Just a week earlier, Mary Slack was thrilled to have had a daughter of Wilgerbosdrift’s Gr1 winning sire Flower Alley chasing Summer Pudding home in the SA Fillies Classic.
On Saturday Flower Alley produced his 23rd individual stakes winner when another of his progressive 3yo daughters, Fayrooz, won the R150 000 Listed Ormond Ferraris Oaks Trial (2000m) at Turffontein on Saturday.
Beautifully ridden by Marco van Rensburg, who was sadly to go on and fracture his clavicle in a fall later, the Mike De Kock-trained Fayrooz (13-1) pulled well clear in the closing stages, producing a powerful run up the outside.
She produced a post-maiden cracker when storming home to beat Smoking Hot (18-1) by 5 lengths in a time of 128,57 secs.
Irish Dame (22-1) was a further 2,25 lengths back in a strung-out finish.
The Rosedene Stud bred Fayrooz, her sire’s first South African stakes winner, has now won two of four starts and took her stakes bank to R150 300.
Out of the Fort Wood mare Diamond Game, Fayrooz was a R140 000 buy from the 2018 CTS Ready To Run Sale.
Her Gr1 Travers Stakes winning sire Flower Alley has made a bright start to his South African stud career, with his first local crop including the unbeaten Alibi Guy, recent Gr1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic runner up Marygold, Gr3 The Citizen Fillies Mile second Keep Smiling, and the progressive pair of Azores and Parterre.
Flower Alley, whose 40 plus stakes horses include Kentucky Derby winning champion I’ll Have Another, has 18 lots on this year’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, including a half-sister (#168) to July winning champion Marinaresco, a half-brother (# 353) to recent Lady’s Pendant winner Elusive Heart, and a half-sister to Gr1 SA Fillies Classic winner Athina.