Flower Alley son impresses in Canada

Wilgerbosdrift’s exciting resident sire Flower Alley went close to having a fifth G1 winner this weekend, when his classy son Nessy finished second in the G1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday.

The six-year-old Nessy put up a bold showing when finishing 2.5 lengths off the 2019 G1 Dubai Sheema Classic winner Old Persian in Saturday’s Northern Dancer Turf Stakes, and took his earnings to over $440 000 in the process.

Nessy (whose previous notable efforts included a win in the 2018 G3 San Juan Capistrano Stakes) had been third in the G3 Louisville Stakes earlier this year.

Nessy is a full-brother to short-lived Bullards Alley –a 10.75 length winner of the 2017 G1 Pattison Canadian International, as well as to G2 Sky Classic Stakes winner Karibu Gardens.

The gelding is one of 41 stakes horses sired by former G1 Travers Stakes winner Flower Alley, whose early first crop South African winners last season included the unbeaten pair of Alibi Guy and Rille.

To date Flower Alley’s progeny (who also include the Kentucky Derby winning champion I’ll Have Another) have earned in excess of $39 000 000.