Minella Racing

Minella Racing Winners

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Minella Royale Winner for John Nallen at Lingstown Sun 25th. Nov 2018
Minella Royale makes a winning debut for handler John Nallen in the hands of Brian Lawless. The son of Shirocco continued the theme of the day by racing prominently before going on to record a 15 length success. The five year old will now be sold.
John and his wife Bernadine Nallen and son Jack.
John Nallen with Jack and Bernadine.
John Nallen is an accomplished race horse producer who has always named his horses "Minella" after his family Hotel.
Minella rocks in National Hunt Chase for Jonjo O'Neill
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Cheltenham - Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 05:08 pm

Minella Rocco showed stamina in abundance to run out a gutsy winner of the 146th Year Of The National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup over four miles and 25 fences at Cheltenham.

Taking it up at the final fence, the JP McManus-owned Minella Rocco (8-1) kept on resolutely and, despite running around up the hill, went on to score by a length and a quarter from Native River.

O'Connor, winning the race a second time, said: "The horse gave me a tremendous ride - he was as brave as a lion.

"I don't think anyone can ever question his jumping ever again as he was big, brave and bold.

"He has a huge amount of potential going forward. "It's a fairytale."
Rocco tops at stunning new sale.

A new bloodstock auction, held by Brightwells after racing on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival, proved an outstanding success.
A four-year-old gelding called Minella Rocco

(Lot 17), who had made his racing debut five days earlier when landing a point-to-point at Horse & Jockey in Ireland.

It took a bid of £260,000 by Kieran McManus to close out rival bidders.
John Nallen sells at Brightwells
Sales at Chelthnam
Vendor John Nallen said: “I’m happy with that – it’s worked very well.

I bought him as a store for €48,000 in June and he won nicely before we bought him to market.”
Minella for value..
Minella horses are purchased as yearlings and reared by John Nallen at his Lavally Yard.
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Corky Carroll won the senior rider point-to-point award for the last two seasons

1st February 2017 — wordsontheturf

Recent success stories at auction have included Minella For Dollars a winner at Lingstown trained by Denis Murphy and sold for £240000 at the Goffs ...
The hunter chase season will shortly be in full swing and the point to point version has been warming up over the last month. This article is a special feature and came about by discovering why so many horses had the prefix’s Minella, Monbeg and Clondaw. On checking the results records covering the last few years, there were 93 horses named Minella,18 Clondaw and 15 Monbegs. Most will no longer be racing but we have all heard of Minella Rocco, Clondaw Warrior and Monbeg Dude. Where do these names come from but first of all I need to discuss the differences between bringing many National Horses bred in Britain and Ireland to the racecourse.
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This is probably the most interesting prefix for racehorses. John Nallen is behind the Minella horses. In 1963 Nallens parents Jack and Babs bought a Georgian property , built in 1863 near Clonmel in County Tipperary. They turned it into a hotel, which now has 90 bedrooms plus courtyard accommodation , a spa , tennis court etc. It is now run by John and sister Elizabeth.

Johns other interest is buying yearlings and store horses and giving them an education preparing them to move into points point yards.. He has all weather gallops and schooling fences at his Lavally yard. He doesn’t train the horses for point to points himself but uses Denis Murphy at Ballyboy stables Enniscorthy, Wexford and Colin Bowe, of Limestone Lad fame at Milestone Stables, Kiltealy, Wexford. They also consign Nallen’s horses to the sales.

Previous success stories include Cheltenham Gold Cup hope , Minella Rocco who Nallen bought as a store for €48000 and sold at auction to J P McManus for £260000. Minella Four Star won the Midlands Grand National in 2011

Recent success stories at auction have included Minella For Dollars a winner at Lingstown trained by Denis Murphy and sold for £240000 at the Goffs Doncaster January 2017. MInella Encore won at Killeagh on 18th January and sold at Goffs Doncaster sale 24/25 January 2017 for £100000 consigned by Colin Bowe. Minella Rebellion sold at Cheltenham Tattersalls sale in May 2016 for £90000.

Previously Minella Charmer was consigned by Colin Bowe having been bought for €27000 and sold for £180000 and is now in training with Alan King.

In naming his horses Minella something this provides advertising to the hotel.

Buying and selling horses in this way is sometime called ‘pinsticking’ . IT is fair to say that in all cases value has been added by the training and subsequent victories in point to points . The profits can be huge but equally the losses could be large with horses not living up to their potential, being injured or simply being too slow.

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The point is profit – Words On The Turf

Johns interest is buying yearlings and store horses and giving them an education preparing them to move into points point yards.
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19 Mar 2018

Great debut run by MINELLA INDO (by Beat Hollow) to win by 6L in the Goffs UK 5YO maiden at Dromahane. Congratulations to J C Barry and John Nallen