Oaks success for Flower Alley

Wilgerbosdrift’s inform sire Flower Alley has had another fine season in 2022-2023, and the former G1 Travers Stakes winner struck yet again when his Wilgerbosdrift bred and owned daughter None Other won Saturday’s G2 Wilgerbosdrift Bridget Oppenheimer Oaks (2450m) at Turffontein.

Third in the G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic last time out, the Lucky Houdalakis trained None Other showed her appreciation of a step up in trip with a smart performance.

Under Richard Fourie (winning the SA Oaks for a second year in a row), three-year-old None Other struck the front 200m from home and powered home to score by two and three-quarters of a length.

Out of the Dynasty mare One Of A Kind, None Other has now won four of 12 starts and has earned R925 750.
None Other was one of three runners in the 2023 G2 Wilgerbosdrift Bridget Oppenheimer Oaks sired by Flower Alley.

She is the first SA Oaks winner for Flower Alley, whose daughter Pomander finished second in the 2020 SA Oaks.

Flower Alley went close this season to landing all three legs of the Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara with his Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred daughter Feather Boa having finished a close up second in both the G2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas and G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic.

His other current flagbearers include brilliant recent G2 Senor Santa Stakes winner Princess Calla (winner of the 2022 G1 HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes) and G3 Acacia Stakes queen Clafoutis.

Currently above the likes of Dynasty, Rafeef and The United States on the General Sires List this season, Flower Alley has five lots on offer at the 2023 National Yearling Sale.