MISS Frankel will be the first offspring of the legendary racehorse Frankel to race in South Africa.
The striking chestnut filly, who is still playing around the paddocks at Avontuur Stud near Somerset-West, will turn two in August. She will soon be going into training with Dennis Drier and Avontuur’s Pippa Mickleburgh commented: “Miss Frankel is doing beautifully. She will leave for Dennis’ yard at month-end and will race in the Avontuur silks.”
Miss Frankel is the second foal of Drier’s former star sprinter Val De Ra and racing fans will be even more excited about her prospects after Frankel’s extraordinary start at stud.
Frankel has sired six winners from six runners so far, five of them winning on debut and the latest being Seven Heaves, an eye-catching winner, first time out at Ascot on Friday.
Seven Heavens, trained by John Gosden, bears a striking resemblance to his sire. He was bred by Cheveley Park Stud and sold to by Frankel’s owner Khalid Abdullah at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale for 620,000 guineas last year. The colt was a late foal, born May 21, and is out of the dual Gr.3 winner and twice Gr.1-placed Heaven Sent.
John Gosden’s charge, who holds an entry in next year’s Derby, was the 5/4 favourite for his racecourse introduction in the Helical Bar EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes.
“He’s a nice horse,” jockey Robert Havlin said of Seven Heavens. “They didn’t go very quick early on, and following Tom (Marquand on Monoshka) he was struggling after three and a half furlongs and couldn’t take me any further, so literally from the two-pole to the line he had to do it all on his own.
“He’s never been off the bridle in his life before, so it was a big ask, and he just got a little bit lonely and just started to drift to the left a little. I was impressed with him.
“I’ve ridden two Frankels now and they’ve both wanted to get on with things at home, but come raceday they are as good as gold.”