KZN Breeders Awards Nominations 2013

KZN Breeders Awards Nominations 2013

Festival Of Fire, winning the Gr 2 KRA Fillies Guineas. Photo: Gold Circle


The prestigious annual KZN Breeders Awards take place once again at the beautiful venue Bellwood Cottages, owned by breeders’ Willie and Janine Messenger who also happen to have their beautiful Kahal filly Enchanted Kingdom nominated for the event this year. The Awards will take place on Saturday 16 November, 6:00 for 6:30pm.


Once again, the nominees are of a high standard and include a number of Group winners and performers – including the first for sire Judpot with Backworth’s (recipient of last year’s Breeding Achievement Award) Colour Of Courage winning the Gr 2 Umkhomazi Stakes, and Admiral’s Eye placing third in a Gr 1 on Vodacom Durban July day for young Japanese sire Admire Main. Owner Alesh Naidoo has two nominations under the Summerhill banner, with Love Struck and Admiral’s Eye.


KZN has produced an outstanding crop of two year olds which include colts and fillies. Gr 2 winning Virgo’s Babe stole SA Fillies Nursery by five lengths (bred by Midlands Thoroughbreds), and Princess Julietta by King Of Kings who has had two very close and impressive Group performing seconds’ – bred by Betty and Basil Linington. Julietta stands at Rathmor Stud and has foaled a Kahal, returning to Crusade this season.


Greg Royden-Turner’s Roski-bred Journeyman also stands for nomination in the Outstanding Two Year Old Colt, and this young son of Trippi is in quarantine heading to Dubai under the care of champion trainer Mike De Kock. Jimmi Choo, a speedy chestnut colt bred by Cathy and Jonathan Martin of Hadlow Stud also stands in this category along with Yellow Star’s talented son of Jay Peg, Flash Drive.


As nine time champion breeders, Summerhill Stud have a number of entries including Gr 1 SA Classic winner Love Struck and Gr 1 Daily News 2000 second placed No Worries (owned by Brian Burnard), both by Kahal.


Kahal who stands at Bush Hill Stud also features prominently being a champion sire – he has the likes of some of the countries top fillies and mares up for nomination – including the likes of Festival Of Fire (bred by Mr CJ Saunders and Lady O’ Reilly), Eastern Greeting (bred by Kjell Foundation), Checcetti (bred by Summerhill) and Enchanted Kingdom (bred by Bellwood Stud).


Love Struck winning the Gr 1 SA Classic. Photo: Alesh Naidoo


Gitiano, winner of the KZN Breeders Million Mile this year, has been nominated for Outstanding Middle Distance Male and Outstanding Three Year Old Colt. Bred by Mr Emilio Baseiro, he is a son of Mullins Bay and his dam Poppy Elizabeth has returned to Mullins Bay this season, after foaling a Querari.


Requiem, a son of Danehill who stood for a time at Spring Valley Stud, is the sire of both Jo De Nys’ Rhythmic Roxy and Salutation, both mares up for nomination in the Outstanding Female Stayer category.


Scott Bros have had an outstanding year with their black son of Mogok, The Apache, who seems to get better with age. Their nominations include another two sons of Mogok – Meadow Magic who took home the Gr 2 Emerald Cup and Wild One in Outstanding Three Year Old Colt. They also have the big talented son of Jet Master, E-Jet, nominated for Outstanding Older Male and Outstanding Middle Distance Male. His dam, a grey mare named Esmaltina, now stands at Yellow Star Stud and is owned by Mary Slack of Wilgebosdrift. She will visit the speedy Kildonan this season.


Seal, the talented staying son of Silvano bred by Dr Ian Heyns and born and raised at Bush Hill Stud, is also entered into the category of Outstanding Older Male and Male Stayer.


For more enquiries regarding table bookings, please contact candiesem@goldcircle.co.za. Tickets are R300 per person, we hope to see you there!




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