First winner for Byword | Cape Breeders Club

First winner for Byword

15th May 2017

Mauritzfontein’s well performed 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.


Bred by Rob and Michele Pickering, Talk Wrench has now won or placed in four of six outings.

The colt was a R220 000 purchase from last year’s National Yearling Sale.

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 G1 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.

Byword, whose yearlings have made up to R2 000 000, is the covering sire of several lots on Thursday’s Cape Mare Sale.

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