South African double for Flower Alley

Wilgerbosdrift’s inform stallion Flower Alley has made a cracking start to the 2021-2022 season, and the former G1 Travers Stakes winner came up with two more winners on Saturday.

His son Firealley caught the eye when making much of the running to win at Durbanville on Saturday, with Flower Alley mare Fire Flower winning in similar style at Turffontein on the same day.

Bred by the Drakenstein Stud, four-year-old Firealley went out to make the running in Saturday’s Progress Plate (1600m) at Durbanville.
Under a positive ride from Greg Cheyne, the Candice Bass-Robinson trained gelding skipped clear at the top of the straight and kept going to score by two lengths, defeating G3 Politician Stakes runner up Legitimate in the process.

Runner up in last season’s G3 World Sports Betting Variety Club Mile (where he beat his talented stablemate Marina by half a length), the gelded Firealley was winning for a second time on Saturday.

Out of the Galileo mare Fire Spinner, Firealley was a R275 000 buy from the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

Flower Alley’s second success in South Africa on Saturday came when his Mike de Kock trained daughter Fire Flower won at Turffontein.
Under Kabelo Matsunyane, the Flower Alley mare went out to make much of the running in the Play Soccer 6,10 And 13 FM75 Handicap (F&M) (1800m).

Fire Flower kept rolling in front, as Matsunyane kept his mount going to hold off a late charge from her promising stablemate Lilliana by half a length.
Bred and owned by Lady O’Reilly, Fire Flower has now won or placed in 17 of her 24 starts.

Her G1 winning sire Flower Alley has been in good of form of late, and currently ranks above the likes of Var, Trippi, and Dynasty on the South African General Sires List.