Western Winter

Classy Performances from Scandal, Attenborough & Sanctuary

Classy Performances from Scandal, Attenborough & Sanctuary

Backworth had yet another good racing week with Scandal, Attenborough and Sanctuary flying our flag high.

Great Racing Week For Backworth!

Great Racing Week For Backworth!

Backworth-bred Humidor made it 4 wins from just 6 starts when powering home in the Middle Stakes over 1200m at Scottsville Wednesday for trainer Tony Rivalland with maestro Anton Marcus up.

Frankel - Chocolicious Filly fetches $610000 at Inglis Easter Yearling Sale

Frankel - Chocolicious Filly fetches $610000 at Inglis Easter Yearling Sale

Gr1 Allan Robertson winner Chocolicious, a Backworth Stud-bred daughter of Kahal has seen her first yearling by Frankel sold to Shadwell Stud for $610 000, off the Inglis Australia Easter Yearling Sale. She is the first yearling by Frankel to be sold in the Southern Hemisphere.

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.

The Team behind our National Yearling Sales Draft!

backworth stud team behind national yearling sale draft(l to r) Owners Keith Russon and Ian Todd, Farm Manager Dillyn Brijlal, Stud Vet Dr Carla Langley and Scotties Rupert and Xavier Todd Russon

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa
27 - 28 April 2014

The showpiece of South African yearling sales, the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, is rapidly approaching… now just a few days away!

The Nationals take place at the TBA Sales Complex in Gosforth Park, Germiston and Backworth Stud consigns a select draft including a classy, quality Silvano colt, a well grown, scopey daughter of sensational second season sire Judpot, a superb colt by champion Western Winter with a near perfect confirmation, and a magnificent, extremely athletic filly with an illustrious pedigree by Muhtafal.

Lot 5 ALLOY (Silvano (GER) - Refined Gold)
Lot 186 JOLLERIE (Judpot (USA) - Angel Bells)
Lot 192 ICE RUN (Western Winter (USA) - Blue Lace Agate)
Lot 406 SCANDAL (Muhtafal (USA) - Lewinsky’s Lover)

We look forward to seeing you at the sales!

Keith and Ian

Royal Dance for Western Winter

Western Winter (USA) - Dancing Royale (AUS)

The South African breeding industry was hit with the sad news Saturday of the loss of Lammerskraal Stud’s Champion Sire, Western Winter.

The son of Gone West has been a stalwart of South African breeding for well over a decade producing tough and durable racehorses winning at the highest level from 1000m to 3200m. Western Winter was crowned champion first-season sire of 2000/01, remaining in the upper reaches of South Africa’s sires’ tables to date. His other achievements included overall champion sire in 2002/03, 2004/05 and 2005/06 and finishing second in the sires’ table three times. He was twice sire of Horses Of The Year with Winter Solstice and What A Winter.

Western Winter’s other progeny include Yard Arm, Set Afire, Ice Cube, Roxanne, Bad Girl Runs, Swartland, Argonaut, Fair Maiden, Fearless, Nania, Warm White Night, On Her Toes, Lady Windermere, Surveyor, Silver Mist, Oracle West and Capetown Noir.

As if by command from the heavens, our beautiful Australian mare, Dancing Royale (Danehill Dancer - Asian Incline), gave birth to a really beautiful Western Winter colt early Saturday morning. The photos above show Dancing Royale and her colt foal at just 10 minutes old!

Backworth Draft for 2013 National Yearling Sale

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa
26 - 28 April 2013

Lot 26
Muhtafal /
Miss Unimac
Half brother to PRIVATE COLLECTION 5 wins, MACFIRE 5 wins, MACMUFTI 6 wins and VARLET 5 wins. Family of LOTKAS STAR (AUS) joint 3rd Top Rated 3-Year-Old Female Miler in Australia, 5 wins including Storm Queen Stakes Gr2, CABOTEUR: 13 wins, and WIND JAMMER: 9 wins, including Administrative Trophy Gr3. Dam MISS UNIMAC half sister to MARIONIQUE (AUS), Dam of LADY MARION: 8 wins, including Marsh Classic Stakes Gr2, Tristarc Stakes Gr2, WH Stocks Stakes Gr3, dam of LARGO LAD (AUS) 6 wins.
Lot 108
Miesque’s Approval /
Ramp Model
Family of STUDIO STAR 6 wins, own sister to CLASSIQUE STORY 4 wins, half sister to RIPLING STAR Dam of RIPLING RING. SIGNOR AMIGO 10 wins, including Cape Flying Championship Gr1 (twice), Gilbey’s Stakes Gr1, Natal Mercury Sprint Gr1 (twice), Rupert Ellis Brown Plate Gr3 and HAMMER BELLE ARCSA Champion 2-year-old Filly : 4 wins including Allan Robertson Fillies Championship Gr1, Spring Fillies Stakes (L).
Lot 113

Trippi /
Refined Gold

Half sister to WHITE TIGER, winner and placed twice from only 6 starts. Family of SPORTS CHESTNUT: 4 wins, including Cape Fillies Guineas Gr1, Tibouchina Stakes Gr3. LONDON WALL, Equus Champion Broodmare, Dam of HORSE CHESTNUT: Equus Horse of the Year, Champion 3-Year-Old Colt and Champion Male Stayer, 8 wins, including SA Derby Gr1, The Classic Gr1, J&B Met Gr1, Cape Guineas Gr1, the Dingaans Gr2, Broward Handicap Gr3. Sire. MONYELA: Equus Champion Older Female Stayer, 5 wins, including SA Oaks Gr2 and Gold Circle Oaks Gr2.
Lot 228

Silvano /

Grandam own sister to SATELLITE BAY (AUS) 7 wins, KISS A HALO (AUS) (dam of UNDOUBTEDLY (AUS) winner inclusing Blue Diamond Stakes Gr1, Queen Adelaide Stakes (L), REGAL KISS (AUS) 6 wins including Reisling Slipper Trial Stakes Gr2, Irwin Stakes Gr3, Dequetteville Stakes (L), Balcrest Stakes (L), and TOORAK THUNDER (AUS): 3 wins including Blue Diamond Preview Gr3, Fulhma Park Plate (L). Half sister to RUNAWAY KNIGHT (AUS) 13 wins.
Lot 294
Western Winter /
Auburn Annio
Dam AUBURN ANNIO daughter of SOUTHERN SPRING (ARG), Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Argentina; Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Argentina; Champion Older Mare Argentina; 5 wins including Polla de Potrancas - One Thousand Guineas Gr1, Carrera de las Estrellas Gr1, Premio Jorge de Atucha, Gr1 Premio Carlos Casares Gr2, 2nd Premio Saturnino J. Unze Gr1. Own sister to SUN SPRING (ARG): 4 wins including Carrera de las Estrellas Gr1. Half sister to GOLD SPRING (ARG): 14 wins including Premio Carrera de las Estrellas Gr1, GP Maipu, Gr1 and Premio de las Estellas Productos Gr1.
Lot 424
Miesque’s Approval /
Going Places
Half brother of FIRST AGAIN highest merit rated filly of her generation (106). 8 wins and placed 14 times from 27 starts, including Ipi Tombe Stakes Gr2, 13 places including 4th Garden Province Stakes Gr1, 4th The Flamboyant Stakes (L) (twice). 
Family of FIRST MOVEMENT 6 wins 2nd Zimbabwe Oaks Gr3, Gallantry Fillies Classic (L), 3&4 Year-Old Championship Stakes (L), Breeders Champion Fillies Stakes (L), 3rd Flame Lily Sprint (L). Dam of GOLD MERCHANT KZN Champion Sprinter 5 wins including Natal Post Merchants Handicap Gr2, 3rd Byerley Turk Plate Gr3. DING DONG: 10 wins, including Metropolitan Handicap Gr1, Chairmans Handicap Gr3, Syd Garrett Handicap (L), Sire.
Lot 518
Miesque’s Approval /
Lewinsky’s Lover
Dam LEWINSKY’S LOVER daughter of VOTE CATCHER, half sister to SECRET PACT (dam of SECRET HEART, PROMISEFROMMYHEART: Equus Champion 3-Year-Old Classic Female, 6 wins, Triple Tiara Gr1, SA Fillies Guineas Gr1, Thekweni Fillies Stakes Gr2, COVENANT: 7 wins, including Majorca Stakes (WFA) Gr1, Sceptre Stakes (WFA) Gr2 (twice), grandam of PLUCK (USA): 3 wins, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Stakes Gr2, Summer Stakes Gr3), UNDERGROUND LADY (dam of LADY BROMPTON: 7 wins, Spring Challenge Gr1, Empress Club Stakes Gr2, Jacaranda Handicap Gr3, grandam of KINGS GAMBIT: JT Equus Champion Stayer, 7 wins in South Africa and Great Britain, SA Derby Gr1, SA Classic Gr1, Gordon Richards Stakes Gr3), BLUE SHADE, LONDON NEWS: ARCSA Champion 3-Year-Old Colt and JT Horse of the Year in 1995, Horse of the Year and Champion Older Male in 1996, 11 wins in South Africa and Hong Kong, The ‘Classic’, Gr1 Daily News 2000, Gr1 Rothmans July Handicap Gr1: Sire.
Lot 523

Kahal /
Linda Grandeza

Family of WELL DECORATED (USA) 6 wins including Arlington-Washington Futurity Gr1, Saratoga Special Stakes Gr2, Bahamas Handicap Gr3, Sport Page Handicap (L). Multiple Group placed and Sire. VICTORIOUS (USA) 3 wins including Saratoga Special Stakes Gr2, Juvenille Stakes Gr3, Flash Stakes (L). Multiple Group placed and Sire.



2013 National Yearling Sale Inspection

2013 national yearling sale inspection rss

Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale
TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa
26 & 28 April 2013

Backworth Stud enjoyed John Kramer and Kerry Jack’s visit to inspect our yearlings nominated for the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, and are pleased to share that despite bad weather, our ‘nominated yearlings’ were well received. The horses did themselves proud averaging a score of 8.5 with a few 9 toppers.

There is a good stallion mix in the draft, with Western Winter, Silvano, Trippi, Kahal, Muhtafal and Miesque’s Approval stamping their mark.

There are always a few that take one’s eye, and in particular is the big rangey grey Silvano filly ‘Aquinata’ out of Tsunami who really has a commanding presence. The Western Winter filly ‘Cold Fact’ is a strong workmanlike specimen, whilst the Miesque’s Approval colt ‘Humidor’ out of Lewinsky’s Lover is very impressive showing plenty quality.

We are some months off the sales, and preparation is just beginning, so we look forward to sharing their development over the next few months.


Colt Foal - Western Winter - Blue Lace Agate

Colt foal by Western Winter out of Blue Lace Agate
(Photo : Ian Todd)

Western Winter (USA) - Blue Lace Agate (SAF)

After just a few days on the ground, this Western Winter colt already has a ‘spring’ in his step! He is a grandson of Wild Aster, being out of the mare Blue Lace Agate who had a career record of 5 wins and 9 places from just 17 starts.

Wild Aster recorded 6 wins in her career including the Majorca Stakes (Grade 2) and the Ashburton Fillies Handicap (Listed) and 7 places. These included 2nds in the Cape Fillies Guineas (Grade 1), Green Point Stakes (WFA) (Grade 2), JB McIntosh Fillies Classic (Grade 2), Azalea Stakes (Grade 3) and Frank Martin Stakes (Listed) as well as a 3rd in the Premier’s Cup (Grade 2) and a 4th in the Arc-en-Ciel Paddock Stakes (Grade 1).

This is the family of Tropical Garden, Damascus Road, Alastor - 10 wins including the J&B Met (Grade 1), Hawaii Stakes (Grade 2) and Cup Trial (Grade 3) - and National Flame with 11 wins.


Blingle Bells wins at Vaal RacecourseBlingle Bells (SAF)
(Photo : JC Photos / Backworth Stud)

Parade Leader (USA) - September Bells (SAF) by Western Winter (USA)

Almost a year ago to the day, the Backworth-bred filly Blingle Bells (Parade Leader - September Bells), blitzed her opposition in the Summer Speedsters at the Vaal for owner/trainer Leon Erasmus.

Yesterday, it was a case of deja vu for Backworth’s top earner of the 2010/2011 racing season, as Blingle Bells tore up the sand track to win going away in a hotly contested MR 80 Handicap over 1000m, under apprentice Gerrit Olwagen.

This win takes the five-year-old mare’s career earnings to R417,025.

Vaal, Sand, 1000m
16 February 2012

Win Time : 60.19

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 BLINGLE BELLS 62.0 84 1 * G Olwagen Leon Erasmus
2 1.25 HOWHIGHCANUFLY 57.5 75 6 G Wrogemann Roy Magner
3 1.75 IKATI 52.0 62 3 * N Juglall Kumaran Naidoo
4 2.50 KINEMATIC COUNTESS 60.0 86 5 G Lerena Roy Magner
5 4.00 LA VOLTA 55.5 77 14 S Brown David Rahilly
6 4.05 POLISH LADY 55.5 71 11 R Simons Lucky Houdalakis
7 4.10 KAHAL’S FANTASY 58.0 76 12 P Strydom Brian Wiid
8 .4.20 REBECCA SHARP 60.0 80 10 T Appie Brett Webber
9 4.50 REGAL ROXY 53.0 66 13 L Nhlapo Leon Erasmus
10 6.25 CINNAMON SPICE 53.5 67 8 R Fradd Sean Tarry
11 6.50 ROSEHIP 60.5 87 9 JP van der Merwe Corne Spies
12 8.00 MOONELLI 56.5 79 2 D David Paul Peter
13 9.50 VICTORIUS MISTRESS 55.0 76 7 R Fourie Paul Peter
14 13.50 TEMPANO 52.0 64 4 E Pheiffer Roy Magner


June Bug RacehorseJune Bug
(Photo : JC Photos / Backworth Stud)

Cataloochee - September Bells by Western Winter (USA)

We are sad to annouce that we had to put down June Bug who was in training with Mike Azzie.

The three-year-old Cataloochee filly, out of September Bells by Western Winter, was showing such promise after 6 months off. She was about to have her 2nd run back when she broke her sesamoid in training. This tough decision was made for humane reasons.

June Bug’s career record reflects 2 wins and 3 places from 8 starts.



JUNE BUG - Career Race Results

Date Race Distance (m) Position
31 May 2011 FM 84 Handicap (F&M) 1450 4th
27 November 2010 Fillies Mile (Grade 3) 1600 5th
6 November 2010 Starling Stakes (Grade 3) 1400 5th
9 September 2010 Graduation Plate (F & M) 1450 1st
31 July 2010 Thekwini Stakes (Grade 1) 1600 11th
24 July 2010 Maiden Juvenile Plate (Fillies) 1600 1st
10 July 2010 Juvenile Plate 1450 2nd
25 January 2010 Maiden Juvenile Plate (Fillies) 1450 3rd


Blingle Bells wins the Summer SpeedstersBLINGLE BELLS - Summer Speedsters (Non-Black Type)
(Photo : JC Photos / Backworth Stud)

Parade Leader (USA) - September Bells by Western Winter (USA)

Backworth Stud congratulates Leon Erasmus and the connections on Blingle Bells’ convincing win in the Summer Speedsters at the Vaal yesterday!

Blingle Bells is full of surprises and obviously has plenty of ability. She seems to be getting better as she gets older!

Happy Racing!



R125,000 Summer Speedsters (Non-Black Type)
For Fillies and Mares
Vaal, Sand, 1000m
Win Time : 60.31

Trainer : Leon Erasmus
Jockey : Louis Nhlapo
Owners : Mr FWP Welman, Mr LJ and Mrs MJ Erasmus
Breeder : Backworth Stud

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 BLINGLE BELLS 54.0 80 4 L Nhlapo Leon Erasmus
2 0.75 DIXIE LASS 54.0 69 5 F Coetzee Leon Erasmus
3 3.50 CANDY COTTON 54.0 86 6 M Malherbe Louis Goosen
4 4.25 JOLLY POPPINS 54.0 80 2 J Sampson Louis Goosen
5 5.50 REBECCA SHARP 56.0 77 3 G Lerena Brett Webber
6 9.00 SCARLET SHEILA (AUS) 54.0 92 1 G Figueroa Paul Matchett

Late Scratchings

7 0.00 MANNEQUIN 60.0 100 6 R Simons Paul Matchett
8 0.00 MACLAIN 54.0 70 3 * N Qaule Louis Goosen


blingle bells runs second to mannequin in banyana handicap

Parade Leader (USA) - September Bells by Western Winter (USA)

In the vanguard from the off, Mannequin (Kahal (GB) - Model K) saw off Ex Unitate Vires (National Assembly (CAN) - Star Wars) racing into the final 200m and then Vareuse (Var (USA) - Toga) before going on to win from Backworth-bred Blingle Bells (Parade Leader (USA) - September Bells).

Blingle Bells is trained by Leon Erasmus.

Banyana Handicap (Listed)
For Fillies and Mares, Vaal, 1000m, Sand
24 September 2010 

Position LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 MANNEQUIN 58.5 95 7 R Simons Paul Matchett
2 2.25 BLINGLE BELLS 52.0 80 8 L Nhlapo Leon Erasmus
3 2.50 VAREUSE 54.5 87 5 G Figueroa Charles Laird
4 4.75 EX UNITATE VIRES 56.0 90 9 D David Geoff Woodruff
5 9.25 LULU BELLE 54.5 87 10 S Chambers Leon Lotz
6 10.50 GOLDEN SECRET 55.0 88 4 *JP van der Merwe Mike Azzie
7 10.55 ESTEREL 61.5 101 2 F Naude Dianne Stenger
8 12.50 FOREST LECTURE 52.0 69 3 S Khumalo Chris Erasmus
9 18.00 AREWEHAVINGFUNYET 54.0 86 1 A Delpech Sean Tarry
10 99.99 STARS IN MY EYES 52.0 75 6 *D Mansour Geoff Woodruff


june bug (cataloochee - september bells)

Cataloochee - September Bells by Western Winter (USA)

June Bug ran out an impressive winner at Turffontein on Saturday, demolishing her opposition by 8 lengths and taking her career record to a 3rd, a 2nd and a 1st from 3 starts.

June Bug is a reserve runner for the Thekwini Stakes (Grade 1) on Vodacom Durban July Day.

The Coca-Cola Maiden Juvenile Plate
For 2 Year Old Fillies, Turffontein, 1600m, Turf

Owners : Mr and Mrs M Azzie, Mr G Westwater and Backworth Stud

Position LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 JUNE BUG 57.0 0 3 *JP v’d Merwe Mike Azzie
2 8.25 INFALLIABLE 57.0 0 5 **A Fortune +0.5 Tony Nassif
3 8.75 PURE SILVER 57.0 0 4 L Nhlapa Ormond Ferraris
4 13.00 ALOUETTE 57.0 0 6 *D Mansour Lucky Houdalakis
5 13.10 STARSHADOW 57.0 0 2 D Yeo John Vos
6 15.00 BUKA WENA 57.0 0 8 S Brown Ernie Anderson
7 19.00 BELIEVE YOU ME 57.0 0 7 T Pretorius Koos Rossouw
8 25.00 FAYLINN 57.0 0 1 S Mtshali Chris Erasmus
Late Scratchings              
9 0.00 ALYSSUM 57.0 0 6 B Nyawa Saeed Mohideen
10 0.00 CRYSTAL BLAZE 57.0 0 2 *N Juglall (2.5) Penny Kimberley
11 0.00 WAVING DANCER 57.0 0 11 F Naude Dianne Stenger