Rafeef Filly Heads To USA

Won't race again in SA

The smart Rafeef filly Frances Ethel, winner of the R750 000 Wilgerbosdrift Bridget Oppenheimer Gr2 SA Oaks at Turffontein in April, is en route to the United States and will thus not run in the Hollywoodbets Durban July.

Acquired by Team Valor just prior to her Highveld Grade 2 success, the Brett Crawford-trained Frances Ethel had an unlucky passage for fourth in the Gr1 Woolavington 2000 at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday, and will now immediately head to Cape Town to be prepared to be flown to Europe and then on to the United States to continue her racing career.

Frances Ethel wins the Gr2 SA Oaks (Pic – JC Photos)

This was reported on Monday on the Team Valor social media platforms.

Originally sold on the 2022 KZN Yearling Sale for R160 000, Frances Ethel went through the Cape Racing Ready To Run & Unbroken 2yo Sale ring for R220 000.

She was bred by Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein and is a daughter of Ridgemont kingpin Rafeef (Redoute’s Choice) out of the unraced Fort Wood mare, Daphne Garland.

A winner of 4 of her 6 starts with 2 place cheques, Frances Ethel earned over R800 000 in her short career.

She has not yet been officially scratched from the Hollywoodbets Durban July.

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