Minella Indo, the winner of the blue riband race ultimately week’s Cheltenham Pageant, acquired his identify when the horse’s earlier proprietor John Nallen was filling within the naming varieties for horses on the reception desk of his Clonmel resort.
The Gold Cup-winning horse bears the identify of Lodge Minella, which is owned by John and his sister Elizabeth.
“I had three varieties to fill in a single night time and there have been three newspapers on the counter – The Irish Occasions, Irish Examiner and Irish Unbiased (typically known as the Indo).
“That’s how Minella Indo received his identify,” says John.
There’s one other robust native reference to the Gold Cup winner; the horse was bred by Richard and Anne Lalor at Rathkenny Stud in Lisronagh, between Clonmel and Fethard.
A son of Beat Hole, Minella Indo was purchased by John Nallen as a foal at Tattersalls Eire for €24,000 and gained on his debut run in a point-to-point at Dromahane, close to Mallow, earlier than being bought privately into de Bromhead’s secure as a five-year-old three years in the past.
John Nallen mentioned that Minella Indo had “a extremely good presence about him” and was “simply the true deal” when he determined to purchase the horse.
“These horses both soar out at you or they don’t.
“He was a robust, high quality foal with a very good pedigree and he made a very good impression.”
Above: Celebration time for coach Henry de Bromhead, proper, jockey Jack Kennedy, left, and a employees member of de Bromhead’s secure, after Minella Indo gained The WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup at Prestbury Park. Photograph by Hugh Routledge/Sportsfile
The Nallen identify has been synonymous with racehorse possession and gross sales down via the years; as of late the horses are normally bought after catching the attention in point-to-point races.
In addition to Minella Indo, a few of their best-known horses have included Minella Rocco, a Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up behind Sizing John in 2017 when racing within the well-known inexperienced and gold colors of JP McManus; Minella Gold, Minella Lad, Minella Categorical and Pocket book.
“You purchase a small bundle of them, promote them on and hope they are going to do one thing large” says John, who operates from his base at Lavally, close to Clerihan, Clonmel.
There he’s assisted by head man James Corky Carroll, John’s son Jack and his nephews Seanie and Conor Bowen.
He recollects the time when his late father, Jack, purchased the Clonmel resort in 1961 when he bought Colonel Perry, a greyhound that went on to win the English Derby, for five,000 kilos.
“I wouldn’t have the ability to purchase one other Lodge Minella with what I bought Minella Indo for,” he rapidly provides!
He praised Dingle jockey Jack Kennedy for the nice trip he had given the horse within the Gold Cup.
He was additionally delighted with Rachael Blackmore’s success at Cheltenham.
The Killenaule lady, who completed the week because the main jockey on the pageant, rode the Gold Cup runner-up A Plus Tard.
Each the winner and runner-up within the race had been skilled by Henry de Bromhead at Knockeen, close to Tramore in Co Waterford.
Rachael Blackmore had ridden Minella Indo to win the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham two years in the past, when she turned the primary feminine jockey to trip a Grade One winner over hurdles on the Cheltenham Pageant.
John Nallen mentioned that Rachael’s “unbelievable story” final week had lifted the gloom and doom of a rustic that’s nonetheless in lockdown.
“Final week for soar racing in Eire was the identical as Italia 90 had been for soccer followers.”
He mentioned that individuals who he didn’t assume had any curiosity in horse racing had adopted the pageant carefully.
He was additionally happy that the house owners of the 23 Irish-trained winners of the 28 races at Cheltenham had been scattered all through the nation, and never simply confined to a couple names.
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