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Frances Ethel wins the Listed Ormond Ferraris Oaks Trial after producing a stromg late run (JC Photos)

In the Listed Ormond Ferraris Oaks Trial at Turffontein Standside on Saturday, Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein made further inroads into Drakenstein Stud’s stakes winners lead as the Brett Crawford-trained Rafeef filly Frances Ethel gave them their eleventh individual stakes winner of the season.

Drakenstein Stud hold the record of 20 individual stakes winners in a season and are on 14 this season in their bid to better the record for a third successive season.

Frances Ethel was a R160,000 purchase by Grant Knowles’ Central Route Trading at the BSA KZN Yearling Sale and she is owned now by Knowles in partnership with Dylan Chinsammy.

She runs in Chinsammy’s familiar red with black epaulettes and cap colours.

Kabelo Matsunyane lost out on two Listed wins on Saturday due to suspension, including this one.

He was replaced on Frances Ethel by Athandiwe Mgudlwa.

From a good draw of three Mgudlwa managed to settle Frances Ethel in about 5th or 6th place in the 13 horse field. She stayed on resolutely without making noticeable progress until the 200m mark and then surged forward as the others began to tire.

She went on to win by a cosy 1,20 lengths from the favourite Sukhumvit, who had stayed on from near the back and looks to have scope for improvement.

Both of the first two were merit rated 88 and carried 57kg. The time was 0,79 seconds slower than Marauding Horde’s, but Frances Ethel did carry more weight.

Her task in the Gr 2 Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks will be made easier by Gimme A Nother’s defection to the Gr 1 Empress Club Stakes, but the latter’s stablemate Silver Sanctuary as well as the like of the improving Let’s Go Now, Gr 1 winner Bavarian Beauty and tihe improving Beating Wings will make the Oaks task quite tough.

However, Frances Ethel looks progressive and could be up to it.

Later, In the Listed TAB Aquanaut Handicap over 2400m Brett Crawford scored a Listed double when the useful Dynasty six-year-old gelding Crimson King got up to beat Red Maple and Rule Book by half-a-length and 1,60 lengths respectively, despite carrying 59,5kg. This horse had been fancied for the Gold Cup last season after an easy win in the Gr 3 Splashout 2200 on Hollywoodbets Durban July day. However, he was scratched after going lame on his near fore. He proved he is up to another crack at that big staying race.

Later the Mike de Kock-trained Shoemaker, who had gone off the boil as a three-year-old after looking most promising in his first few efforts, burst into the Hollywoodbets Durban July picture with an impressive performance in a Pinnacle event over 1800m under Ryan Munger. He only carried 54 kg, but settled well in midfield and finished full of running for a 1,25 length victory over the hard-knocking Meridius.

The Sean Tarry-trained Swing Upon A Star won a strongly contested Pinnacle event over 1160m under Serino Moodley, beating the promising I Am Giant narrowly at level weights and could pick up another feature to add to his Gr 2 Epol Umkhomazi Stakes win over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville as a two-year-old.

His well-bred Tarry-trained Gimmethegreenlight stablemate To The Rescue won the first race over 1800m well in his first run as a gelding under Strydom and this ever improving sort could go on to bigger things.