Backworth-bred Colour Of Courage (Judpot - Exclusive Honour) opened his winning account in Mauritius Saturday for trainer Gilbert Rousset with Mauritian jockey Reehaze Hoolash up.
South African Horseracing Season
The entire Backworth team wishes to take this opportunity to congratulate all our Equus Champions for the 2012/13 South African Racing Season!
And what a season it turned out to be with one of the most excting finales in recent history as both the Trainers and Breeders Championships went down to the wire, with jet-setting Mike de Kock and fellow KwaZulu-Natal breeder Summerhill Stud pipping contemporaries Vodacom Durban July victor Sean Tarry and Cape-based Klawervlei Stud repectively.
The International Achievement Award fell to Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint winner, Shea Shea, and the Outstanding Stallion Achievement deservedly went to young stallion sensation, Judpot, standing at Varsfontein Stud in partnership with the internationally renowned Niarchos Family.
Our team also wishes to acknowledge the fine efforts of all connections of Horse of the Year, Variety Club, the wonder miler who was unbeaten in five races over the year including the Grade 1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and the Grade 1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge.
Another fantastic season down… and here’s to an even greater 2013/14!
14 August 2013
|International Achievement Award|
|Champion Two-Year-Old Colt|
|Champion Two-Year-Old Filly|
|Along Came Polly|
|Champion Three-Year-Old Colt|
|Champion Three-Year-Old Filly|
|Cherry On The Top|
|Champion Older Male|
|Champion Older Filly / Mare|
|Champion Sprinter (1000m - 1200m)|
|What a Winter|
|Champion Miler (1400m - 1600m)|
|Champion Middle-Distance (1400m - 2200m)|
|Champion Stayer (2400m+)|
|Silvano - Maine Chance Farms|
|Akinfeet - Lammerskraal Stud|
|Outstanding Stallion Achievement|
|Judpot - Varsfontein Stud|
|Breeder Award - Exceptional International Achievement|
|Shea Shea - Klawervlei|
|Media Award - Print|
|Media Award - Television|
|Apprentice of the Year|
|Mike de Kock|
|Owners of the Year|
|Ingrid and Markus Jooste|
|Horse Of The Year|
COLOUR OF COURAGE
Judpot (USA) - Exclusive Honour (SAF) by Exclusive Patriot (USA)
Backworth-bred Colour Of Courage, a son of ‘talk of the National Sales’ Judpot out of our Exclusive Patriot mare Exclusive Honour, won his second start in the Grade 2 Umkhomazi Stakes over 1200m at Scottsville Sunday. The unbeaten two-year-old chestnut colt is the first Graded winner for sire Judpot who stands at Varsfontein Stud in partnership with the internationally renowned Niarchos Family.
A R140,000 graduate of the 2012 KZN Yearling Sale (which seems to be yielding a talented group of young horses already including the likes of Stakes winning Jimmi Choo and Grade 2 winning Virgo’s Babe already), Colour Of Courage got his career off to a blazing start by winning on debut at Greyville by half a length on 4 April over 1300m, beating Var colt Translator by half a length.
Trained by Michael and Rae Miller and piloted by Sean Veale on both occasions, Colour Of Courage took home the Umkhomazi Stakes by half a length from Ace Antonius (Antonius Pius) with Journeyman (Trippi) finishing third. Winning jockey Sean Veale labelled the winner ‘one of best babies in the Miller yard.’
As a KZN-bred, Colour Of Courage qualifies for the R200,000 two-year-old race on KZN Breeders Race Day to be staged on 30 June 2013, as well as the R1million KZN Breeders Juvenile race taking place on Vodacom Durban July day - the latter being exclusively for horses who graduated from the 2012 KZN Yearling Sale.
UMKHOMAZI STAKES (Grade 2)
|1||0.00||COLOUR OF COURAGE||58.0||0||1||S Veale||Michael Miller|
|2||0.50||ACE ANTONIUS||58.0||0||2||S Cormack||Vaughan Marshall|
|3||1.00||JOURNEYMAN||58.0||0||8||A Marcus||Mike de Kock|
|4||6.00||FLY AT EM||58.0||0||10||A Forbes||Duncan Howells|
|5||6.15||PLAYINGTHEENEMY (AUS)||58.0||0||3||G Hatt||Justin Snaith|
|6||8.65||VELVET VERONA||58.0||0||4||S Chambers||Corne Spies|
|7||10.15||SPRITZER||58.0||0||6||S Randolph||Kumaran Naidoo|
|8||15.15||DREAM IN COMBAT||58.0||0||7||J Samuel||Deon Visser|
|9||15.65||PETER CULTURE||58.0||0||9||K Shea||Robbie Hill|
|10||16.65||HYPODROMO DA GAVEA||58.0||0||5||C Orffer||Corne Spies|
|11||0.00||VEE EIGHT||58.0||0||2||M Odendaal||Corne Spies|