Kenilworth Cup success for Flower Alley

Wilgerbosdrift’s G1 Travers Stakes winning stallion Flower Alley had a notable payday at Kenilworth on Saturday, when his courageous son Bayberry won the Listed Kenilworth Cup in gallant fashion.

Four-year-old Bayberry received a well judged ride from Richard Fourie in Saturday’s Kenilworth Cup, with Fourie keeping his Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred gelding in contention from the start.

Fourie kept Bayberry going in the closing stages, and the pair dug down deep to hold off a flying late challenge from stablemate, and tote favourite, Silver Sky and win by a hard fought head. It was another length and three quarters away to third place finisher Troop The Colour.

Now a dual winner from 12 starts, Bayberry, who conceded the runner up 4kgs, picked up his first stakes win in a time of 213.05 seconds.

A R1 000 000 buy from the 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, Bayberry, runner up in last season’s G3 Pocket Power Stakes, is the 26th stakes winner for the Wilgerbosdrift based G1 Travers Stakes winner Flower Alley.

The latter, whose progeny have already amassed more than $42 000 000 in prize money, has more than made his mark in South Africa with his early crops thus far.

Flower Alley’s first local crop include eight black type horses, including the likes of Bayberry, Fayrooz and Marygold, while his second crop is headed by G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship winner Princess Calla, the smart Reunion, and Kudex Perfect Promise Sprint runner up Lemon Delight.

The son of champion sire Distorted Humor has nine lots on Sunday’s Cape Yearling Sale, and two lots on March’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.