10 January 2011
Val Royal Adds French Black-Type
In France, deceased former Eliza Park shuttler Val Royal (Royal Academy-Vadlava, by Bikala) added a black-type success when Irish-bred 4YO mare Love Queen (Val Royal-Lone Spectre, by Linamix) scored by a neck in the €52,000 (A$68,000) Listed Prix Miss Satamixa (1500m) for mares 4YO & up at Deauville. Love Queen (ridden by Francois-Xavier Bertras for trainer Valerie Dissaux) defeated fellow Irish-bred 4YO mare Rada Angel (Le Vie Dei Colori-Red Letter, by Sri Pekan) & another 4YO mare Boise (Marchand De Sable-Yezidis, by Ski Chief). Love Queen was a €35,000 (A$46,000) weanling at the 2007 Deauville December Sale & now has 4 wins & 4 placings from 13 starts for €87,960 (A$114,000) earnings.