Wilgerbosdrift’s world class young stallion Flower Alley was in the headlines over the past few days, with his influence being felt on both the racetrack –and in the sales ring.
His champion son Lukes Alley made an impressive winning return to the track, when he won an allowance race over 1700m at Woodbine on Saturday.
Last season’s Canadian Champion Older Male simply sauntered away from his opponents to win by two and three quarter lengths as the odds on favourite.
Among Lukes Alley’s beaten rivals were Midnight Aria –a former winner of Canada’s greatest race, the Queen’s Plate.
To date, Lukes Alley, who has now reeled off four wins on the bounce, has won seven of his ten outings, with his wins including the G2 Durham Cup and G3 Autumn Stakes. He looks more than capable of picking more feature races judging by the ease of Saturday’s win.
Flower Alley’s top class daughter Bouquet Booth, who earned over $500 000 on the track, made her presence felt during the first session of Keeneland’s September Sale on Monday.
The former G3 Delta Princess Stakes winner is the dam of a yearling colt by champion sire Tapit who was knocked down to R W Investments for $600 000.
The Tapit colt was the first foal for his dam, who has certainly made a bright start to her broodmare career.
Flower Alley, whose other notable progeny include champion and G1 Kentucky Derby hero I’ll Have Another, is set to cover an exceptional book of mares in his first South African season. Among his first mates in this country include the likes of high class race mares Athina (G1 SA Fillies Classic), Berry Blaze (2nd G2 KRA Fillies Guineas, 3rd G1 SA Fillies Classic), Express Queen (G3 Umzimkhulu Stakes), Gorongosa (G2 Gold Bowl), Ilha Bela (G2 SA Oaks), Loupe (Swallow Stakes), Milk And Honey (G3 Acacia Handicap), Red Dor (G2 Tibouchina Stakes) and Velvet Green (G1 Garden Province Stakes).