Warwick Render

Chocolicious Fastnet Rock Filly On Magic Millions Weanling Sale

Chocolicious Fastnet Rock Filly On Magic Millions Weanling Sale

The Backworth-bred Grade 1 winning daughter of Kahal, Chocolicious, features in Australia once more as her second filly, a weanling by Australian sire sensation Fastnet Rock, goes under the hammer Monday in Book 1 of the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Weanling Sale. She is catalogued as Lot 231 and is consigned by Holbrook Thoroughbreds as agent.

Flutters for Irish Flame Filly Foal

Flutters for Irish Flame Filly Foal

Backworth is excited to announce the arrival of this beautiful Irish Flame filly, out of our Kahal mare Fancy Flutter, born at Winterbach Stud in the Western Cape.

First Again Comes Full Circle

First Again Horse and Keith RussonKeith Russon with First Again
(Photo : Ian Todd)

Muhtafal (USA) - Going Places (ZIM)

Keith Russon celebrates a significant moment, pictured here with First Again, our first Backworth-bred Graded winner, behind which there is a much ‘bigger picture’.

The granddaughter of Keith’s foundation mare ‘Top Drawer’ (Princillon / Windsor Chimes) from his Cloud’s End Stud in Zimbabwe back in the ’80s, Keith has continually, and sentimentally, believed in the family. From here he bred ‘Going Places’ (Esplendor / Top Drawer), who he later bought back, to bring to Backworth Stud when we started breeding in South Africa, in partnership with John and Janette Bescoby. In her short breeding career, Going Places bred well for us, most notably ‘First Again’ who we raced together with stalwart Backworth supporters Stephan and Anne Colle - enjoying 8 wins, topped with the Grade 2 Ipi Tombe Challenge victory, and numerous places, and the highest Merit Rated Filly of her generation.

When we dissolved our breeding partnership with John and Janette Bescoby in 2006, they bought us out of First Again, to send her to stud for themselves. She struggled in breeding, with only 2 Daylami foals, and had developed a strong dislike for being covered! John and Janette very kindly offered her back to Backworth earlier this year, and in consultation with our Stud Vet, Carla Langley, planned a special programme intergrating her back in to the ‘breeding concept’ letting her run with breeding warmbloods, and with a constant exposure to Stallions.

It was with much anticipation, that First Again visited new KwaZulu-Natal sire ‘Irish Flame’ recently. With a supporting team of Carla, Keith and Farm Manager Dillyn Brijlall to witness the moment, and together with the participation of the Stallion Manager, Warwick Render of Bush Hill Stud, all were there to witness what turned out to be a participative mating. 30 days later, she is ‘Tested in Foal’, and we hope for the delivery of ‘something special’!

Thanks to everybody involved - it is in recording these stories that a romance is brought back in to the science of breeding!

Render and Maharaj Families enjoy 'Fine Midlands Hospitality'

Render and Maharaj FamiliesDillyn Brijlall, Karen Render, Johan Alberts, Ash Maharaj, Keith Russon, Warwick Render, Jason Render, Rajesh Maharaj and Radhika Maharaj
(Image : Ian Todd)

Backworth welcomed Warwick, Karen and Jason Render of Bush Hill Stud and Ash Maharaj from SA Horseracing.com with daughter Radhika and father Rajesh, to the farm this past weekend for some fine Midlands hospitality.


KZN Breeders' Awards2011 KZN Breeders’ Awards

25 November 2011

The KZN Breeders Association hosted their annual Awards evening at Bellwood Cottages, Nottingham Road, on Friday 25 November.

Recently-elected Chairman, Koos de Klerk, addressed guests :

“This is a hard act to follow after the work by Warwick Render. I’d like to wish him every success and we’re sad he’s no longer on the board. I’m proud to be here, proud to be associated with this calibre of breeder here at the awards. So much work has gone into putting this event together so well done to the ladies involved, Ashley de Klerk and Linda Norval, for their outstanding work and the organisation that it took to put this event together.

Welcome to the Directors of Gold Circle and thank you for your support of the KZN Breeders and welcome to my fellow breeders.

We are here to honour the achievements of the breeders of thoroughbreds in KZN. How well did we do? If you look at the National Awards, we claimed seven of the 15 Breeder Awards. To those who don’t believe KZN breeds quality horses that can’t compete, don’t forget about the likes of National Champion Breeders, Summerhill Stud, Equus Breeder of the Year, St John Gray, champion Dancewiththedevil, Champion Stallion, the KZN-bred Jet Master, and International achiever Gypsy’s Warning. I think we can slap ourselves on the back. Quite firmly!

There are many initiatives currently taking place to try and get our export market going. There are export opportunities - South Africa’s market share is less than a quarter of a per cent of the international sales of horses and we’re looking to up this by more than 400%. If these initiatives are fruitful, we will be looking forward to a very bright future.

We would like to make the KZN province the breeders’ centre of choice.”

Bellwood Cottages, 25 November 2011

Horse Sire Dam Breeder
Outstanding Two-Year-Old Filly
Extra Zero Way West Haifaa Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Two-Year-Old Colt
Midnight Serenade Malhub Sapphire Serenade Clifton Stud
Outstanding Sprinter Female 1000m - 1200m
Onehundredacrewood Malhub Roman Dream Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Sprinter Male 1000m - 1200m
Arabian Mist Muhtafal Valley Mist Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Middle Distance Female 1400m - 1800m
Dancewiththedevil Modus Vivendi Emperor’s Dance Graystone Stud
Outstanding Middle Distance Male 1400m - 1800m
The Apache Mogok Apache Rose Scott Bros
Outstanding Stayer Female 1900m - 3200m
Fisani Kahal Gypsey Spirit Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Stayer Male 1900m - 3200m
The Apache Mogok Apache Rose Scott Bros
Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly
Las Ramblas Toreador Silent Kiss GEJ van der Merwe
Outstanding Three-Year-Old Colt
The Apache Mogok Apache Rose Scott Bros
Outstanding Older Female
Dancewiththedevil Modus Vivendi Emperor’s Dance Graystone Stud
Outstanding Older Male
Pierre Jourdan Parade Leader Vin Fizz Summerhill Stud
Broodmare of the Year
Gypsy Queen     Rathmor Stud
Stallion of the Year
Mogok (USA)     Highdown Stud
Stallion Prospect
Miesque’s Approval (USA)     Highdown Stud
Leading Breeder of the Year
Summerhill Stud      
Breeding Achievement
St John Gray      
Anita Akal Industry Award
Ian Outram      
International Achievement
Gypsy’s Warning      
Horse of the Year
Dancewiththedevil     Graystone Stud