Varsfontein Stud

Colour Of Courage Delivers The Best Developers Cup

Colour Of Courage Delivers The Best Developers Cup

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.

Equus Awards 2013 : Congratulations to our Champions!

Equus Awards 2013Equus Awards 2013
(Photo : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

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!

Keith and Ian

Emperors Palace
14 August 2013

International Achievement Award
Shea Shea
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
Variety Club
Champion Older Filly / Mare
Beach Beauty
Champion Sprinter (1000m - 1200m)
What a Winter
Champion Miler (1400m - 1600m)
Variety Club
Champion Middle-Distance (1400m - 2200m)
Heavy Metal
Champion Stayer (2400m+)
Jeppe’s Reef
Champion Stallion
Silvano - Maine Chance Farms
Champion Broodmare
Akinfeet - Lammerskraal Stud
Champion Breeder
Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Stallion Achievement
Judpot - Varsfontein Stud
Breeder Award - Exceptional International Achievement
Shea Shea - Klawervlei
Media Award - Print
David Thiselton
Media Award - Television
Jimmy Lithgow
Apprentice of the Year
Nooresh Juglall
Champion Jockey
Piere Strydom
Champion Trainer
Mike de Kock
Owners of the Year
Ingrid and Markus Jooste
Horse Of The Year
Variety Club

Colour Of Courage Aces Umkhomazi Stakes

Colour Of Courage - Umkhomazi StakesColour Of Courage (SAF) - Umkhomazi Stakes (Grade 2)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

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.’

Owned by Michel Nairac, Robert Maingard and Baroness Bergsma of Longford, Colour Of Courage takes his stakes earnings to R170,000 from just 2 starts.

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.

Scottsville, Turf, 1200m
For 2 Year-Olds
28 April 2013

Win Time : 70.45

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
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

Late Scratching

11 0.00 VEE EIGHT 58.0 0 2 M Odendaal Corne Spies

Extracts from KZN Breeders