Gerald Rosenberg Stakes success for Flower Alley

Wilgerbosdrift’s inform stallion Flower Alley had another good day at Turffontein on Saturday. Not only did daughters of the former G1 Travers Stakes winner finish first and fourth in Saturday’s G2 World Sports Betting Gerald Rosenberg Stakes, another daughter finished a close up second in the same day’s G2 WSB SA Fillies Nursery.

Flower Alley four-year-old Gilded Butterfly turned Saturday’s Gerald Rosenberg Stakes into a one horse race, with that Stuart Pettigrew trained filly romping home to land the G2 contest by four and a half lengths.

Under Keagan De Melo, the Maine Chance Farms bred filly was given her head 200m from home, and, from there, Gilded Butterfly turned the race into a procession, running out to thump G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic heroine Bless My Stars by nearly five lengths.

Another graded stakes winning daughter of Flower Alley, Bold Fortune, finished fourth in the G2 Gerald Rosenberg Stakes.

It was a second graded win for the four-year-old, with Gilded Butterfly having also claimed the G3 4Racing Yellowwood Handicap earlier this season.
Out of the Silvano mare Gallica Rose, Gilded Butterfly has now won six of 17 starts with the classy filly having already earned R642 625 in prize money.

Flower Alley is also the sire of promising two-year-old Red Hot Rose, who caught the eye when finishing second, beaten a neck, in Saturday’s G2 World Sports Betting SA Fillies Nursery. Trained by Mike de Kock, Red Hot Rose had broken her maiden last time out when she won over 1160m at Turffontein and she looks a progressive filly with a bright future ahead of her.

Another daughter of the inform Flower Alley, the brilliant Princess Calla, went close to providing her sire with yet more feature race success when she finished a creditable third in Saturday’s G1 Jonsson Workwear Computaform Sprint.
Flower Alley, who is also responsible for Kentucky Derby winning champion I’ll Have Another, is having a fine season this year with the son of Distorted Humor’s other flagbearers including G3 Acacia Handicap queen Clafoutis.