Sprint star’s first foal
Avontuur’s great champion, Val De Ra, has taken to motherhood really well. Here is a picture of the former Speed Queen with her three month old Oasis Dream filly foal.
One can only imagine how fast this filly could be – she is by a Champion Sprinter (Oasis Dream) out of a Champion Sprinter (Val De Ra), by a Champion Sprinter (Var).
Clearly this filly is bred to fly!
Val De Ra was herself a truly exceptional champion. The daughter of leading sire Var was all but unbeatable on the South African race track, winning 11 of her 13 outings against some of South Africa’s very best sprinters.
Named Equus Champion Sprinter in 2011, Val De Ra (bred and owned by Avontuur) won six feature races and over R1 800 000 in prize money. She won her first five races in a row, culminating in her first feature race win, the Listed KwaZulu Natal Stakes.
During her racing career, Val De Ra won three Grade One races under the shrewd handling of trainer Dennis Drier. Her major victories included the Gr1 Computaform Sprint, Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint and Gr1 Cape Flying Championship.
Val De Ra’s win in the Cape Flying Championship came after a fierce duel with multiple Equus Champion What A Winter, resulting in a brave, half-length victory for the filly.
Val De Ra is now confirmed in foal to the unbeaten legend, Frankel. She is one of nine stakes horses produced from Var’s stunning first crop, which also included Gr1 winning sprinter August Rush (Mercury Sprint), and the high-class juveniles Vacherin (SA Nursery) and Villandry (Gold Medallion).
Var himself is well represented at the 2014 Cape Premier Yearling Sale. He has 17 exceptionally well bred yearlings on offer, including a half-sister to Saturday’s Gr2 Sceptre Stakes heroine Reflective Image, a filly from the family of Champion US sire Distorted Humor, an own sister to Twitter, a half-sister to last season’s Gr1 winner Happy Valentine, and a half-brother to Fillies Guineas victress Go Indigo.