Wendy Whitehead

A Chilly Western Winter

A Chilly Western Winter

We may be nearing the peak of our Summer season here in KwaZulu-Natal, but Friday night's racing at Greyville sent chills down a few spines as we once again witnessed the class of a South African stallion great of times past, Western Winter.

Bella Miesque Blooms Purple

Bella Miesque Blooms Purple

On her second run back from a break, Bella Miesque, jumped well from the 12 gate to settle in second under jockey Alec Forbes heading into a hazy Greville 1400m.

Scintillating Scottsville Sunday

Scintillating Scottsville Sunday

Whilst we desperately await the start of the rainy season here in KwaZulu-Natal, there was no dampening the spirits of our Backworth-breds Sunday, as they blitzed the Scottsville turf in scintillating fashion.

5 Winners in 4 Weeks!

5 Winners in 4 Weeks!

The form of Backworth-breds continues to flourish as we move into February with five winners in the past four weeks from not many runners!

Island Fiesta... It's A Rush

island fiesta wendy whiteheadIsland Fiesta / Gold Circle (p)

ISLAND FIESTA
Miesque’s Approval (USA) - Bermuda Junction (AUS) by Is It True (USA)

Backworth-bred Island Fiesta tore up the Greyville pollytrack under jockey MJ Odendaal Tuesday, leaving in his wake a bevvy of quality performers including the likes of the Hussonet gelding, Rio Carnival, victor of the Grade 3 King’s Cup and the Listed Thukela Handicap, and runner up in the recent Grade 2 Drill Hall Stakes.

Congratulations to trainer Wendy Whitehead and owners Messrs LR Whiteford, GS Calway, GPW Davis, T de Charmoy, JI Shaw, Sanjeev Ramsewak and Sanjeeth Ramsewak.

Island Fiesta is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2010 KZN Yearling Sale and this win takes his career record to 6 wins and 12 places from 23 starts.

RACINGITSARUSH.CO.ZA PINNACLE STAKES
Greyville, Polytrack, 1200m
19 August 2014

# LBH Horse Kg Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.0 ISLAND FIESTA 55.0 5 M Odendaal Wendy Whitehead
2 1.0 TIPO TINTO 57.0 2 *N Gumede (4.0) Gavin van Zyl
3 2.0 ACAPULCO 55.0 3 K de Melo Dennis Drier
4 2.8 CAPTAIN ON THE RUN 57.0 7 S Cormack Dennis Drier
5 4.8 RIO CARNIVAL 63.0 4 A Marcus Charles Laird
6 8.5 COFFEE SHEIK 59.0 6 B Jacobson Wendy Whitehead
7 17.2 ALDRIC 53.0 1 M Yeni James Goodman
8 18.5 FLYFIRSTCLASS 57.0 8 A Delpech Craig Eudey

Island Fiesta in KZN Winter Challenge 1200 Nailbiter

Crescendo, Flyfirstclass and Island Fiesta - KZN Winter Challenge 1200Crescendo, Flyfirstclass and Island Fiesta - KZN Winter Challenge 1200 / Gold Circle (p)

Backworth-bred Island Fiesta did little wrong Saturday under jockey MJ Odendaal in the KZN Winter Challenge 1200 at Clairwood, being denied only in a final lunge to the line by the impressive Maine Chance-bred Crescendo, a son of Act One out of the Danehill mare Carambola, and the strapping Summerhill-bred Kahal gelding, Flyfirstclass.

The ultra-consistant Wendy Whitehead-trained son of Miesque’s Approval out of the Australian mare, Bermuda Junction, is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2010 KZN Yearling Sale and takes his career record to 4 wins and 11 places from 20 starts.

KZN WINTER CHALLENGE 1200 (Non Black Type)
Brought to you by Rotary Club Of Scottburgh
Clairwood, Turf, 1200m
7 June 2014

# LBH Horse Kg Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 CRESCENDO 59.5 3 S Cormack Dennis Drier
2 0.05 FLYFIRSTCLASS 58.0 14 A Marcus Craig Eudey
3 0.10 ISLAND FIESTA 58.0 4 M Odendaal Wendy Whitehead
4 2.35 HUNTING HORN 60.0 9 K Shea Duncan Howells
5 2.45 LIBERTINE 52.5 7 *C Murray Colin Scott
6 2.70 ETERNAL JET 54.5 13 K de Melo Dennis Drier
7 2.95 RAINER 52.0 11 G Hatt Michael Roberts
8 3.95 UMBANI 52.0 15 A Mgudlwa Garth Puller
9 4.20 ALDRIC 52.0 5 S Khumalo James Goodman
10 5.20 ROMANTIC BALLADEER 52.0 2 W Kennedy Adam W Kethro
11 5.45 LEGEND DANCER 52.0 6 G van Niekerk Michael Roberts
12 6.70 ROYAL ROY 52.0 8 M Yeni Kumaran Naidoo
13 8.45 PIANO MAN 63.5 1 G Lerena James Goodman
14 8.60 WARWICKADALE 52.0 10 J Samuel Corinne Bestel
15 11.10 TRIX OF THE TRADE 52.5 12 M Byleveld Glen Kotzen

Island Fiesta Challenging for KZN Breeders Series Top Spot

island fiesta - kzn breeders seriesIsland Fiesta (SAF)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

KZN BREEDERS RACE DAY
29 June 2014

The much anticipated KZN Breeders Race Day is set to be staged on 29 June 2014 at Clairwood racecourse. The fourth log for ‘three-year-olds and up’ has been published and sees the ultra consistent Backworth-bred Island Fiesta (Miesque’s Approval - Bermuda Junction) fighting out the top spot with the formidable Summerhill Stud-bred Negev (Stronghold - Haifaa).

Bred by Keith Russon and Ian Todd of Backworth Stud, Island Fiesta is trained by Wendy Whitehead and owned by a syndicate including Messrs LR Whiteford, GS Calway, GPW Davis, T de Charmoy, JI Shaw, Sanjeev Ramsewak, Sanjeeth Ramsewak and Miss W Whitehead.

Aptly named Island Fiesta, out of Backworth’s Austalian mare Burmuda Junction, by Is It True (USA), has only been out of the money on three occasions from 17 starts - winning four of them, scoring five seconds and placing five times. Burmuda Junction has produced seven winners from eight runners, including recent Backworth-bred winner by Atso, Bermuda Breeze.

KZN BREEDERS SERIES (Top 20)
For 3-Year-Olds and Up
As at 1 April 2014

# Horse Age Sex Trainer Breeder Points
1 NEGEV 4 F Louis Goosen Summerhill Stud 35
2 ISLAND FIESTA 5 G Wendy Whitehead Backworth Stud 30
3 CINEMA SCOPE 5 G Gavin van Zyl Scott Bros 29
4 THE MONEY SHOT 4 G Sean Tarry Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux 26
5 THE MUTINEER 4 G Scott Kenny Summerhill Stud 24
6 CAYENNE 3 F Chris Erasmus Yellow Star Stud 23
7 AUCTION KING 3 G Paul Lafferty Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux 22
8 EUPHORIA 4 F Johan Janse van Vuuren GAR Sturlese & P de Marigny 22
9 UMOYANA 4 F Tony Rivalland Summerhill Stud 22
10 ENCHANTED SILK 3 F Sean Tarry Gold Star Stud 21
11 FLYFIRSTCLASS 4 G Craig Eudey Summerhill Stud 21
12 MISS K 5 M Louis Goosen Summerhill Stud 21
13 HANA 3 F Gavin van Zyl Summerhill Stud 20
14 SUCH FUN 5 M Tony Rivalland Mr GH Rowles 20
15 KING JACE 4 G Garth Puller Mr & Mrs R J Clarkin T/A Clarkin Thoroughbred Services  19
16 RHEIMS 5 G Alec Laird Tertia Properties (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Mr S C Harley)  19
17 ADMIRAL’S EYE 3 F Charles Laird A Magid & Summerhill Stud 18
18 AFRICAN GLADIATOR 7 G Cliffie Miller Mr BD van Laun 18
19 HIGHLAND FLING 5 G Mike Pappas Mr ML Pappas 18
20 PIANO MAN 4 G James Goodman Mr & Mrs AW Procter 18

www.kznbreeders.co.za

Island Fiesta leads KZN Breeders Series Log - 19 February 2014

island fiesta - kzn breeders seriesIsland Fiesta (SAF)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

KZN BREEDERS RACE DAY
29 June 2014

The much anticipated KZN Breeders Race Day is set to be staged on 29 June 2014 at Clairwood racecourse. The second log for ‘three-year-olds and up’ sees sire Miesque’s Approval with the first two on the log. Backworth Stud-bred Island Fiesta (Miesque’s Approval - Bermuda Junction) leads with 24 points, ahead of Auction King (Miesque’s Approval - Eli’s Thread) and Flyfirstclass (Kahal - Radiant Lass).

Bred by Keith Russon and Ian Todd of Backworth Stud, Island Fiesta is trained by Wendy Whitehead and owned by a syndicate including Messrs LR Whiteford, GS Calway, GPW Davis, T de Charmoy, JI Shaw, Sanjeev Ramsewak, Sanjeeth Ramsewak and Miss W Whitehead.

Island Fiesta, aptly named out of Backworth’s Austalian mare Burmuda Junction, by Is It True (USA), has only been out of the money twice from 16 starts - winning four of them, and placing 10 times. Burmuda Junction has produced seven winners from eight runners, including recent Backworth-bred winner by Atso, Bermuda Breeze.

KZN BREEDERS SERIES (Top 20)
For 3-Year-Olds and Up
As at 19 February 2014

# Horse Age Sex Trainer Breeder Points
1 ISLAND FIESTA 5 G Wendy Whitehead Backworth Stud 24
2 AUCTION KING 3 G Paul Lafferty Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux 22
3 FLYFIRSTCLASS 4 G Craig Eudey Summerhill Stud 21
4 NEGEV 4 F Louis Goosen Summerhill Stud 20
5 EUPHORIA 4 F Johan Janse van Vuuren GAR Sturlese & P de Marigny 19
6 ADMIRAL’S EYE 3 F Charles Laird A Magid & Summerhill Stud 18
7 CINEMA SCOPE 5 G Gavin van Zyl Scott Bros 18
8 THE MONEY SHOT 4 G Sean Tarry Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux 18
9 THE MUTINEER 4 G Scott Kenny Summerhill Stud 18
10 TORA TORA 3 G Scott Kenny Summerhill Stud 18
11 UMOYANA 4 F Tony Rivalland Summerhill Stud 18
12 HANA 3 F Gavin van Zyl Summerhill Stud 17
13 DODGE CITY 5 G Pat Lunn Summerhill Stud 16
14 MISS K 5 M Louis Goosen Summerhill Stud 16
15 PARTY DOLL 4 F Chris Erasmus Orangewood Stud 16
16 FLIGHT WARNING 3 C Gary Alexander Summerhill Stud 15
17 RED LABEL 3 F Dennis Drier GAR Sturlese & P de Marigny 15
18 SUTHERFENI 5 M Kumaran Naidoo Mr L Nunan 15
19 CAYENNE 3 F Chris Erasmus Yellow Star Stud 14
20 COSTWOLD 6 M Chris Erasmus Yellow Star Stud 14

www.kznbreeders.co.za

Island Fiesta and Luxardo in a 'Nailbiter'

Island Fiesta wins at Scottsville Racecourse Island Fiesta - Wendy Whitehead and Owners

Island Fiesta (SAF)
(Photos : Gold Circle)

ISLAND FIESTA
Miesque’s Approval (USA) - Bermuda Junction (AUS) by Is It True (USA)

In her first run of 2014 yesterday, the Wendy Whitehead-trained Island Fiesta (Miesque’s Approval - Bermuda Junction) won a ‘nailbiter’ over Scottsville’s 1200m with jockey MJ Odendaal up. Fellow Backworth-bred Luxardo (Mogok - Absolut Star) was pipped into a photo third by the Summerhill Stud-bred Flyfirstclass (Kahal - Radiant Lass).

The 5-year-old Island Fiesta takes her career record to 4 wins and 7 places from 14 runs.

Congratulations to trainer Wendy Whitehead and fellow owners Messrs LR Whiteford, GS Calway, GPW Davis, T de Charmoy, JI Shaw, Sanjeev Ramsewak and Sanjeeth Ramsewak.

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

SOCCER 4 MR 90 DIVIDED HANDICAP
Scottsville, Turf, 1200m
12 January 2014

# LBH Horse Kg Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.0 ISLAND FIESTA 56.5 4 M Odendaal Wendy Whitehead
2 0.2 FLYFIRSTCLASS 55.5 1 JP v’d Merwe Craig Eudey
3 0.3 LUXARDO 52.5 8 * K de Melo Mark Dixon
4 1.0 BREEDERS CUP 54.0 5 * N Patel (4.0) Garth Puller
5 2.3 ALBERT 55.0 3 * D Dillon Michael Miller
6 2.5 LIZARD’S PASSION 52.5 2 S Veale Yogas Govender
7 6.3 TUSCAN 56.0 7 K Shea Duncan Howells
8 6.6 SHOES ‘N COMPANY 55.5 6 A Mgudlwa Yogas Govender

Lunch with 3A Racing Syndicate and Friends

3A Racing SyndicateEnjoying a beautiful March afternoon at Backworth

The weather this week in KwaZulu-Natal was just beautiful and Backworth is looking quite magnificent at this time of year - not to mention our National Yearling Sales draft which are looking really good too!

We welcomed 3A Racing Syndicate’s James Everett and Wesley Bowman, with their friends Jani Gous and Monique Sonè Maas, to enjoy a fine lunch at the farm on Thursday.

3A Racing is arguably South Africa’s most youthful and vibrant racing syndicate focussing not just on racing and betting but on the social aspect of this fantastic sport too. Wesley’s grandfather was a bookmaker and two of his uncles, Mark and Brett Bowman, are still in the bookmaking game today, but he and Andrew got involved in racing at the age of 13 when a friend’s father invited them to the race track. “We started going to racing on a regular basis, we were lighties - 15 years old - and then we put together a syndicate about four years ago; it just went from there,” says Wesley. “There were just four of us originally, but when people saw us going to the races, suddenly we started growing. We’re now a big bunch of guys and we’re having to turn people away.”

Also visiting were Mary Liley with brother and sister in law Peter and Jenny from the UK, Tony and Sharon Rivalland, Kevin and Alyson Wright, Wendy Whitehead and son Damon, as well as Wendy’s friend Trish Knott and daughter Megan.

We were treated to guest appearances from future Backworth stars; Aquinata (Silvano - Tsunami), Style Flash (Miesque’s Approval - Ramp Model) and Cold Fact (Western Winter - Auburn Annio) to metion a few, before their departure for the 2013 National Yearling Sales in April.

Click here to see a few more photos from a wonderful March day in KZN.

Island Fiesta 'Fires' at Clairwood

Island Fiesta wins with Anton Marcus Aboard Wendy Whitehead leads in Island Fiesta

Island Fiesta (SAF)
(Photos : Gold Circle)

ISLAND FIESTA (SAF)
Miesque’s Approval (USA) - Bermuda Junction (AUS) by Is It True (USA)

Wendy Whitehead-trained Island Fiesta (Miesque’s Approval - Bermuda Junction) won a great race over 1200m at Clairwood Sunday under a determined ride from champion jockey Anton Marcus.

The four time winner, Crissy Sanchez (Toreador - Antonia’s Lass), followed 2 lengths behind in second with Kimberley Classic winner, Count Dumani (Count Dubois - Rosefields), half a nose behind in third.

Congratulations to trainer Wendy Whitehead and owners Messrs LR Whiteford, GS Calway, GPW Davis, T de Charmoy, JI Shaw, Sanjeev Ramsewak and Sanjeeth Ramsewak.

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

SOCCER 4 MR 86 HANDICAP
Clairwood, Turf, 1200m
3 March 2013

Win Time : 69.77

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 ISLAND FIESTA 55.0 76 9 A Marcus Wendy Whitehead
2 2.00 CRISSY SANCHEZ 59.0 84 10 A Delpech Sean Tarry
3 2.05 COUNT DUMANI 54.0 74 8 C Zackey Duncan Howells
4 2.10 MR HARRY 55.5 77 6 W Kennedy Kumaran Naidoo
5 3.85 BWANA MACUBE 60.0 86 5 W van Staden Duncan Howells
6 4.60 MR TOP (ARG) 54.5 75 2 S Veale Sean Tarry
7 5.10 DEVON GOLD 56.5 79 3 C Storey Adam Kethro
8 5.35 COOL SPENDER 57.0 80 7 G Lerena Sean Tarry
9 9.35 KAMBROOK 57.0 80 4 C Orffer Mike Bass
10 9.85 STOLEN DESTINY 57.0 80 1 M Odendaal Colin Scott

Island Fiesta Keeps On Winning for Wendy Whitehead

Island Fiesta Horse Island Fiesta Horse and Connections

Island Fiesta (SAF)
(Photos : Gold Circle)

ISLAND FIESTA (SAF)
Miesque’s Approval (USA) - Bermuda Junction (AUS)

Island Fiesta (Miesque’s Approval - Bermuda Junction) won from a competitive field for trainer Wendy Whitehead over 1200m at Scottsville Sunday, under a hands and heel ride from jockey Sean Cormack.

The bay gelding has won twice now and placed once from his three starts.

Congratulations to Wendy Whitehead and owners Messrs LR Whiteford, GS Calway, GPW Davis, T de Charmoy, JI Shaw, Sanjeev Ramsewak and Sanjeeth Ramsewak.

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

BNR AGENCIES MR74 HANDICAP
Scottsville, Turf, 1200m
11 November 2012

Win Time : 71.20

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 ISLAND FIESTA 59.5 73 11 S Cormack Wendy Whitehead
2 0.05 ON THE MUSCLE 55.0 64 1 M Odendaal Dean Kannemeyer
3 1.30 SHARK ATTACK 55.5 65 9 * G Goomany (4.0) Bart Rice
4 1.45 MIDNIGHT RUN 61.0 86 13 * D Dillon (2.5) Garth Puller
5 2.20 REAR ADMIRAL 57.0 78 4 A Delpech Dennis Drier
6 2.70 FIRE CURTAIN 55.5 65 10 B Lerena Gavin van Zyl
7 4.20 CATALECTRIC (AUS) 58.5 71 2 K Latham Tony Rivalland
8 6.95 FRIAR TUCK 61.0 76 5 S Randolph Mark Dixon
9 7.45 KEY WORD 54.0 62 7 A Mgudlwa Sean Tarry
10 8.20 NOMAKHANJANI 54.0 62 16 * J King (4.0) Adam W Kethro
11 8.70 LIBERTINE 58.0 70 12 A Forbes Colin Scott
12 8.95 SHEPERD’S WINTER 55.5 65 6 * C Thabana (4.0) Yogas Govender
13 9.00 TYLER’S TALENT 53.0 60 3 * M Ntuli (4.0) Michael Roberts
14 9.15 SPECIAL HENNY (ARG) 55.5 65 8 * C Zackey (4.0) Pat Lunn
15 9.25 GILES 54.0 62 15 * J Mariba (2.5) Craig Eudey
16
20.25 SHIELD OF THUNDER 58.5 71 14 W Kennedy Des Egdes

  Late Scratchings          
17 0.00 PRINCE OF WINGS 61.0 76 17 * B Claassen (4.0) Mike Bass

PARTY TIME FOR ISLAND FIESTA!

Island Fiesta and Sean Cormack Island Fiesta and Wendy Whitehead

Island Fiesta (SAF)
(Photos : Gold Circle)

ISLAND FIESTA (SAF)
Miesque’s Approval (USA) - Bermuda Junction (AUS)

Island Fiesta (Miesque’s Approval - Bermuda Junction) broke his maiden Wednesday with jockey Sean Cormack up for trainer Wendy Whitehead and a group of very excited connections.

Island Fiesta is from the family of Scornvale (Aus) - 4 wins including the Karrakatta Plate Gr2, Queens Plate Gr3 and Gimcrack Stakes (L), Scorndale (Aus) - 17 wins including the Thomas Elder Stakes Handicap Gr3, 2nd in the Quit and Win Cup Gr3 and Christmas Handicap Gr3 and 3rd in the AJ Schaill Stakes Gr3 and Scorn Bold (Aus) - 23 wins including the RN Irwin Stakes Gr3 (twice) and Malaysian Airlines Stakes (L) as well as 3rd in the Goodwood Handicap Gr1 and Christmas Handicap Gr3.

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

STORM SAGAZ (2011) MAIDEN PLATE
Clairwood, Turf, 1200m
3 October 2012

Win Time : 71.68

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 ISLAND FIESTA 60.0 0 5 S Cormack Wendy Whitehead
2 3.00 MOUNTAIN THUNDER 60.0 66 3 * J Mariba (4.0) Paul Lafferty
3 3.25 DANGEROUS LIASON 59.0 0 2 S Randolph Alec Laird
4 6.00 CATTLE KING 60.0 0 4 B Jacobson Gavin van Zyl
5 6.75 TRIPLE PLAY 59.0 0 7 M Yeni Adam W Kethro
6 7.25 KING JACE 59.0 0 10 A Mgudlwa Garth Puller
7 7.35 BEYOND THE BURG 59.0 0 17 C Orffer Robbie Hill
8 8.35 LIEUTENANT DAN 60.0 60 18 K Shea Duncan Howells
9 8.60 HIGH ARROW 59.0 0 9 M Odendaal Deon Visser
10 8.85 NINJA WARRIOR 59.0 0 13 R Danielson Craig Eudey
11 9.60 AZAD 60.0 56 8 * L Mohapi (4.0) Des Egdes
12 10.10 FRANK ‘N HENRY 60.0 56 11 B Lerena Gavin van Zyl
13 11.85 RANDOM AL 59.0 0 12 A Marcus Charles Laird
14 13.85 HEIN REX 59.0 0 15 * D Dillon (2.5) Chris Erasmus
15 15.10 CATARACK 60.0 50 1 L Africa Des Egdes
16 15.35 BRAMLEY 59.0 0 16 I Sturgeon Doug Campbell
17 22.60 ATSO EASY 59.0 0 6 K Latham Tony Rivalland
18 23.35 MILITARY RED 59.0 0 14 J Samuel Dennis Drier
 
Late Scratchings




19 0.00 POLAR PRINCE 60.0 0 10 * B Claasen (4.0) Sean Tarry
20 0.00 EMINENCE DAY (ARG) 59.0 0 4 * C Zackey (4.0) Mike de Kock

THE THRILL OF VICTORY AND GREAT SPORTING ODDS

Derek Sajoe, Charles McAnenay, Viven Goungen, Duncan McKenzie, Wendy Whitehead, Sheldon Peters, Keith Russon

L to R: Derek Sajoe, Charles McAnenay, Viven Goungen, Duncan McKenzie, Wendy Whitehead, Sheldon Peters, Keith Russon

DEVONESQUE (SAF)
Miesque’s Approval (USA) - Devon Lady (SAF)

Still enjoying the thrill of victory and great sporting odds,
the connections of Devonesque enjoy a celebratory lunch up at Backworth Stud!

Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale
27 - 29 April 2012

“WE ARE WORTH BACKING.”

www.backworth.co.za

DEVONESQUE CRACKS MAIDEN FOR EAGLE EYE PETERS

Devoneque by Miesque's ApprovalDevonesque (SAF) wins at Scottsville
(Photo : Gold Circle)

DEVONESQUE (SAF)
Miesque’s Approval (USA) - Devon Lady (SAF) by Saumarez (GB)

Backworth-bred Devonesque (Miesque’s Approval - Devon Lady) cracked his maiden at Scottsville on Sunday amongst some talented company under jockey Nicky Roebuck for trainer Wendy Whitehead and a group of owners including commentator duo Craig and Sheldon Peters. Here is an extract from the Sporting Post :

“Craig Peters was calling the race and had what he, and the rest of us, had thought was his 700m of glory calling home Devonesque. Peters then switched to the inside group of horses late in the race - and then incredulously exclaimed a few seconds later that Devonesque was still going great guns!

A commentator who launched his career some 35 years ago in the City of Bloemfontein, Craig Peters is one of South Africa’s foremost and experienced race-callers and the man known as ‘Eagle Eye’ seldom stumbles over his words. But Peters had to put down his binoculars at the 200m marker of the second race, rub his eyes and check the television set in his elevated office, before almost allowing his emotions to take control.

But the professionalism and experience shone through as he called the winner home in his characteristic polished style - and in what must be a huge thrill as he apologized for the obvious excitement in his voice. The next big record breaking run came from Peters himself - when he galloped the route from the commentary box to make an appearance at the post-race interview. For those that have not visited the Scottsville eagle’s lair, we can confirm that it includes obstacles and hurdles of precarious flights of stairs and narrow strips of board.

Keeping it in the family, Devoneque’s dam, Devon Lady, raced for Wendy Whitehead, and her partner and assistant, Duncan McKenzie also has a share. Racing is meant to be fun!”

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

INTERNATIONAL SOCCER 10 MAIDEN PLATE
Scottsville, Turf, 1000m
12 February 2012

Win Time : 59.87

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 DEVONESQUE 60.0 64 14 N Roebuck Wendy Whitehead
2 2.50 SPECIAL HENNY (ARG) 60.0 65 7 * L Mohapi (4.0) Pat Lunn
3 2.75 KENTRIDGE (ARG) 60.0 66 12 M Yeni Adam W Kethro
4 2.80 SOUL MATE 60.0 0 15 S Randolph Dennis Drier
5 2.85 MAJESTIC EMBLEM 60.0 76 9 B Lerena Michael Roberts
6 4.10 MAAK ‘N PLAN (AUS) 60.0 0 8 A Marcus Herman Brown / Frank Robinson
7 4.60 BUTLER YEATS 60.0 0 3 A Forbes Dennis Drier
8 5.60 LAURENCE OF LENASIA 60.0 67 13 W Marwing James Goodman
9 7.35 ARCANUM 60.0 55 6 B Jacobson Glen Kotzen
10 10.60 LAID BACK 57.5 0 1 C Orffer Alyson Wright
11 10.85 FRIEND OF FREEDOM 60.0 0 2 L Africa Des Egdes
12 11.60 SPECTACULADOR 60.0 0 5 S Cormack Dennis Drier
13 13.85 DAMASK WAY 60.0 0 11 K Zechner Tony Rivalland
14 14.10 ST OMER 60.0 0 4 * K de Melo (1.5) Des Egdes
15 14.35 KING OF CASHEL 60.0 0 10 C Taylor Glen Puller


Late Scratchings




16 0.00 SHARK ATTACK 60.0 0 16 A Delpech Bart Rice
17 0.00 WILLIAM’S DREAM 60.0 0 1 n/a Duncan Howells