When it comes to their award-winning wines and champion racehorses, the Avontuur principle has always been quality over quantity, and marrying class with class.
A handsome colt who arrived at the scenic farm outside of Somerset West on 7 August looks set to continue the proud legacy!
By Silvano (Lomitas), who was recently crowned SA Champion sire for the fourth time, when finishing over R3,8 million clear of runner up Captain Al, the colt is out of the Avontuur-bred Equus Champion Sprinter Val De Ra (Var – Minelli by Elliodor).
The magnificent Val De Ra won 11 of her 13 starts, including four Gr1’s. Crowned Equus Champion Sprinter for the 2010/11 season, her career peak came when she beat fellow champion What A Winter in the 2012 Cape Flying Championship.
Val De Ra, whose famous stakes-winning daughter Miss Frankel is likely to be seen in action in the Cape Summer Season, is by perennial champion producer Var out of a daughter of Avontuur’s outstanding broodmare Minelli – whose dam Lupin was a six time stakes winner by multiple champion Zimbabwean sire Tilden. The granddaughter of outstanding broodmare sire Lyphard has been represented by nine runners, eight of whom have won and include five black-type winners.
Minelli’s other notable winners include dual Gr2 Cape Merchants winner Tevez, Cue The Music, Mitra and Palladium. Remarkably, each of Minelli’s five stakes winners were sired by a different stallion.
Breeders are welcome to submit photos of their foal/s with a brief summary – birthdate, breeding, unique story etc to [email protected] for possible publication.