Flower Alley filly wins on debut

Wilgerbosdrift’s highly successful resident sire Flower Alley had an eye catching debut winner on Friday this week when his two-year-old daughter Santa Therese made a winning introduction to racing at Fairview.

Trained by Alan Greeff, the Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred Santa Therese defied greeness, by powering clear in the final stages, before going on to win by four and a quarter lengths under jockey Teaque Gould.

Out of the Tiger Ridge mare Santa Clarita, Santa Therese was a R160 000 buy from the 2019 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

Her G1 Travers Stakes winning sire Flower Alley has made a pleasing start to his South African stud career, with the son of Distorted Humor’s first crop headed by Ormond Ferraris Oaks Trial winner Fayrooz, G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic runner up Marygold, and G2 SA Oaks runner up Pomander.

Flower Alley, who himself is from the same family as champion sire Lyphard, also has some smart two-year-olds to his name this season including Listed Kudex Perfect Promise Sprint runner up Lemon Delight.

The chestnut has 16 lots on offer at this year’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.