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Former champion Minstrella dies at 28

MINSTRELLA, who had a famous rivalry with Forest Flower in the juvenile fillies' division in 1986, has died at the age of 28.

A daughter of The Minstrel descended from North American champion Gallorette, Minstrella was trained by Charlie Nelson to win the Phoenix Stakes, the Cheveley Park Stakes, the Chesham Stakes and Moyglare Stud Stakes, establishing a new prize-money record for a two-year-old in Europe.

The Cheveley Park Stakes looked to decide champion filly honours when both Minstrella and Forest Flower lined up, but it turned out to be a controversial heat with Forest Flower beating Minstrella by two lengths after bumping her rival two furlongs from home.

The first-past-the-post survived a lengthy stewards' enquiry but connections of the runner-up successfully appealed the result and Forest Flower was disqualified and placed last.

At three Minstrella was sixth to Miesque in the 1,000 Guineas and sixth to Forest Flower in the Irish 1,000 Guineas before finishing fourth to Big Shuffle in the Cork and Orrery Stakes.

Midway through her sophomore season she was sent to America, where she finished tenth in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.

Minstrella produced 16 foals for her breeder Edward P. Evans, 11 of whom were winners including Colonial Minstrel and Minidar at Graded level. She was also the ancestress of Graded scorers A Little Warm, Pleasant Strike and Mini Sermon.

 

 

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