Japanese boost for Flower Alley

Wilgerbosdrift’s G1 winning resident stallion Flower Alley gained a further boost to his stellar female line when his close relative Rambling Alley captured the G3 Laurel R C Sho Nakayama Himba Stakes at Nakayama on Saturday.

A five-year-old daughter of Deep Impact, Rambling Alley dug down deep to post a nose win in Saturday’s race, a handicap for fillies and mares over 1800m.

Rambling Alley, whose previous wins included both the Cassiopiea Stakes and Tarumi Stakes of 2000, is out of the G2 placed Blooming Alley -a Symboli Kris S half-sister to both Travers Stakes winning sire Flower Alley and Japanese G1 winning sires Tosen Ra and Spielberg (both of whom, like Rambling Alley, were sired by Deep Impact).

Further back, this is the family of dual G1 winner, and multiple champion sire, Lyphard.

Flower Alley, whose progeny include more than 50 black type horses notably Kentucky Derby winning champion I’ll Have Another, has 12 lots on offer at the 2021 National Sale, including a half-sister (Lot 180) to G3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery winner Wheredowego, a half-brother (Lot 210) to dual G1 winning champion French Navy, and a colt (Lot 220) out of G2 The Debutante winner Rosier.