US success for Flower Alley

Wilgerbosdrift’s resident stallion Flower Alley has been in great form with his South African runners this year, and the son of Distorted Humor struck again on Wednesday, this time in North America, when his veteran daughter Beach Flower captured the Minnesota H.B.P.A Distaff Stakes at Canterbury.
Under Roimes Chirinos, the durable nine-year-old ran on strongly to land Wednesday’s one mile dirt contest by a length and a quarter.

Beach Flower, who is trained by McLean Robertson, has now won 12 times (her previous wins include the Minnesota H.B.P.A Distaff Stakes in both 2017 and 2019), for earnings of over $560 000.

She is one of a growing number of Flower Alley daughters to make their mark, both on the track and at stud, with other high-class Flower Alley fillies or mares including G1 Ashland Stakes winner Lilacs And Lace (also dam of Japanese star Lucky Lilac), this season’s G1 HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes winner Princess Calla, dual graded stakes winner Bold Fortune and unbeaten two-year-old filly Maharanee.

Flower Alley also ranks as broodmare sire of this season’s high-class US three-year-olds Cyberknife and My Prankster -winners of the G1 Arkansas Derby and G3 Swale Stakes respectively.