Sadly two highly valued members of the Trelawney broodmare band were laid to rest on Friday.
At 25 years old Carmel Valley could be considered a matriarch of the Trelawney broodmare band having been purchased at a young age by Brent when searching for Last Tycoon mares. Though showing only average talent on the race track, Carmel Valley went on to be an outstanding broodmare. Dam of 11 foals, 10 of these went on to be winners including NZ Champion stayer and Australian Gr.1 winner Hill of Grace, and Gr.2 winner Renewable. Her daughters have gone on to perform well at stud themselves; Del Mar for example being the producer of two stakes performers herself. Carmel Valley had been retired some years ago and enjoyed her last few years grazing at Trelawney.
Owned by Jim Barlow, the John Sargent trained Vedodara (Kreisler) was a stakes winner and Gr.1 placed. She went on to excel as a broodmare, having had 11 foals to the track to date, all who are winners. Her best performed offspring is Gr. 1 winner Sharvasti, with Gr.3 winners Bhandara and Shastri not far behind. Barlow has a rising 3yo Jimmy Choux and rising 2yo Pins filly (pictured) still to race. Brent and Cherry acknowledged the value of the family when purchasing Bhiwani (Alamosa) as a yearling who has gone on to win twice and placed eight times. At 24 years old Vedodara was another who had been in the ranks for a long time and become part of the family.
Both were well loved members of the team and though it is sad to see them go, their legacy will live on in their daughters for many years to come. Carmel Valley and Vedodara have joined the other legends of the farm when laid to rest on the driveway on Friday afternoon.