Franny – 2 starts 2 stakes wins!

Gr3 Pretty Polly Stakes winner - Franny

Trippi’s first South African crop has had buyers clamouring for his progeny like they are the answer to everybody’s prayers and his daughter Franny justified odds of 3/10 to easily win the Pretty Polly Stakes for two-year-old fillies over 1000m.  Franny had created a huge impressive when she recorded a five lengths success on her debut in a Listed event over 1000m on the same course four weeks earlier and was always going to take a power of beating here, but Mike de Kock’s Australian bred newcomer Beautiful Muriel had her backers and started as the 7/2 second favourite in a field of ten, writes MATTHEW LIPS

Franny soon found herself in front once the gates opened, and although Wounded Knee, Spanish Victory, Klentijie and Beautiful Muriel all showed some early pace they were clearly going to struggle from a long way out to stay with Franny.  The red-hot favourite never looked like losing, and in the words of her jockey Anthony Delpech, “going through the 400m I had them stone cold.”  The Gavin van Zyl-trained winner came home three lengths in front of Straight Set, who’d also finished second behind Franny four weeks earlier, with Franny’s stable companion Wounded Knee another 3.75 lengths adrift in third.

Franny is bound to start as a very popular favourite should she attempt to defend her unbeaten record in the Gr2 Fillies Nursery over 1160m on April 28th.  Out of the National Assembly mare Scented Samantha and a half sister to high class exported sprinter Sweet Sanette, Franny was bred at Highlands Farms Stud and was a R275 000 purchase from the inaugural Cape Premier Yearling Sale in 2011.  Her two wins from two starts in the Bridget Oppenheimer silks have earned R187 500 in stakes.

Pretty Polly S. (SAf-G3) (3/31)
Turffontein, South Africa, March 31, R165.000, 1100m, turf, good, 1.05.29 (CR 1.01.65).
FRANNY (SAF), 58.0, b f 2, Trippi – Scented Samantha (SAF) by National Assembly (CAN). Owner B D Oppenheimer; breeder Highlands Farms (SAF); trainer G v Zyl; jockey A Delpech (R103.125)
Straight Set (SAF), 58.0, ch f 2, Victory Moon (SAF) – Sublime Surge (SAF) by Elliodor (FR)
Wounded Knee (SAF), 58.0, b f 2, Var – Indian Squaw (SAF) by Al Mufti
Margins: 3, 3¾, ¾
Also ran: Sweet Destiny (SAF) 55.0, Spanish Victory (SAF) 55.0, Kleintjie (SAF) 58.0, Five Rings (SAF) 55.0, Lady Cozzene (SAF) 58.0, Beautiful Muriel (AUS) 55.0, Que Bonita (SAF) 58.0



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