Wilgerbosdrift’s exciting young sire Flower Alley certainly had a fine weekend, with his offspring winning races all over America and a relative landing the prestigious G1 Test Stakes at Saratoga.
Flower Alley’s five-year-old daughter Flower Lady picked up the first black type win of her career when she landed Saturday’s Louisiana Cup Distaff Stakes. Now a five time winner, Flower Lady is out of the Summer Squall mare Weepnomoremylady.
The impeccably bred Flower Alley (by champion sire Distorted Humor from the same family as the breed shaping stallion Lyphard) had yet another Grade One update to his blue blooded pedigree when talented filly Cavorting lifted the G1 Longines Test Stakes on Saturday. The Kiaran McLaughlin trained Cavorting produced a furious late rattle to win the Test by two and a half lengths from Bar Of Gold, with former Eclipse Champion Take Charge Brandi amongst those further back.
Now a winner of four of her six outings, Cavorting had won the Jersey Girl Stakes last time out, and had lifted the G2 Adirondack Stakes as a two-year-old last year. Saturday’s victory pushed Cavorting’s earnings to over US $600 000.
A daughter of Bernardini, Cavorting traces back in female line to Dumfries, who is herself the fourth dam of Flower Alley.
Flower Alley, a past winner of the G1 Travers Stakes and sire of G1 Kentucky Derby winning champion I’ll Have Another, is set to cover an exceptional first book of mares in South Africa this season.
His first local mares will include the likes of Athina (G1 SA Fillies Classic), Gorongosa (G2 Gold Bowl winning daughter of the great Montjeu), Ilha Bela (SA Oaks winner whose dam is former Horse Of The Year Ilha Da Vitoria), and the proven producers Seeking The Wind (dam of G1 J&B Met winner Martial Eagle) and Serra Negra (dam of G1 Cape Guineas winner and promising sire Noordhoek Flyer).
Flower Alley’s sire Distorted Humor is also the sire of Pathfork, whose first crop have made such a positive impression in South Africa’s various sales rings. Pathfork sired offspring topped both the Klawervlei Farm Sale and Saturday’s CTS August 2YO Sale.