Wilgerbosdrift’s consistently successful sire Flower Alley was responsible for a pair of winners at Turffontein on Tuesday afternoon.
The strapping chestnut only had four runners at Turffontein, with his son Mondial and daughter A Place In The Sun winning races five and six respectively, and his promising daughter Sweet Basil, making just her third career start, finishing third in the sixth race on the card.
Promising three-year-old Mondial made it two wins from just four starts when he won Tuesday’s Take A Bet Wina Numba Numba Middle Stakes (1600m) convincingly. Under Muzi Yeni, the Michael and Adam Azzie trained colt stayed on smartly to score by three-parts of a length, and Mondial looks a progressive sort in the making.
Only once out of the first two thus far, Mondial was bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein.
The colt, who is out of the Tiger Ridge sired G3 Acacia Handicap winner Amur Affair, was a R120 000 buy from the 2022 National Yearling Sale.
Flower Alley fillies A Place In The Sun and Sweet Basil dominated the finish when they ran 1-3 in Tuesday’s Free Kiddies Entertainment 09 December FM 78 Handicap over 1600 metres. The Brett Crawford trained A Place In The Sun powered home, under Kabelo Matsunyane, to score by a length, with her paternal half-sister Sweet Basil a short head further away in third.
Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, four-year-old A Place In The Sun had finished in the first four in each of her three races prior to Tuesday’s win.
Now a two time winner, A Place In The Sun is out of the Captain Al mare Sun Sentinel and is bred on the same cross as champion Princess Calla.
Sire of South Africa’s reigning Horse Of The Year Princess Calla as well as former Kentucky Derby winning champion I’ll Have Another, Flower Alley is enjoying another good season in 2023-2024. His flagbearers this season include G2 Betway Joburg Spring F and M Challenge winner Feather Boa (who has earned more than R1.5 million in stakes), and Listed Betway Insurance Jockey Club Stakes winner Flower Of Saigon.