We witnessed superb performances from Backworth-breds in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape this past week for trainers Michael Miller, Dorrie Sham and Tony Rivalland.
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.
Horse Chestnut (SAF) - Flutter Bye (SAF)
In a somewhat ironic scheduling of nature, Flutter Bye, a half sister to Grade 2 Ipi Tombe Challenge victress First Again, presented Backworth with our ‘second’ foal of the season. A strapping colt by arguably the best racehorse to have run in South Africa in the past 40 years and the nation’s only Triple Crown winner in history, Horse Chestnut.
If his first few days in the paddocks are any indication, this chap is sure to send a few ‘hearts a fluttering’.
Horse Chestnut (SAF) - Exclusive Honour (SAF)
We all know the legacy of Horse Chestnut, arguably the best racehorse to run in South Africa in the past 40 years, and South Africa’s only ever Triple Crown winner! In a short, but amazing career, Horse Chestnut won nine of his ten career starts and earned in excess of $470,000.
His achievements included Horse of the Year in 1999; Champion 3-year-old Colt and Champion Male Stayer; won from 1000m in 57.3 secs on his debut to 2450m - the SA Derby (Gr.1) by 10 lengths. He was the first three-year-old in 54 years to win the J&B Met (Gr.1) by 8 lengths and he won the Cape Guineas (Gr.1) by 7.5 lengths. In his only start on foreign soil he won the Gr.3 Broward Handicap in Gulfstream Park by 5.5 lengths.
Now look at this beaut of a filly foal by Horse Chestnut out of our Exclusive Patriot mare, Exclusive Honour… like father like daughter, like mother like daughter.