Wilgerbosdrift’s well established sire Flower Alley was responsible for a sixth winner from his first South African crop when his two-year-old daughter Pomander shed her maiden emphatically at Turffontein on Saturday afternoon.
Trained by Mike de Kock, Pomander caught the eye when romping home to post a 4.5 length maiden, under Luke Ferraris, over 2000 metres and she looks capable of building on this smart win.
The two-year-old, who shed her maiden in open company, had finished fourth over 1600m at her previous start.
Out of the Black Minnaloushe mare Pure Spice, Pomander (whose full-sister comes up for sale at the 2019 National 2YO Sale) was bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzontein.
The filly joins Keep Smiling (an entrant in the G1 Thekwini Stakes), Rille, Smiley Kylie, Parterre and the unbeaten Alibi Guy (a smart winner of both his starts) as South African first crop winners for Flower Alley this season.
Parterre holds an entry in the Listed Champion Juvenile Cup (as does another Flower Alley son Parhelio Alley), while Alibi Guy has been entered for the G1 Premiers Champion Stakes at the end of the month.
The sire of 40 stakes horses the world over (including Kentucky Derby winning champion I’ll Have Another), Flower Alley has 21 lots on the National 2YO Sale, including a filly (Lot 56) out of G1 SA Fillies Classic winner Athina, and a colt (Lot 132) out of G1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship winner Geepee S.