Flower Alley granddaughter stars in Japan

Wilgerbosdrift’s highly successful sire Flower Alley, whose first South African yearlings go on sale in 2018, is the broodmare sire of the top Japanese 2yo filly of 2017.

Lucky Lilac, who was produced by Flower Alley’s G1 Ashland Stakes winning daughter Lilacs And Lace, made it three wins from as many outings when she won Sunday’s G1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies in Japan this weekend. She circled leaders in the stretch run before grabbing the lead to score a three parts of a length G1 win.

The Mikio Matsunaga trained two-year-old had previously won the G3 Artemis Stakes ,and Lucky Lilac looks likely to crowned Japan’s Champion 2YO Filly following her impressive first G1 score.

In the process, she provided her sire Orfevre with his first G1 success as a stallion.

Flower Alley, also broodmare sire of recent G3 Tempted Stakes winner Daisy (a potential US classic contender for 2018), has enjoyed another tremendous season on the track with his son Bullards Alley sweeping to a record breaking 10.75 length win in the 2017 G1 Pattison Canadian International Stakes.

The only sire at stud in South Africa with a Kentucky Derby winner to his credit, Flower Alley will be represented by six lots at January’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.