Debut winner for Flower Alley

Wilgerbosdrift’s successful sire Flower Alley has had another fine season in 2021-2022, and the G1 winning son of Distorted Humor looks to have another potentially smart daughter to his name in the form of Maharanee.

The latter, a two-year-old trained by Paul Peter, made the perfect start to her racing career when making a winning debut at Turffonten on Saturday afternoon.

Under Warren Kennedy, Maharanee showed a smart turn of foot when pulling away in the closing stages of Saturday’s Kiddies Entertainment 2 April Juvenile (Fillies) (1160m), and going away to win impressively by two and a half lengths.

Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, Maharanee is out of the Tiger Ridge mare Indira.

The filly, who picked up a BSA added bonus for her win on Saturday, was an R80 000 buy from the 2021 August Two Year Old Sale.

Maharanee is the second two-year-old winner for Flower Alley this season, with the former G1 Travers Stakes’ other two-year-old runners this season including Listed Storm Bird Stakes runner up Arividicio.

Flower Alley has had another good season in 2021-2022 with his recent flagbearers including the graded stakes winners Bold Fortune, Firealley and Princess Calla as well as recent G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic third Perfect Witness.

The son of Distorted Humor has 11 lots on offer at this year’s National Yearling Sale, including a half-brother (Lot 184) to the graded stakes winners Priceless Jewel and Royal Badge, a colt (Lot 279) out of G3 Acacia Handicap winner Amur Affair, and a half-sister (Lot 393) to G2 Durban Golden Horseshoe winner Waterberry Lane.