Garden Province Stakes joy for Flower Alley

Wilgerbosdrift’s inform stallion Flower Alley enjoyed yet more feature race success this weekend when his outstanding daughter Princess Calla won the G1 Ridgemont Garden Province Stakes, which was run at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday.

In the process, the five-year-old claimed the third G1 victory of her career, with Princess Calla having previously triumphed in the 2022 G1 HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes and this year’s G1 South African Fillies Sprint.

Under Richard Fourie, Princess Calla powered into the lead someway out and kept going strongly to win Saturday’s R1.25 million contest by just over a length and three-quarters. Another daughter of Flower Alley, consistent three-year-old Feather Boa, finished fourth to her paternal half-sister in Saturday’s Garden Province Stakes.
One of three graded stakes winners on the day for her trainer Sean Tarry, Princess Calla is likely to stay in training as a six-year-old next season.

Princess Calla, who was bred by Maine Chance Farms, has now won ten of 22 starts for earnings of R3 803 475.

Out of the Captain Al mare Princess Royal, Princess Calla’s tally of wins include nine graded stakes, with the five-year-old having won all of the G1 Ridgemont Garden Province Stakes, G1 South African Fillies Sprint, G2 Senor Santa Stakes, G2 Cartier Sceptre Stakes and G2 Southern Cross Stakes this season.

She is one of six stakes winners representing Flower Alley in South Africa this season, with others including G2 Wilgerbosdrift Bridget Oppenheimer Oaks/G2 Track And Ball Oaks queen None Other, G2 WSB Gerald Rosenberg Stakes heroine Gilded Butterfly and G3 Acacia Stakes victress Clafoutis.

At the time of writing, Flower Alley runners had earned over R10.4 million in South Africa this season, and he currently ranks above the likes of Silvano, Dynasty and Rafeef on the South African General Sires List.