Prix Du Cap joy for Flower Alley

Wilgerbosdrift’s resident stallion Flower Alley made headlines at Kenilworth on Saturday when his top-class daughter Princess Calla ran out a commanding winner of the G3 Prix Du Cap over 1400 metres.

Trained by Adam Marcus, four-year-old Princess Calla had finished third in the G1 Majorca Stakes last time out, when beaten just over a length by the brilliant Captain’s Ransom, and the Flower Alley daughter was sent off a prohibitive favourite for Saturday’s Prix Du Cap.

Under Anton Marcus, Princess Calla was quickly away and went out to make the running. From there, the classy filly never really looked threatened, with Princess Calla pulling clear in the closing stages to score by an emphatic three lengths.

Bred by Maine Chance Farms, Princess Calla is out of the Captain Al mare Princess Royal.

Saturday’s win took her tally of wins to four, from 14 starts, with Princess Calla’s previous wins including the 2020 G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship and 2021 G2 Umzimkhulu Stakes. She has also been second or third in no fewer than five G1 races.

A R600 000 purchase from the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, Princess Calla’s latest win took her earnings to just shy of R1 000 000.

She is one of a growing number of top-class fillies sired by Flower Alley, who is also responsible for this season’s G2 WSB Ipi Tombe Challenge/G3 Yellowwood Handicap winner Bold Fortune, and Flower Alley has two daughters entered in next weekend’s G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic.