The Minelli influence
Avontuur’s Elliodor mare Minelli has been a truly superb broodmare. Not only is Minelli the dam of champion Val De and two other stakes winners, her progeny have also been understandably sought after in the sales ring.
Her son Tevez (winner of this season’s Gr2 Merchants) was a R700 000 buy at the 2011 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, while Vincente (a Var colt out of Minelli) fetched R1.1 million at the 2013 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
MInelli, who herself four races from 1200-1600m , is the dam of three stakes winners to date, with her tally including top sprinter Tevez, and classy Listed winner Mitra (by Jallad). All five of Minelli’s runners have won, and her offspring have won 29 races – and counting!
Her best known runner, however, is Val De Ra. Now safely in foal to unbeaten legend Frankel, Val De Ra was South Africa’s Equus Champion Sprinter in 2011. The brilliant daughter of Var won 11 of 13 outings and over R1.8 million in prize money. Val De Ra won six stakes races, and completed a notable Grade One hatrick when winning all of the SA Fillies Sprint, Computaform Sprint and Cape Flying Championship. She was a true champion.
Minelli is doubly represented at this year’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. She herself has a lovely Var colt on sale, while her daughter Mitra has a Trippi catalogued for the sale.
Her colt, named Severino, is consigned by Avontuur, and is catalogued as Lot 440. He is definitely a horse to watch!
Sorrento Stud consign the Trippi filly out of Mitra, who is lot 452 in the sale. Mitra, whose sire Jallad is also broodmare sire of world class sprinter Shea Shea, won five times up to 1600m, and her wins included the Listed Jo’Burg Spring F&M Challenge. In that race Mitra accounted for some outstanding fillies, notably Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint heroine Captain’s Gal and Gr1 SA Fillies Classic victress Spiced Gold.
The Minelli success story looks a long way from finished, and these two yearlings can yet bring further glory to this remarkable broodmare.