The moment is just huge for the team at Avontuur. I can’t wait to get Val de Ra back to her home at Avontuur.
— Pippa Mickleburgh / Avontuur General Manager

Avontuur Estate announced the delivery yesterday morning of a healthy, strong filly by Frankel out of their South African Champion Sprint filly, Val De Ra.

The daughter of Var had a blazing career, with eleven wins from her 13 starts, including four Gr.1s, and was crowned the Equus Champion Sprinter for the 2010-11 season. She gave birth in the UK in 2013 to a strong filly by Oasis Dream and, after being covered by Frankel, took on the long trip home with her first foal at foot earlier this year. She had to stay for a month at the Drakenstein Quarantine Facility until all the necessary tests had been done and her yearling is based at Avontuur Estate in the Helderberg, between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, where she is being prepared for the Cape Premier Yearling Sale in January.

Yesterday's birth went well and Drakenstein Stud's Ross Fuller said that the newborn is strong, flashy and well-balanced, and both mother and baby are doing well.

Avontuur's Pippa Mickleburgh was understandably excited, saying, "She was due on the 26th but the little one clearly couldn't wait. We are so grateful to the team at Drakenstein for looking after her so well and she has once again impressed everyone with her presence of mind and endurance, and is looking well and happy! The moment is just huge for the team at Avontuur. I can't wait to get Val de Ra back to her home at Avontuur. She will have a wonderful few months relaxing with her new foal and will eventually visit Oratorio, one of the resident stallions at the Estate."

Extract from European Bloodstock News

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