Wayward Prince: a descendant of Cambridgeshire winner SilicianaPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Alflora purple patch continues in Towton
LAST season's Sefton Novice Hurdle winner Wayward Prince continued his progress through the novice chase ranks with a workmanlike win in Saturday's Grade 2 Totsepost.com Towton Novices' Chase.
The Ian Williams-trained seven-year-old gelding raced prominently and took up the running four out, and held off a challenge from Cape Tribulation (by Kayf Tara) by two lengths on the line.
Ian Williams trains Wayward PrincePICTURE: Edward Whitaker
The victory is the highlight of a productive February for his sire Alflora, a 22-year-old son of Niniski based at Shade Oak Stud in Shropshire.
From 20 runners in Britain and Ireland this month Alflora has been represented by three winners, two runners-up (including Alfie Spinner in Saturday's Grade 3 totescoop6 Heroes Handicap Hurdle) and three third-placed horses.
Alflora's flagbearers over jumps are Grade 1 winners Central House, Hand Inn Hand and What A Friend. His best jumper on Racing Post Ratings is ill-fated Racing Post Chase winner Farmer Jack, and he has some useful prospects including Wishfull Thinking and unbeaten Aegean Dawn.
Wayward Prince was bred by Martin Kilroe out of the Robellino mare Bellino Spirit, a 2m5f chase winner and half-sister to Triumph Hurdle sixth Scarlet Pimpernel, alsoa granddaughter of Cambridgeshire winner Siliciana.
He was bought by Williams' assistant trainer Kevin Frost for £80,000 at the Brightwells Cheltenham sale in April 2009.