First Winner For Byword From Middlefield Stud


Talk Wrench at the 2016 National Yearling Sale, where he sold for R200 000 from Middlefied Stud. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Starting off in KZN and later purchased by Mauritzfontein, the Gr1 winning young sire Byword, whose half-brother Finche made a stunning winning debut at Deauville on Sunday, was represented by his first winner when first crop son Talk Wrench won over 1000m on Monday at Flamingo Park.

Bred by Rob and Michele Pickering who sourced and stood Byword before he was sold on and relocated, Talk Wrench has now won or placed in four of six outings. The KZN-bred colt was a R220 000 purchase from last year’s National Yearling Sale, trained by Philip Smith and owned by Dr AC Botha. Talk Wrench, an attractive chestnut colt is out of Bearing Strait by Caesour. This is the damline of Sevillano, Herod The Great and Jet Lady. 

Byword. Image: Candiese Marnewick
Byword at Middlefield Stud. Image: Candiese Marnewick

He is from the first crop of outstanding racehorse Byword, who was France’s highweight Older Horse in 2010.

Byword’s seven wins included the G1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (where he beat seven individual Gr1 winners), G2 Prix du Muguet and G2 Prix du Dollar (where Byword accounted for seven time G1 winner Cirrus Des Aigles). The chestnut also ran second to triple G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Goldikova in the 2010 G1 Prix d’Ispahan.

He is one of 12 G1 winners sired by French champion Peintre Celebre (by Nureyev), and is out of former Broodmare Of The Year Binche, dam also of four time G1 winner Proviso. This is the same family as 2015 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint winner Peniaphobia and US champion racemare Wandesta among others.

Bywords yearlings have made up to R2 000 000 at sales to date. 

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