Thursday double for Flower Alley

Wilgerbosdrift’s highly successful sire Flower Alley made it four South African winners in the past four days when the G1 winning son of Distorted Humor supplied a pair of winners at the Vaal Classic track on Thursday.

Flower Alley colt Otto Luyken showed great courage when he won Thursday’s Racing 240 For Racing. For You Maiden Plate over 1800 metres. The three-year-old was given a fine ride by Ryan Munger who managed to coax more out of Otto Luyken to get up and win by a head. Trained by Tyrone Zackey (who also trains Flower Alley’s impressive recent winner Libeccio), Otto Luyken was making just his third start on Thursday with the Flower Alley colt having fininshed fourth on debut before finishing third last time out.

Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, Otto Luyken is out of the Ideal World mare Laurel Cherry.

Flower Alley’s second success on Thursday came when his Johan Janse Van Vuuren trained son Chyavana captured the seventh race on the card, the TAB Telebet 0861 000 822 MR 80 Handicap over 1200 metres. Under Keagan De Melo, the Maine Chance Farms bred four-year-old flew home to get up and win going away by a neck.

Out of the Querari mare Cosmic Light, Chyavana has now won three times from just eight starts.

Sire of more than 30 stakes winners including US champion and Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another, Flower Alley looks poised to have a good day at Turffontein this Saturday.
His classy daughter Feather Boa looks a leading contender for Saturday’s G3 HSH Princess Charlene Starling Stakes, while Flower Alley is set to be represented by no fewer than four runners in the same day’s G3 4Racing Yellowwood Handicap.