Acacia Stakes glory for Flower Alley

Wilgerbosdrift’s bang inform sire Flower Alley struck yet again when his Wilgerbosdrift bred and owned daughter Clafoutis won the G3 Acacia Stakes (1600m) at Turffontein on Sunday afternoon.

In the process, Clafoutis became the 35th stakes winner for Flower Alley.
Trained by Mike de Kock, four-year-old Clafoutis made a mockery of her 16-1 starting price with a game win in Sunday’s R200 000 race despite having a poor draw to overcome.

Under Jarryd Penny, the daughter of Flower Alley raced at the back of the field for much of the running on Sunday.

Penny bought Clafoutis with a strong late run, and the pair got up to score by half a length, with Clafoutis’ beaten rivals including Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara winner and multiple Equus Champion Rain In Holland.
Clafoutis was one of no fewer than four runners in the race for Flower Alley, with the latter also responsible for Acacia runners Gilded Butterfly, Bold Fortune and Evening Primrose.

Out of the Danehill Dancer mare Berry Blaze, Clafoutis has now won four of 16 starts with the filly having also finished second, to subsequent G1 WSB SA Derby winner Aragosta, in the 2022 G3 Sea Cottage Stakes.

Her G1 Travers Stakes winning sire Flower Alley is having another fantastic season, with the son of Distorted Humor having now been represented by six black type winners in 2022-2023 thus far.