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3-Time Gr1-Winner Val De Ra Retired To Stud

Tuesday, 8th May 2012

Also in South Africa, triple Gr1-winning 5YO mare & last season's SA Champion Sprinter Val De Ra (Var-Minelli, by Elliodor) "has also been retired after being found to have bled in last month's Gr1 Computaform Sprint & will now be sent to Britain to be covered" reported racingpost.com. Trainer Dennis Drier noted: "Alec Forbes (jockey) felt there was something obviously amiss in the race & he eased her out of it. After it, she was coughing & was very distressed. When we took her back to the stable a tell-tale trickle of blood came out of her nostril. She is certainly the best sprinting female this country has ever seen. She has twice travelled to different centres to beat the males in Gr1 weight-for-age sprints & that is very difficult to do. But she did it all on sheer guts & heart." Val De Ra took recorded 11 wins (including January's Gr1 Cape Flying Championship over 1000m at Kenilworth, plus 2011's Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint over 1200m at Scottsville, Gr1 Computaform Sprint over 1000m at Turffontein, Gr2 Southern Cross Stakes over 1000m at Kenilworth & Listed Kwazulu-Natal Stakes over 1000m at Clairwood, as well as 2010's Listed Kwazulu-Natal Stakes over 1000m at Greyville) & 1 placing (in 2010's Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint over 1200m at Scottsville) from 13 starts. Pippa Mickleburgh (manager of the Avontuur Stud which stands her sire Var & owns & bred Val De Ra) confirmed she will now join Australian-bred Horse-Of-The-Year Igugu & other Mike de Kock horses "in the Kenilworth quarantine station before being sent to Mauritius for 90 days & then being flown to Britain". She said which stallion the mare will visit "had still to be decided"; but earlier in the year she "revealed she had already made inquiries about Galileo, Sea The Stars, Oasis Dream & Frankel".

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