Wilgerbosdrift’s exciting sire Flower Alley continues to make his mark with runners from his first South African crop, and the chestnut son of Distorted Humor was back in the news when Flower Alley runners scored at both Durbanville and Hollywoodbets Greyville this weekend.
Flower Alley’s regally bred son Azores caught the eye when storming home to shed his maiden over 1600m at Durbanville on Saturday.
Trained by Dean Kannemeyer, and ridden to victory by Stuart Randolph, the grey colt relished the step up to a mile, and stayed on nicely to record a half length victory.
Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, Azores, who was making just his third career start, had been fourth over 1400m at his previous start.
He was one of only two runners at Durbanville for Flower Alley this Saturday, with the sire’s daughter How And Why flashing up late to finish third in the third race on the card.
Dean Kannemeyer is also the trainer of Dutch Alley, who broke his maiden in game fashion when victorious at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Sunday.
Also ridden by Stuart Randolph, the Narrow Creek Stud bred gelding stayed on strongly to withstand a challenge from runner up Self Mastery and break his maiden by a neck over 1700m (another son of Flower Alley, Arnica Montana, ran third to Dutch Alley).
The sire of more than 40 stakes horses (including Kentucky Derby winning champion I’ll Have Another), Flower Alley is now responsible for 13 first crop winners in South Africa, with this tally including the unbeaten Alibi Guy.
A half-brother to G1 winners Tosen Ra and Spielberg, Flower Alley has four lots on offer at the 2019 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, including a half-brother (Lot 36) to the graded stakes winners Platinum Class and Our Emperor.