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Frankel - Chocolicious Filly fetches $610000 at Inglis Easter Yearling Sale

Frankel - Chocolicious Filly fetches $610000 at Inglis Easter Yearling Sale

Gr1 Allan Robertson winner Chocolicious, a Backworth Stud-bred daughter of Kahal has seen her first yearling by Frankel sold to Shadwell Stud for $610 000, off the Inglis Australia Easter Yearling Sale. She is the first yearling by Frankel to be sold in the Southern Hemisphere.

Variometer Dazzles on KZN Breeders Race Day

Variometer - KZN Breeders 1200Variometer - KZN Breeders 1200
(Photo : Gold Circle)

KZN BREEDERS RACE DAY
Clairwood, 30 June 2013

The KZN Breeders raceday at Clairwood Sunday went down a rip-roaring success.

Headlined by the extremely competitive R1million KwaZulu-Natal Breeders Million Mile, it was evident on the day that increased sales profiling and lip service of the past few years had come to fruition!

From a Backworth perspective, we had two runners on the day; two half-sisters out of our Hennessey mare Lady Electric - Variometer by Var and Dazzle by Muhtafal.

To our delight, the pair ran an impressive 1st and 2nd in the R200,000 Midlands Thoroughbreds KwaZulu-Natal Breeders 1200 for trainers Louis Goosen and Glen Kotzen respectively.

The Summerhill Stud-bred Selborne Supremecy (Kahal - Selborne Park) took honours for trainer Sean Tarry in the Backworth Stud-sponsored R200,000 KwaZulu-Natal Breeders 1900.

MIDLANDS THOROUGHBREDS KWAZULU-NATAL BREEDERS 1200
Clairwood, Turf, 1200m
30 June 2013

Win Time : 72.36

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 VARIOMETER 60.0 102 4 P Strydom Louis Goosen
2 0.75 DAZZLE 52.0 80 8 G van Niekerk Glen Kotzen
3 2.00 JOYFUL SPIRIT 56.0 88 1 S Cormack Dennis Drier
4 2.25 PREAMBLE 52.0 80 9 JP van der Merwe Pat Lunn
5 2.50 IKATI 50.0 69 7 * N Juglall Kumaran Naidoo
6 3.50 INDIGO CHILD 50.0 73 3 * C Zackey Duncan Howells
7 4.75 MAGIC POTION 50.0 69 5 W Kennedy Gary Alexander
8 11.00 KALAAM 60.0 102 6 K Shea Stanley Ferreira
9 11.10 HONOLULU 50.0 72 2 * K de Melo Mark Dixon


Late Scratchings

 
 
10 0.00 SWELL PARTY 54.0 80 8 A Delpech Tony Rivalland
11 0.00 MORE CHING CHING 50.0 67 6 M Yeni Alistair Gordon

Razzle Dazzle for Glen Kotzen

Dazzle HorseAssistant trainer Frikkie Greyling leads in Dazzle with Anton Marcus aboard
(Photo : Gold Circle)

DAZZLE
Muhtafal (USA) - Lady Electric (AUS) by Hennessy (USA)

Prior to Colour Of Courage’s fantastic victory the Grade 2 Umkhomazi Stakes at Scottsville Sunday, Backworth had already scored in the first with Dazzle, a graduate of the 2011 KZN Yearling Sale, romping home to an impressive 4 length maiden win under jockey Anton Marcus for trainer Glen Kotzen.

The performance of the three-year-old filly was just the ‘cherry on the top’ for her owner Tony Moodley, following his Grade 2 success on Champions Day at Turffontein Saturday with Checcetti clinching the Bisquit Cognac Gerald Rosenberg Stakes.

Dazzle, by Muhtafal out of Lady Electric, is a half-sister to fellow-Backworth-bred Stakes winner Variometer. She has now won once and placed twice in her three starts.

SAVAGES FC OLD BOYS MAIDEN PLATE
Scottsville, Turf, 1200m
For Maiden Fillies & Mares  
28 April 2013

Win Time : 70.80

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 DAZZLE 60.0 0 2 A Marcus Glen Kotzen
2 4.00 RAMP DIVA 60.0 0 9 B Fayd’Herbe Mark Dixon
3 4.15 INVENTIVE GIRL (ARG) 60.0 0 7 S Veale Mike de Kock
4 4.65 JAVA MOON 60.0 67 6 C Orffer Michael Roberts
5 6.90 LAGO 60.0 54 1 JP van der Merwe Wendy Whitehead
6 7.00 ON YOUR BIKE 60.0 54 12 C Taylor Mike Pappas
7 7.50 NATIONAL LASS 60.0 0 13 A Forbes Michael Miller
8 10.75 TARFEESHANA (AUS) 60.0 63 3 M Yeni Mike de Kock
9 14.50 TOP ACT 60.0 0 11 *M Ntuli (4.0) Tony Rivalland
10 15.50 SEPTEMBER RAIN 60.0 0 10 *N Patel (4.0) Kumaran Naidoo
11 15.65 MADAME TIGRE 60.0 0 8 A Mgudlwa Sean Tarry
12 15.75 CHASE THE CHERRY 60.0 0 14 *K de Melo Des Egdes
13 21.25 ALIWAL EXPRESS 60.0 0 4 *W van Staden (4.0) Mike Pappas
14 22.00 WOODENITBEROSY 60.0 0 15 *J Barnes (4.0) Julie Dittmer
15 23.50 JUSTA DIVA 60.0 0 5 J Samuel Deon Visser


Late Scratching




16 0.00 ZURA’S LEGACY 60.0 0 6 I Sturgeon Wendy Whitehead
17 0.00 LULLABY 60.0 50 7 n/a Chris Erasmus

Breeding Excellence Honoured at KZN Breeders Awards 2012

Ian Todd and Keith Russon of Backworth Stud - Breeding Achievement AwardIan Todd and Keith Russon of Backworth Stud receive the award for Breeding Achievement from Heather Morkel (Sponsor Summerhill Stud)
(Photo : Tarryn Crawford)

KZN BREEDERS AWARDS
17 November 2012

The KZN Breeders Association held their annual awards on a misty evening at Bellwood Cottages on 17 November to honour the people and Thoroughbreds that have done the industry proud of the past season.

It was an evening that was very well-attended by prominent breeders, owners and trainers alike. It also included an event which brought much fun and amusement into the exciting atmosphere - the inaugural running of the ‘Donkey Derby’ which was won by Bradley McHardy of Quest For Success Pre-training.

Graeme Hawkins, the COO of Gold Circle, was the Master of Ceremonies for the event and the KZN Breeders Association Chairman, Koos de Klerk, gave both a welcoming and motivating speech regarding the exciting events that have occurred within the ambit of the KZN Breeders of the past year - as well as giving a hint of exciting prospects and plans for the year ahead.

“I want to extend a personal thank you to the board members of KZN Breeders Club and the effort that each of the members put in for the welfare of the club and breeders in KZN,” said Koos de Klerk. “Thank you too to the sponsors of the awards, it is greatly appreciated. We have had a number of initiatives that have borne fruit and will in future include the KZN Breeders Golf Day and KZN Breeders Million Mile Race Day, KZN Yearling Sales and the R1million race initiated for Vodacom Durban July day which is part of the initiative of our Triple Million Challenge. For a horse that can achieve the treble: winning the R1million race on Vodacom Durban July day, the next year’s Million Mile as a three-year-old and the following year as a four year old, a R1million bonus will be paid. Moving ahead, we will have another six races for R200,000 next year on the KZN Breeders Race Day (incorporating the Million Mile). Further details will be announced very soon - all of which will promote racing and breeding in KZN and we hope to see the results of that. We have already seen the success of the 2012 KZN Yearling Sale. Candiese Marnewick has been appointed as an admin manager and we hope to have her at all sales as well as to brand KZN horses, to promote KZN horses and to promote the Breeders Premium Scheme. We are also looking forward to some serious stallion purchases, starting with the announcement of Crusade.”

Congratulations must go to the winners which saw Dancewiththedevil crowned KZN Breeders Horse Of The Year for a second consecutive year. Breeder, owner and trainer St John Gray was on hand to recieve numerous awards which included Broodmare Of The Year for Emperor’s Dance who resides at Cathy and Jonathan Martin’s Hadlow Stud for St John Gray.

KZN Breeders Stallion Of The Year went to Kahal, owned by Shadwell Stud and now standing at Warwick and Karin Render’s Bush Hill Stud. Kahal was represented with a number of nominees on the evening, in particular he stood out as the sire of every nominee in the category of Outstanding Female Sprinter - won ultimately by Mannequin of Summerhill Stud. Bush Hill Stud took home awards for The Mouseketeer in the category of Outstanding Male Sprinter on behalf of breeder Dr Ian Heyns, as well as for the Bush Hill-stud raised Seal for Outstanding Male Stayer.

Summerhill Stud once again took home the award for Leading Breeder Of The Year and achieved wins in a total of five categories - with Extra Zero, Mannequin and Vodacom Durban July runner-up Smanjemanje.

Keith Russon and Ian Todd of Backworth Stud won the award for Breeding Achievement. Backworth Stud had achieved an impressive 53% runners to winners ratio over the last racing season. Backworth’s Variometer, nominee for Outstanding Three-Year-Old Sprinter Female and Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly had gone onto win the Gardenia Listed Handicap the evening before the awards in a very impressive fashion from a strong field of sprinting fillies that included winner of the Outstanding Female Sprinter categoey, Mannequin (bred by Summerhill Stud).

The KZN Breeders Awards winners for 2012 are :

Horse Sire Dam Breeder
Outstanding Two-Year-Old Colt
Greenacre Mogok Kentucky Home Yellow Star Stud
Outstanding Three-Year-Old Sprinter Female
Extra Zero Way West Haifaa Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Three-Year-Old Colt
Eton Square Miesque’s Approval Monroe Scott Bros
Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly
Kalami Daylami Kal Sufi R & Mrs Pickering
Outstanding Sprinter Male
The Mouseketeer Kahal Look Sharp Bush Hill Stud
Outstanding Sprinter Female
Mannequin Kahal Model K Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Middle Distance Male
Smanjemanje Kahal In Style Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Middle Distance Female
Dancewiththedevil Modus Vivendi Emperor’s Dance Graystone Stud
Outstanding Stayer Male
Seal Silvano Prestine Performer IR Heyns
Outstanding Older Male
Smanjemanje Kahal In Style Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Older Female
Dancewiththedevil Modus Vivendi Emperor’s Dance Graystone Stud
Broodmare of the Year
Emperor’s Dance
Stallion of the Year
Kahal
Leading Breeder of the Year
Summerhill Stud
Breeding Achievement
Backworth Stud
Anita Akal Award
Linda Norval
Horse of the Year
Dancewiththedevil

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Extract from KZN Breeders

Variometer Electrifies Gardenia Handicap Speed Queens

Variometer wins the Gardenia HandicapVariometer wins the Gardenia Handicap (L)
(Photo : JC Photos)

VARIOMETER (SAF)
Var (USA) - Lady Electric (AUS)

There was no hanging about in Friday evening’s R135,000 Listed Gardenia Handicap run over 1000m at Turffontein. The speed queens were at full throttle from the jump.

The gallant speed mare Mannequin came out carrying top-weight of 62,5kgs, and while she failed to register her thirteenth victory, she was hardly disgraced when finishing in third; just under a length behind the year younger Variometer.

Anton Marcus rode a top-class race when producing the Louis Goosen-trained flyer at the right moment inside the final 200m to register a heartstopping win.

The race panned out perfectly for the champion jockey as the Mike Azzie-trained super-quick La Volta dashed off to lead the enthusiastic mare Mannequin, with Three Nations and Miss Cantona in hot pursuit.

Marcus worked Variometer through as Mannequin challenged La Volta late, and in a nailbiting drive to the wire Variometer edged ahead to win by a short head in a time of 56,72secs.

Goosen’s shrewd move in fitting the blinkers to a filly endowed with plenty of natural speed was just the tonic required to change the place cheque scenario into something far more rewarding. She is also a far better filly on the turf.

The Backworth Stud product Variometer, is out of the Australian- bred Hennessy mare, Lady Electric, who won once over 1000m from just 2 starts.

Variometer is now a winner of 5 of her 17 starts, with 7 places for stake earnings of R469,675. She cost R140,000 at the KZN Yearling Sale.

All her victories have been recorded over 1000m and this was her third Listed win after the Ruffian Stakes as a 2-year-old, and the Bauhinia Handicap in her 3-year-old season.

Variometer is always worth following over the minimum chop and should make a lovely broodmare in time to come.

GARDENIA HANDICAP (LISTED)
Turffontein, Standside, Night, Turf, 1000m
16 November 2012

Win Time : 56.72

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 VARIOMETER 61.5 101 5 A Marcus Louis Goosen
2 0.10 LA VOLTA 52.0 82 6 R Fradd Mike Azzie
3 0.85 MANNEQUIN 62.5 103 1 R Simons Paul Matchett
4 1.10 JOLLY POPPINS 55.5 89 4 P Strydom Louis Goosen
5 1.50 MYSTICAL JET 52.0 79 7 * D Lembethe Clinton Binda
6 1.75 LARUSSA 58.5 95 8 R Hughes Mike Azzie
7 2.00 THREE NATIONS 52.0 80 10 M Malherbe Stanley Ferreira
8 2.05 MALAGA-BELLE 59.5 97 2 G Lerena Dominic Zaki
9 4.75 MISS CANTONA 52.0 86 3 J Moreira Louis Goosen
10 6.50 LAVISH GAL 52.0 67 9 S Khumalo Grant Maroun


Late Scratchings




11 0.00 FANZENE 52.0 74 10 M van Rensburg Geoff Woodruff

Extract from Sporting Post

KZN Breeders Awards Nominations 2012

kzn breeders awards 2012 nominations rss

KZN BREEDERS AWARDS
Bellwood Cottages, 17 November 2012

The KZN Breeders Association will be hosting the annual Awards evening at Bellwood Cottages on 17 November; congratulations to all the breeders with horses nominated for this years awards.

Summerhill Stud, being the champion breeders that they are, have the biggest nominee representation at the upcoming awards, with 11 nominations and seven horses - including the likes of Pierre Jourdan, Black Wing, Love Struck, Vodacom Durban July runner-up Smanjemanje and fillies such as Mannequin, Checcetti and Extra Zero.

Backworth Stud have two nominations with fast fillies Chocolicious and Variometer. Keith Russon and Ian Todd of Backworth have had an excellent year, producing a runners to winners percentage of over 53% - with a number of Black-type winners achieved last season. Variometer has been nominated for Outstanding Three-Year-Old Sprinter Female, as well as Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly, whilst Gr1 winning Chocolicious is in the Outstanding Sprinter Female category.

Scott Bros consistently produce classy performers and this year is no different. The recent emergence of Eton Square, a son of their resident sire Miesque’s Approval, won a Gr3 earlier this year and went on to place in the Vodacom Durban July, leaving a trail of talented horses in his wake. Others the Scott Bros have up for nomination are Mogok’s Desire and another by Mogok with The Apache. The Apache was exported earlier this year and is now under the care of Mike de Kock - he was scheduled to campaign in the East but a change of plan now sees The Apache in Dubai.

Bush Hill Stud have the flag flying, represented by The Mouseketeer - and another proud moment with Dr Ian Heyns’ Seal, who was born and raised at Warwick and Karin Render’s farm.

Bush Hill Stud are represented in two categories with The Mousketeer (by Kahal), and against Seal (also with two nominations) in the Outstanding Older Male category. Their resident sire Kahal has seven of his progeny nominated - and it must be pointed out that the category of Outstanding Sprinter Female sees all three nominees by Kahal, bred by three different breeders. The Renders’ recently welcomed a full-brother to The Mousketeer last week.

KZN Breeders Association Chairman Koos De Klerk, has Greenacre nominated in the category of Outstanding Two Year Old Colt, bred by his and Lorraine De Klerk’s Yellow Star Stud.

Aldora have Soul Master, a son of KZN-bred national champion sire Jet Master, nominated for Outstanding Male Stayer. Soul Master recently won the Listed Java Handicap by two lengths, carrying top weight of 60kgs over 2450m.

Another point of interest is Rob and Michele Pickering’s Daylami filly, Kalami. She is out of Kal Sufi which makes her a half-sister to Model K, the sale-stopper of the 2012 KZN Mixed Sale this year - she is the dam of Mannequin (bred by Summerhill Stud) who has a nomination in the category of Outstanding Sprinter Female. Kalami has been nominated for Outstanding 3 Year-Old Filly. Model K foaled a full-sister to Mannequin this year.

St John Gray’s Graystone Stud have two nominees - Dancewiththedevil who was voted KZN Breeders Horse Of The Year in 2011 - and Engagement - who recently retired to Hadlow Stud. Dancewiththedevil is on her way to an exciting career in the UK and this year’s awards see her in two different categories. Engagement is a daughter of Announce, a stallion that St John Gray has had a lot of success with as well as his full brother Sarge. Engagement will be up against her ex-paddock and stablemate, Dancewiththedevil, as well as Checcetti in the award for Outstanding Middle Distance Female.

It is rewarding to see a number of horses nominated that come from private breeders. Awesome Beauty, bred by Mr Bunwarie, is by Cataloochee out of Bejewelled Beauty. Born and raised at Mike and Tanya McHardy’s Rathmor Stud, her dam Bejewelled Beauty has produced a chestnut Strategic News (AUS) colt this season.

Shogunnar, by Solksjaer bred by Fenn Tarbitt, is a half-brother to two successful black-type racemares in Saltwater Girl and Rapid Flow. The dam Surfer’s Eye has an outstanding Admire Main filly named Admiral’s Eye (Lot 120), a horse who ran an impressive gallop at Summerhill last week entered on the upcoming Emperors Palace Ready To Run sale. Shogunnar has been nominated in the category of Outstanding 3 Year-Old Colt.

Messrs P and RM Sewgoolam have Furious Dancer nominated for Outstanding Male Sprinter. Furious Dancer was foaled at Neil Sykes’ Orangewood Stud while Kjell Foundation have Kalaam, a daughter of Kahal, nominated for two categories.

Mr and Mrs Rosseau of St Helier Stud have made KZN proud with Madigan, who recently took home Zimbabwe’s Joint Horse Of The Year. Madigan won the Zimbabwean Triple Crown earlier this year. Madigan has been nominated in the category of Outstanding Three Year Old Colt.

The KZN Breeders Awards evening will start at 6 for 6:30pm, R300 per person. Contact Candiese (candiese@kznbreeders.co.za) if you would like to make a booking for the evening.

Congratulations to the following nominees:

KZN BREEDERS AWARDS
Nominations

Horse Sire Dam Breeder
Outstanding Two-Year-Old Colt
Greenacre Mogok Kentucky Home Yellow Star Stud
Love Struck Kahal Particular Passion Summerhill Stud
Mogok’s Desire Mogok Royal Promise Scott Bros
Outstanding Three-Year-Old Sprinter Female
Extra Zero Way West Haifaa Summerhill Stud
Variometer Var Lady Electric Backworth Stud
Awesome Beauty Cataloochee Bejewelled Beauty S Bunwarie
Outstanding Three-Year-Old Colt
Shogunnar Solskjaer Surfers Eye F Tarbitt
Madigan Joshua Dancer Western Glow SR Rosseau
Eton Square Miesque’s Approval Monroe Scott Bros
Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly
Kalami Daylami Kal Sufi R & Mrs Pickering
Extra Zero Way West Haifaa Summerhill Stud
Variometer Var Lady Electric Backworth Stud
Outstanding Sprinter Male
Furious Dancer Dancing Duel Furious But Fast P & RM Sewgoolam
The Mouseketeer Kahal Look Sharp Bush Hill Stud
Midnight Serenade Malhub Sapphire Serenade Clifton Stud
Outstanding Sprinter Female
Kalaam Kahal Salaam Kjell Foundation
Mannequin Kahal Model K Summerhill Stud
Chocolicious Kahal Candy Box Backworth Stud
Outstanding Middle Distance Male
Pierre Jourdan Parade Leader Vin Fizz Summerhill Stud
Black Wing Kahal Fly Away Home Summerhill Stud
Smanjemanje Kahal In Style Summerhill Stud
The Apache Mogok Apache Rose Scott Bros
Outstanding Middle Distance Female
Dancewiththedevil Modus Vivendi Emperor’s Dance Graystone Stud
Engagement Announce Be My Gem Graystone Stud
Checcetti Kahal Dancer’s Choice Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Stayer Male
Seal Silvano Prestine Performer IR Heyns
Soul Master Jet Master Saintly Soul Aldora Stud
Outstanding Older Male
The Mouseketeer Kahal Look Sharp Bush Hill Stud
Smanjemanje Kahal In Style Summerhill Stud
Seal Silvano Prestine Performer IR Heyns
Pierre Jourdan Parade Leader Vin Fizz Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Older Female
Dancewiththedevil Modus Vivendi Emperor’s Dance Graystone Stud
Kalaam Kahal Salaam Kjell Foundation
Checcetti Kahal Dancer’s Choice Summerhill Stud

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EARLY THANKSGIVING FOR BACKWORTH

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“We really are celebrating an early Thanksgiving this year!”

We looked at the Sporting Post statistics for the 2011-2012 season, and have to say how proud we are. From just 37 runners, Backworth Stud ended up in 30th place on the National Log with R2,272,386 earnings, and from there 1st position in Places to Runners of 38%, 2nd position Winners to Runners of 54%, and 8th position with and AEPR of R61,416.

But on closer analysis, one acknowledges there is much more to give thanks for! And that is to all the players in this incredible game - it is a privilege to be a part of it.

We start by celebrating the horse, this amazing animal that leaves us in daily wonder. So, in acknowledging performance, we need to congratulate trainers, where Paul Matchett’s ‘Raise The Bar’ (Gold Keeper / Moving On Up) was our biggest contributing earner, closely contested by Herman Brown trained ‘Chocolicious’ (Kahal/Candy Box), Louis Goosen’s ‘Variometer’ (Var/Lady Electric), Lucky Houdalakis’ ‘Glitter Star’ (Muhtafal/Celestial Charm), Brian Wiid’s Varlet (Var/Miss Unimac ) and Ivan Moore’s ‘Devonella’ (Kahal/Devon-Sent) to name a few.

There were the jockeys who were a part in achieving this great Win and Place statistic, and Anton Marcus rode his 200th victory on Backworth-bred Glitter Star, helping him achieve top Jockey position with 205 wins.

But life isn’t just about performance! It’s about knowing the rules, and playing the game fairly, it’s about integrity, it’s about trust, it’s about embracing your fellows, and respecting everyone’s right to earn an honest living. It is also about support - and for that we are certainly fortunate. We’ve witnessed a growing loyalty from owners, trainers, pre-trainers, vets and interest groups, who see the value in a Backworth-bred. We appreciate the dedication, concern and professionalism of our Stud vet and farrier. We enjoy the sporting challenge from our fellow breeders, the cooperation of the stallion owners, the insurers, the transporters, the feed company, the advertising agency, the bank, the racing companies, auction houses, Tellytrack, and all the partnerships that bring this business together. We are forever grateful for the underbidders at sales, the competition on the race track, and the thrill and stress of the auctions. It is all the amazing new people we continually meet, and who share (or respect) this obsession! It is the visitors to the Stud. And then, there are the friends and family, with their perennial, evergreen commitment and interest in Backworth.

We like to think we can factor in an elusive, mystery ‘soul’ factor to our Backworth-breds. It is what has brought us to where we are, and it is many things. It’s the committed passion of the team on the farm, who are as much the face of our business as are our horses in the training yards around the country. It’s the hours spent pouring over pedigrees and planning matings. It is that resilience to ride out on the challenging tracks livestock breeding puts you through. It’s making business decisions that defy fiscal logic! It’s the tedious admin. It’s the gentle relationships with the mares and horses on the farm. It’s dreaming of the potential in a foal. It’s the natural beauty of the environment we breed in, the winds that blow through our fields, the sun that shines on our paddocks, and the mists that shroud us in mystery. It’s believing in what we do. It’s Scotty dogs, it’s our treasured home and it’s where our hearts are. It is all of this, and we continue to be absolutely passionate about all things Backworth!

We write from Eston, end August, seven beautiful foals on the ground, fifteen to go, and with the recent settling rains, there is that wonderful promise of spring in the air.

So whilst giving “thanks” for our 2011-2012 Breeding Year, with the benchmarks of Frankel and Black Caviar on the table, we take on the 2012-2013 Breeding Year with a renewed vigour!

Yes, Thanksgiving has come early for Backworth!

Keith and Ian

VARIOMETER PRINCESS OF THE BAUHINIA HANDICAP

Variometer wins Bauhinia HandicapVariometer (SAF) - Bauhinia Handicap (Listed)
(Photo : JC Photos)

VARIOMETER (SAF)
Var (USA) - Lady Electric (AUS) by Hennessy (USA)

Speedy three-year-old chestnut filly, Variometer, took a perfectly timed three-quarter length victory, carrying top weight, in the Bauhinia Handicap (Listed) over 1000m on Turffontein’s old course last night. ‘Precision’ jockey, Piere Strydom, presented the Louis Goosen-trained daughter of Var 200m out before she charged away in the final 100m from Jolly Poppins, Three Nations, Extra Zero and Princess Rue.

Variometer is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2010 KZN Yearling Sale and this win takes her career record to 4 wins and 3 place from 10 starts.

BAUHINIA HANDICAP (Listed)
Turffontein Standside, Night, Turf, 1000m
13 March 2012

Win Time : 56.26

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 VARIOMETER 60.0 98 3 P Strydom Louis Goosen
2 0.75 JOLLY POPPINS 58.0 89 5 C Maujean Louis Goosen
3 1.25 THREE NATIONS 52.0 82 8 M Malherbe Stanley Ferreira
4 2.00 EXTRA ZERO 58.0 94 7 R Fradd Sean Tarry
5 2.75 PRINCESS RUE 52.0 71 1 * N Juglall Kumaran Naidoo
6 3.75 KINEMATIC COUNTESS 54.0 86 9 F Herholdt Roy Magner
7 4.25 LADY BEATRIX 52.0 76 2 T Appie Brett Webber
8 5.25 GOLDEN VEIL 52.0 75 4 ** R Fourie +0.5 Spike Lerena
9 7.00 MALAGA-BELLE 59.5 97 6 G Lerena Dominic Zaki
10 10.00 MIDNIGHT DRAGON 52.0 68 10 E Pheiffer Louis Goosen

VARIOMETER WINS GRADUATION PLATE IN ELECTRIC STYLE

Variometer by VarVariometer - KZN Yearling Sale 2010
(Photo : Backworth Stud)

VARIOMETER (SAF)
Var (USA) - Lady Electric (AUS) by Hennessy (USA)

Classy three-year-old chestnut filly, Variometer, took an electric 1.25 length victory, carrying top weight, in a Graduation Plate at Turffontein last Saturday under a fine ride from jockey Anthony Delpech for trainer Louis Goosen.

Variometer is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2010 KZN Yearling Sale and takes her career record to 3 wins and 1 place from 7 starts.

SOCCER 6 GRADUATION PLATE (F & M)
Maidens, 1 & 2 time winners Fillies & Mares
Turffontein Standside, Turf, 1000m
17 December 2011

Win Time : 57.37
# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 VARIOMETER 60.0 92 3 A Delpech Louis Goosen
2 1.25 REGAL ROXY 56.0 68 6 L Nhlapo Leon Erasmus
3 2.25 AMAZING GRACE 57.0 76 4 * J P van der Merwe Alec Laird
4 3.25 QUEEN SARAH 57.0 64 7 * R Curling (1.5) Paul Peter
5 5.50 PINE SHADE 57.5 76 2 S Brown Dianne Stenger
6 6.00 PERSONALINVITE 57.5 67 8 G Lerena Paul Peter
7 9.00 CANTE LIBRE 56.5 76 1 * J Greyling (1.5) Paul Matchett
8 11.00 CLUB CAPTAIN 57.0 66 5 * E Pheiffer Leon Erasmus


Late Scratchings




9 0.00 KAHAL’S FANTASY 60.0 65 8 D Mansour Brian Wiid
10 0.00 STYLISTA 57.0 80 2 M Mienie Paul Matchett

VARIOMETER AND CHOCOLICIOUS KNOCKING ON THE DOOR

Herman Brown Jnr and Louis GoosenVariometer and Chocolicious knocking on the door for trainers Louis Goosen and Herman Brown…

“WE ARE WORTH BACKING”

Backworth-breds have been knocking on the Graded and Listed race doors recently with a return to form for both Chocolicious and Variometer!

In November at Turffontein, Variometer (Var (USA) - Lady Electric (Aus) by Hennessy) ran a convincing 2nd to Waywest Goddess (Way West (AUS) - Gallic Goddess by Gallic League (IRE)) in the Gardenia Handicap (Listed) setting up a tremendous 1-2 for trainer Louis Goosen.

This past weekend saw Chocolicious (Kahal (GB) - Candy Box by Exclusive Patriot (USA)) missing out by half a length in the Magnolia Handicap (Grade 3) at Turffontein for trainer Herman Brown Jnr; conceding 6kgs to the winner Jackodore (Toreador (IRE) - I’m Alright Jack by Shoe Danzig (USA)).

Variometer takes her career record to 2 wins and 1 place from 6 starts while Chocolicious takes hers to 2 wins and 7 places from 9 starts.

VARIOMETER NOMINATED FOR KZN OUTSTANDING 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY

Variometer wins the Ruffian Stakes for trainer Louis GoosenVARIOMETER - Ruffian Stakes (Listed)
(Photo : JC Photos / Backworth Stud)

VARIOMETER
Var (USA) - Lady Electric (AUS) by Hennessy (USA)

Ruffian Stakes victress, Variometer, has been nominated in the category of Outstanding Two-Year-Old Filly for the KZN Breeders Awards to be held at Bellwood Cottages on 25 November 2011. She’s among some classy company in Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup runner-up, Extra Zero, SA Filles Nursery third placed, Indigo Princess, and Strelitzia Stakes runner-up, Lavish Gal.

Variometer is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2010 KZN Yearling Sale.

We’re holding thumbs!

 

KZN BREEDERS AWARDS 2011
Bellwood Cottages, 25 November 2011

Horse Sire Dam Breeder
Outstanding Two-Year-Old Filly
Extra Zero Way West Haifaa Summerhill Stud
Indigo Princess King Of Kings Cornflower Blue Mr & Mrs GE Lees
Lavish Gal Makaarem Lavishly Mr & Mrs R Pickering
Variometer Var Lady Electric Backworth Stud
Outstanding Two-Year-Old Colt
In A Rush Windrush Sweet Whisper PG Choice
Midnight Serenade Malhub Sapphire Serenade Clifton Stud
Silver Age Requiem Russian Belle Mr & Mrs B Le Roux
Outstanding Sprinter Female 1000m - 1200m
Apple Princess Announce Apple Fair Graystone Stud
Mannequin Kahal Model K Summerhill Stud
Onehundredacrewood Malhub Roman Dream Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Sprinter Male 1000m - 1200m
Arabian Mist Muhtafal Valley Mist Summerhill Stud
Midnight Serenade Malhub Sapphire Serenade Clifton Stud
Silver Age Requiem Russian Belle Mr & Mrs B Le Roux
Outstanding Middle Distance Female 1400m - 1800m
Dancewiththedevil Modus Vivendi Emperor’s Dance Graystone Stud
Fisani Kahal Gypsey Spirit Summerhill Stud
Las Ramblas Toreador Silent Kiss GEJ van der Merwe
Outstanding Middle Distance Male 1400m - 1800m
Grisham Kahal Pelican Brief Spring Valley Stud
Pierre Jourdan Parade Leader Vin Fizz Summerhill Stud
The Apache Mogok Apache Rose Scott Bros
Outstanding Stayer Female 1900m - 3200m
Fisani Kahal Gypsey Spirit Summerhill Stud
Las Ramblas Toreador Silent Kiss GEJ van der Merwe
Outstanding Stayer Male 1900m - 3200m
Grey Cossack Fanatic Dane Desert Fields JM Goodman
Seal Silvano Prestine Performer IF Heyns
The Apache Mogok Apache Rose Scott Bros
Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly
Las Ramblas Toreador Silent Kiss GEJ van der Merwe
Legal Account Lake Coniston Golden National Takemore Stud / A Rapp
Pisces Star Kahal Lady Faye Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Three-Year-Old Colt
Ice Axe Solskjaer Nordic Ice Summerhill Stud
Seal Silvano Prestine Performer IR Heyns
The Apache Mogok Apache Rose Scott Bros
Outstanding Older Female
Apple Princess Announce Apple Fair Graystone Stud
Dancewiththedevil Modus Vivendi Emperor’s Dance Graystone Stud
Fisani Kahal Gypsey Spirit Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Older Male
Grey Cossack Fanatic Dane Desert Fields JM Goodman
Grisham Kahal Pelican Brief Spring Valley Stud
Pierre Jourdan Parade Leader Vin Fizz Summerhill Stud

www.kznbreeders.co.za

LOUIS GOOSEN : NYS BLOCK G - A RACING CERTAINTY

Louis GoosenTrainer Louis Goosen
(Photo : Supplied)

EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE
15 - 17 April 2011
BLOCK G

“When it comes to a stud farm, my two vital tests must be passed, for me to buy from that farm again. The first is how the horse’s bone stands up to training and the second is whether the horse holds condition, once in my yard. I don’t have time for soft boned horses. Any fool can fatten a horse up for a sale. Once that fool has walked away, the trainer watches the “puncture”, as the horse fades away.

I am pleased to confirm that Backworth horses have good bone and thrive in my yard. I will be back!

When you can’t beat them, join them! After running second to Backworth-bred Chocolicious in the 2010 Grade 1 Allan Robertson, it was a no-brainer for me - I went out and bought Variometer from Backworth.

There are 600 horses on this year’s National Yearling Sale. I won’t look at them all. But, I will be looking at the 11 Backworth horses in Block G - That’s a racing certainty!”

Louis Goosen

VAR : LEADING SIRE OF 2-YEAR-OLDS BY STAKES

Stallion Var standing at Avontuur StudVar
(Photo : Avontuur Farm)

VAR (USA)
Forest Wildcat (USA) - Loma Preata (USA)

Avontuur Farm’s resident stallion Var had a remarkable past weekend reports the Sporting Post :

The Var syndicate’s own sponsored race, the R150,000 Gold Rush Sprint over 1100m at Turffontein, was won by 3-year-old gelding Timeofreckoning. Bred by Zenzele Stud out of the Fine Edge mare Thin Air, the 3-year-old scored his third win from five starts. He is trained by Charles Laird, and races in the colours of Ingrid and Markus Jooste. Timeofreckoning was a R350,000 National Sale yearling.

Half an hour earlier, the R135,000 Listed Ruffian Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, over 1000m at the same track, had fallen prey to Variometer. This chestnut daughter of Var races for a large syndicate of owners, and is trained by Louis Goosen. Bred by Backworth Stud, out of Australian-bred Hennesy mare Lady Electric, she’d been a R140,000 Natal Yearling Sale purchase. Variometer is Var’s sixth individual stakes winner.

Meanwhile, at Durbanville in the Cape, Var’s daughter Variety Club retained her unbeaten record when winning a Juvenile Plate, carrying top-weight. Another to race in the Jooste-colours, Variety Club is out of Secret Prospector mare La Massine, and is half sister to multiple Mauritian stakes winner Rhythmically. She had been a R425,000 Vintage Yearling Sale purchase.

Var is currently South Africa’s leading sire of 2-year-old by stakes and stands at Avontuur Farm.

VARIOMETER VICTORIOUS IN RUFFIAN STAKES

Variometer wins the Ruffian Stakes for trainer Louis GoosenVARIOMETER - Ruffian Stakes (Listed)
(Photo : JC Photos / Backworth Stud)

VARIOMETER
Var (USA) - Lady Electric (AUS) by Hennessy (USA)

Variometer made it an undefeated two from two Saturday in the R135,000 Ruffian Stakes (Listed) over 1000m at Turffontein.

Backworth congratulates trainer Louis Goosen and the winning connections.

Variometer is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2010 KZN Yearling Sale.

 

 

 

Ruffian Stakes (Listed)
For 2 Year Old Fillies
Turffontein, Turf, 1000m
Win Time : 56.59

Trainer : Louis Goosen
Jockey : Deon Sampson
Owners : Messrs P Lee Chung, C M Comaroff, C C Klopper, B K Parker, A B Lansdell, D Badal, G M Chetty and Ms L L Watt
Breeder : Backworth Stud

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 VARIOMETER 56.0 0 10 J Sampson Louis Goosen
2 1.00 KINETIC COUNTESS 53.0 0 4 F Herholdt Roy Magner
3 1.25 HIDDEN BEAUTY 58.0 0 6 F Coetzee Paul Matchett
4 1.50 EXTRAORDINAIRE 56.0 0 9 M Mienie Paul Matchett
5 3.50 SHEZTHECLUBQUEEN 53.0 0 1 S Khumalo Terry Lowe
6 3.75 SOLARIUM 56.0 0 8 * JP v’d Merwe Mike Azzie
7 4.00 MIDNIGHT DRAGON 53.0 0 5 M Malherbe Louis Goosen
8 8.00 DANCING CHRIS 53.0 0 3 N Welch Corne Spies
9 9.00 JICA ACTION 56.0 0 8 G Lerena Corne Spies
10 9.10 CORAL COLOUR 53.0 0 7 F Naude Corne Spies
    Late Scratching          
11 0.00 FLAME FIGHTER 53.0 0 5 D McCreedy Alec Laird

WHAT'S YOU FAVOURITE INDULGENCE?

Top Of The Chocs, Vriometer, Varlet and ChocoliciousClick to enlarge…

TAKE YOUR PICK… IT’S BOUND TO BE A WINNER!

We are thrilled and proud to have two 2 Year Olds, and one 3 Year Old, win their debut races.

Top Of The Chocs at Clairwood for Herman Brown, Variometer at the Vaal for Louis Goosen and Varlet at Turffontein for Brian Wiid.

Congratulations to all the winning connections.

TOP OF THE CHOCS Miesque’s Approval - Candy Box For Herman Brown
VARIOMETER Var - Lady Electric For Louis Goosen
VARLET Var - Miss Unimac For Brian Wiid
CHOCOLICIOUS Kahal - Candy Box Third in Dubai UAE 1000 Guineas

VARIOMETER WINS ON DEBUT FOR LOUIS GOOSEN

variometerVariometer - KZN Yearling Sale 2010
(Photo : Backworth Stud)

VARIOMETER
Var (USA) - Lady Electric (AUS) by Hennessy (USA)

Variometer scored an impressive four and a quarter length win on debut last Thursday in a Maiden Juvenile Plate over 1000m at the Vaal.

Backworth congratulates trainer Louis Goosen.

Variometer is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2010 KZN Yearling Sale.

 

 

 

Racing Express Maiden Juvenile Plate
For 2 Year Old Fillies
Vaal, Turf, 1000m
Win Time : 57.17

Trainer : Louis Goosen
Jockey : Menno Malherbe
Owners : Messrs P Lee Chung, C M Comaroff, C C Klopper, B K Parker, A B Lansdell, D Badal, G M Chetty and Ms L L Watt
Breeder : Backworth Stud

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 VARIOMETER 58.0 0 2 M Malherbe Louis Goosen
2 4.25 STAR FACTOR 58.0 0 3 F Coetzee Weiho Marwing
3 7.75 LA VOLTA 58.0 0 1 P Strydom David Rahilly
4 10.00 PANAGIA 58.0 0 5 S Khumalo Dominic Zaki
5 10.50 STAGE STRUCK 58.0 0 6 M Van Rensburg Chris Erasmus
6 13.00 ON APPRO 58.0 0 7 D Yeo Chris Erasmus
7 14.00 MOONELLI 58.0 0 4 F Naude Paul Peter
8 19.00 KIWI ISLAND 58.0 0 8 *T Appie (1.5) Coenie de Beer


Late Scratchings




9 0.00 BELLA CASA 58.0 0 7 *J Greyling (2.5) Paul Peter
10 0.00 EXTRAORDINAIRE 58.0 0 1 M Mienie Paul Matchett
11 0.00 MAGGIE THATCH 58.0 0 5 R Simons Paul Matchett

Top Vendor! Top 2 Prices! Highest Average!

kzn yearling sale 2010 top lot miss kitty by black minnaloushe out of miss unimacLot 161 MISS KITTY (Black Minnaloushe - Miss Unimac)KZN YEARLING SALE 2010

Keith Russon and Ian Todd of Backworth Stud would like to thank all those who showed interest in our Yearlings at the KZN Yearling Sale in June, and contributed to the success of the Sale.

Much interest was shown in the fillies, ‘Miss Kitty’ (Black Minnaloushe - Miss Unimac), ‘Step It Up’ (Windrush - Moving On Up), ‘Discography’ (Cataloochee - Deer Dancer) and ‘Variometer’ (Var - Lady Electric), which was reflected in the top prices.

Here’s wishing all you Owners many hours of “Racing Fun and Success!”

 


KZN Yearling Sale 2010
Top 10 Lots

Lot Horse Sex Sire Dam Vendor Price (ZAR)
161 MISS KITTY F Black Minnaloushe Miss Unimac Backworth Stud 220,000
164 STEP IT UP F Windrush Moving On Up Backworth Stud 220,000
152 MALAGA-BELLE F Silvano Malaguena Nutfield Stud 150,000
173 GOLDEN LORD C Overlord Nip Of Gold Roski Stud 150,000
209 GULF KING C Lecture Royal Drummer Ascot Stud 150,000
141 VARIOMETER F Var Lady Electric Backworth Stud 140,000
219 SPONDULICS C Silvano Secret To Success Maine Chance Farms 130,000
55 DISCOGRAPHY F Cataloochee Deer Dancer Backworth Stud 110,000
250 VOUVRAY F Black Minnaloushe Vino Rosa Maine Chance Farms 110,000
137 CASA NOSTRA F Strike Smartly Kentucky Home Yellow Star Stud 105,000