Flower Alley daughter stars at Fasig-Tipton


Wilgerbosdrift’s Travers Stakes winning stallion Flower Alley has been in fine form of late, with Flower Alley runners winning good races in South Africa at a rate of knots this season.

The high-class son of Distorted Humor was back in the headlines on Sunday, when his daughter Awesome Flower was knocked down for $1.6 million at Fasig-Tipton’s The November Sale.

Carrying a full sibling to multiple G1 winner Cyberknife (by Gun Runner) , multiple stakes winner Awesome Flower was secured by Stonestreet’s Barbara Banke for $1.6 million on Sunday.

Bloodstock agent John Moynihan carried out the bidding for Banke and said of the mare,”She’s a grade 1 producer of one of the best racehorses we’ve seen this year. The horse ran a tremendous race in the Breeders’ Cup Mile as a 3-year-old. The mare kind of fits our program.”

Awesome Flower, who earned over $500 000 in prize money, won 11 of her 33 starts with her wins including five listed victories.

Her three-year-old son Cyberknife went close to landing a Breeders’ Cup race on Saturday when the colt finished second, beaten a head, in Saturday’s G1 Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Cyberknife had previously stamped himself as one of the best three-year-olds in North America in 2022 when he won both the G1 Arkansas Derby and G1 TVG.com Haskell Stakes.

Flower Alley, whose son Fostinovo caught the eye when breaking his maiden at Turffontein on Sunday, is having another fine season in South Africa in 2022-2023, and is currently sixth on the South African General Sires List, above the likes of Silvano, Trippi and Rafeef.

The sire of Kentucky Derby winning champion I’ll Have Another has five lots on offer at this month’s November Two Year Old Sale.