Vodacom Durban July

Colour Of Courage leads KZN Breeders Juvenile Million Log

Colour of Courage HorseBackworth-bred Colour Of Courage
(Photo : Gold Circle)

Greyville, 6 July 2013

The first log for the KZN Breeders Juvenile Million race to be held on Vodacom Durban July day, 6 July 2013, was released to the the media yesterday. The race, for a stake of R1-million, is a fantastic incentive to buy a yearling off the 2013 KZN Yearling Sale.

So far the leaders on the log are graduates of the 2012 KZN Yearling Sale include Grade 2 winners and performers Colour Of Courage (sold for R140,000 - Grade 2 winner bred by Backworth Stud), Virgo’s Babe (unsold - Grade 2 winner bred by Midlands Thoroughbreds), Ace Antonius (sold for R40,000 - Grade 2 placed) and Princess Julietta (R100,000 purchase - Grade 2 placed, bred by Linington & Sons).

This KZN Breeders Juvenile Million is open to two-year-olds who graduated off the 2012 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale - for any horse regardless of where the horse was bred, who passed through the sales ring as long as the breeders agreed to certain terms and conditions.

Below are the log leaders as at 20 May 2013… to see a list of the qualifying horses please click here.

Entries for the KZN Breeders Juvenile Million race open 21st June.

Log as at 20 May 2013

# Horse
1 Colour of Courage
2 Virgo’s Babe
3 Ace Antonius
4 Princess Julietta
5 Happy Valentine
6 Jimmy Choo
7 Sunday Sun
8 Agatha Panther
9 Warbash
10 Belvedere Palace
11 Angie
12 King’s Rose
13 Dream Leader
14 Olympic Goal
15 Striking Alice
16 Tribute to Kylie
  Next Ten
17 Aurum Pot
18 Gem’s a Plenty
19 Atso’s Hill
20 Pippi
21 Final Episode
22 On The Nod
23 You Beauty
24 Caribbean Bay
25 Brass Verdict
26 Tiger Territory

Extract from KZN Breeders

The Mecca of African Racing

Grayville RacecourseGreyville Racecourse - home to the R3.5million Vodacom Durban July
(Image : Gameplan)

Durban, South Africa

Champions Season 2013 - the most comprehensive thoroughbred racing festival on the African Continent and one of the biggest and best in the world, is set to be the most exciting in years culminating in the ultimate prize, ‘Africa’s Greatest Horserace’, the internationally acclaimed Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July.

The stakes pot for the Champions Season feature races in KwaZulu-Natal has been given a R6million cash injection which represents a 28% increase on current levels.

Announcing the increases, Gold Circle’s Racing and Marketing Executive, Graeme Hawkins, said: “This is another step towards ensuring KwaZulu-Natal remains the racing capital of the country and is consistent with Gold Circle’s vision of a new era of growth for owners, trainers and the sport of horseracing in this province. These increases will hopefully ensure that all the country’s top horses will be seen in action during Champions Season and we are looking forward to one of our best winter seasons ever.”

This news follows hot on the heels of Gold Circle’s announcement last week of an across the board stakes increase of between 10% and 11% for all minor races in the province and the news that this year’s Vodacom Durban July will be run for a stake of R3,5 million, making it the richest horserace on the continent.

The biggest Champions Season increases are the R500,000 added to the Vodacom Durban July stake, while the Daily News 2000 also gets a R500,000 cash injection and this year will be run for a stake of R1,5 million.

The stake for the Woolavington 2000, run on the same afternoon as the Daily News 2000, has been increased to R750,000. The stake for the Gold Cup, the country’s most important race for stayers and final feature of the season, also goes up by R250,000 and will carry a stake of R1,25 million. Other significant increases for the Grade 1 races include the Golden Horse Sprint and Mercury Sprint, now both worth R750,000, the SA Fillies Sprint, up R100,000 to R600,000 and the Garden Province Stakes, up R250,000 to R750,000.

Added to Champions Season this year is the KwaZulu-Natal Breeders’ Race Day scheduled for the Saturday before the Vodacom Durban July when the KZN Breeders’ Million Mile worth R1million will hold center stage. The Million Mile will be backed up by seven other races all with a stake of R200,000.



kzn breeders race day rss

Greyville, Durban, South Africa
1 July 2012

The KZN Breeder’s Race Day was a great success - first time running for R1million in the KZN Breeders Million Mile, first time at Greyville Racecourse in the week building up to the Vodacom Durban July, and first time hosted in The Classic Room.

The Classic Room was decorated to embrace the Durban July theme of ‘Material World’ and ‘Sustainability’. There was a party atmosphere amongst the 260 guests who, despite the exciting racing, enjoyed the excellent catering supplied by Harris and Homes, had fun in the Photo Booth, participated in the silent auction for the enticing selection of donated goods, and partook in a session with the Tarot Card reader!

It was a positive endorsement to the enthusiasm and effort that the KZN Breeder’s are making in order to raise the profile of racing and breeding in our wonderful province, and with the further, additional R1million race next July day, things are looking good!!

For more information, please visit www.kznbreeders.co.za.


KZN BreedersInnovative new incentives for racehorse owners to support horses bred in KwaZulu-Natal.

KZN BREEDERS 1600 (Listed)
Greyville, Turf, 1600m
1 July 2012

The KZN Breeders Club has announced innovative new incentives for racehorse owners to support horses bred in KwaZulu-Natal.

The KZN Breeders 1600, a historic race run the week before the Vodacom Durban July, will carry a stake of R1million in 2012, up four-fold from 2011. The race will be open to all KZN-bred three and four-year-olds and will be staged at Greyville Racecourse on Sunday 1 July.

A new R1million race for juveniles will be introduced in 2013, run on Vodacom Durban July Day at Greyville over 1300m and will be restricted to graduates of 2012’s Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale to be held in the period between the running of the this year’s KZN Breeders 1600 and Vodacom Durban July.

As a further incentive, the KZN Breeders Club has introduced a bonus of R1million for any horse which, from next year, is able to win the R1million Juvenile race in 2013 as well as the KZN Breeders 1600 in 2014 and 2015.

This means a KZN-bred yearling, bought off the Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale, would be eligible for three races worth R1million (as a two, three and four-year-old) and should he win all of them, an additional bonus of R1million would be awarded.

In summary, the only way to qualify for all three Million Rand races and the Million Rand bonus is to buy a KZN-bred on the Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale.

In this way, owners are given three opportunities to win R1 million (plus the bonus); an incentive which aims to enhance the KwaZulu-Natal breeding industry - a sales concept which has proven itself nationally.

Roughly 250 yearlings will be offered on the Suncoast KZN Yearling auction; a select band of outstanding pedigreed young colts and fillies with a strong focus on exceptional looking Thoroughbreds. Stringent selection criteria will ensure that only the best physical specimens are available, thus protecting the integrity of the sale.

Online bidding will also be offered for those unable to make the sale, while video streaming will also be introduced for the first time to afford international clients an opportunity of seeing exactly what is available.

The KZN Breeders and the TBA will put together a number of exciting events around the KZN Yearling Sales; further developments will be announced in due course.

Visit www.kznbreeders.co.za or email candiese@kznbreeders.co.za for more information.


Raise The Bar - Vodacom Durban July Race DayRaise The Bar - Bold Silvano (2010) FM 90 Handicap (F&M)
(Photo : Gold Circle / Backworth Stud)

Bold Silvano (2010) FM 90 Handicap F&M

The 12th on Vodacom Durban July Race Day, saw Backworth-bred Raise The Bar (Goldkeeper (USA) - Moving On Up by Jallad) nosing a win from the Highlands-bred Stellar Season (Count Dubois (GB)) and the D Cohen & Sons-bred Queen Tamara (Dynasty (SAF)).

This win takes the three-year-old’s career earnings to R234,125, and her race record of 4 wins and 3 places from 12 starts.

Congratulations to trainer Paul Matchett, jockey Randall Simons and to owner Mr John Koumides on Raise The Bar’s victory.

Greyville, Turf, 1100m
2 July 2011
# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 RAISE THE BAR 56.5 84 5 R Simons Paul Matchett
2 0.05 STELLAR SEASON 55.5 82 8 M Byleveld Duncan Howells
3 0.80 QUEEN TAMARA 52.5 75 2 G Schlechter Dennis Drier
4 2.30 WEST END 57.0 84 6 G Lerena Jeff Freedman
5 2.55 CANDY TUFT 60.5 91 4 S Randolph Dennis Drier
6 3.05 IN LIKE FLYNN 62.5 96 3 G Hatt Joey Ramsden
7 4.30 LADY BEATRIX 55.0 81 10 K Teetan Brett Webber
8 4.80 IBROX PARK 55.5 82 9 R Fourie Dominic Zaki
9 4.90 AUTUMN LEAVES 55.0 81 7 N Roebuck Lowan Denysschen
10 7.90 ENGLISH ASPEN 56.0 83 1 A Domeyer Dennis Bosch

Late Scratchings

11 0.00 POPPINS 59.0 89 9 R Danielson Gavin van Zyl
12 0.00 JENNA THE PINK 56.5 83 6 C Maujean Glen Puller
13 0.00 TARRAGON 55.5 81 4 D Daniels Michael Roberts