Grade 1 win for Alley brother
Spielberg, a half brother to Wilgerbosdrift’s exciting new stallion Flower Alley, picked up the first Grade 1 win of his career when landing Sunday’s Tenno Sho in Tokyo.
A son of champion sire Deep Impact, Spielberg accounted for Japanese champion, and dual Japan Cup heroine, Gentildonna by three parts of a length. In doing so, the 5yo entire took his record to six wins from just 13 outings and stamped himself as a valuable future stud prospect.
He shares his dam Princess Olivia, not only with the brilliant Flower Alley, but also with fellow Japanese Grade 1 winner, Tosen Ra (also by Deep Impact). The latter won the Grade 1 Mile Championship and, ironically, also finished second in the Tenno Sho.
A daughter of Middle Park Stakes winner Lycius, Princess Olivia thus joins a band of select broodmares who have produced three Grade 1 winners, following Sunday’s race.
Flower Alley, a Grade 1 Travers Stakes winning son of champion sire Distorted Humor, is not only a proven sire (his progeny include the Kentucky Derby winning champion I’ll Have Another), but he hails from a truly superb female line.
Princess Olivia’s third dam is Dumfries, a daughter of Reviewer, whose descendants also include the Grade 1 winners Another Review (Californian Stakes), No Review (Santa Barbara Hcp) and Urbane (Ashland Stakes),
Flower Alley’s fifth dam is Ladies Handicap winner Goofed, whose offspring include Champion Sire and Broodmare sire Lyphard (whose sire sons included the hugely successful South African sire Elliodor). Interestingly enough, Princess Olivia is inbred to Goofed, as Lyphard himself is the broodmare sire of Lycius, her own sire.
A fee is yet to be announced for Flower Alley, who will stand his first season in South Africa in 2015.