Spring Challenge success for Flower Alley

Wilgerbosdrift’s G1 Travers Stakes winning sire Flower Alley has sired some outstanding fillies, and another daughter of the Distorted Humor son came to the fore when Flower Alley filly Feather Boa ran out a ready winner of the G2 Betway Joburg Spring F and M Challenge (1450m) at Turffontein on Saturday.

Second or third previously in five graded races, the Stuart Pettigrew trained Feather Boa picked up the first graded win of her career when she won Saturday’s G2 R450 000 feature. Under a superb ride from Gavin Lerena, the four-year-old swept into the lead close home, before staying on strongly to land the 2023 Betway Joburg Spring F and M Challenge cosily by a length.

In the process, Feather Boa accounted for seven graded stakes winners, including the Flower Alley sired dual Oaks winner None Other.

Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, Feather Boa has now won four of 15 starts for earnings of R1 546 250.

Feather Boa, runner up in both the G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic and G1 HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes last season, is out of the Silvano mare Osprey.
The filly was a R200 000 buy from the 2021 August Two Year Old Sale.

Feather Boa is one of nearly 40 stakes winners sired by Flower Alley, whose outstanding daughter Princess Calla was crowned South Africa’s Horse Of The Year for the 2022-2023 season.

Also sire of such G1 winners as I’ll Have Another, Lilacs And Lace, Lukes Alley and Bullards Alley, Flower Alley has a single lot on offer at the 2023 November Two Year Old Sale.