SA champion to visit Frankel
The wonderful Avontuur bred and owned superstar Val de Ra is one of just 20 select mares chosen to visit the world’s greatest racehorse for a Southern Hemisphere cover.
Val de Ra, who is due to foal to Oasis Dream at the end of September, is one of just a handful of elite mares who will visit the mighty Frankel.
Val De Ra (Var – Minelli) was one of the best sprinting fillies ever to race in South Africa. The mare won 11 of her 13 starts and over R1 800 000, and landed six stakes races in the process. Arguably the former Equus Champion’s greatest win came when Val de Ra conquered champion What A Winter in the 2012 Gr1 Cape Flying Championship. She was named South Africa’s Champion Sprinter in 2010-2011.
Frankel (Galileo – Kind) is widely considered the greatest horse ever to set foot on the British turf. Unbeaten in 14 starts, Frankel retired to stud with a Timeform Rating of 147 – the highest ever.
Standing at a fee of GBP 125 000, Frankel has covered some of the world’s finest broodmares in his first season at stud.
Among his mates this season were champions Danedream, Finsceal Beo, Midday and Stacelita as well as the outstanding broodmares Binche (dam of exciting new sire Byword) and Oatsee (dam of Preakness Stakes hero Shackleford).
Frankel is one of the few horses to have a website solely devoted to him and his progress.
A truly exceptional horse, he was a champion at two, three and four, and was the finest horse ever trained by the late, legendary trainer Sir Henry Cecil.