Oaks Trial success for Flower Alley

Wilgerbosdrift’s G1 winning sire Flower Alley came up with his 23rd individual stakes winner when his progressive 3yo daughter Fayrooz (a member of her sire’s first South African crop) claimed the Listed Ormond Ferraris Oaks Trial (2000m) at Turffontein on Saturday.

One of two Flower Alley fillies in the R150 000 Oaks Trial, the Mike De Kock trained Fayrooz pulled well clear in the closing stages of Saturday’s race to score an impressive five length win under jockey Marco Van Rensburg.

The Rosedene Stud bred Fayrooz, her sire’s first South African stakes winner, has now won two of just four starts and she looks another exciting prospect for Flower Alley.

Out of the Fort Wood mare Diamond Game, Fayrooz was a R140 000 buy from the 2018 CTS Ready To Run Sale.

Her G1 Travers Stakes winning sire Flower Alley has made a bright start to his South African stud career, with his first local crop including the unbeaten Alibi Guy, recent G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic runner up Marygold, G3 The Citizen Fillies Mile second Keep Smiling, and the progressive pair of Azores and Parterre.

Flower Alley, whose 40 plus stakes horses include Kentucky Derby winning champion I’ll Have Another, has 18 lots on this year’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, including a half-sister (Lot 168) to July winning champion Marinaresco, a half-brother (Lot 353) to recent Lady’s Pendant winner Elusive Heart, and a half-sister to G1 SA Fillies Classic winner Athina.