Wilgerbosdrift’s two exciting resident stallions, Flower Alley and Soft Falling Rain, will both be represented by members of their first local crop at this Sunday’s Cape Yearling Sale, which takes place at the Mistico Equestrian Centre near Paarl.
Distorted Humor son Flower Alley was an exceptional racehorse, whose five wins included the G1 Travers Stakes, G2 Jim Dandy Stakes, and G2 Lane’s End Stakes.
Flower Alley, whose relatives include the influential champion sire Lyphard, has also proven very successful at stud. The only sire ever to stand at stud in South Africa with a Kentucky Derby winner to his credit, Flower Alley is responsible for the G1 winners I’ll Have Another, Lilacs And Lace, Lukes Alley and Bullards Alley. Also a very promising broodmare sire, Flower Alley is also damsire of Japanese champion Lucky Lilac.
Flower Alley, whose offspring have earned over $33 000 000, has two members of his first South African crop on offer at the 2018 Cape Sale:
Lot 44- this filly is out of a half-sister to five winners and her second dam is G1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Emerald Beauty, this is the famed “E” family
Lot 85 –this filly, whose winning siblings include feature race contender Meissa, is from the same family as Met winner Arctic Cove, and champions Flobayou and Ethereal Lady
Former Equus Champion 2YO Soft Falling Rain was an outstanding racehorse who won major group/graded races in three different countries. An unbeaten G1 winner at two, the former champion made history when he became the first 3yo in history to land Dubai’s prestigious G2 Godolphin Mile.
Soft Falling Rain, whose first yearlings have already made up to R1.4 million, has three lots on sale:
Lot 7 –a half brother to a five time winner, this colt is out of a half-sister to G2 performer Sky Marshal, from the same family as promising 3yo Noble Secret and G1 winning sprinter Noble Heir (dam of high class Australian filly Crown Witness)
Lot 76 –this colt is out of a winning half-sister to a stakes placed 2yo, and his dam is a sister in blood to exported SA Guineas winner Heir Apparent and to G3 winner Quickwood-dam of G1 Majorca Stakes winner Nightingale
Lot 79 –a half-brother to 3 winners, one of whom won 7, this colt is out of a three time winning daughter of champion sire Western Winter