Emirates Park-owned shuttle sire Dream Ahead (USA) further enhanced his profile in the northern hemisphere when supplying three new stakes winners in Germany, Italy and France in the space of three days.
Trained at Middleham in England by Mark Johnston, Peach Melba recorded the fifth win of her highly consistent career by landing the Listed Grosser Preis des Gestut Haus Zoppenbroich (1600m) at Hannover. Having her 14th outing this season (after commencing her racing career in May this year), Peach Melba has won or placed at all but one of her starts, supplementing her handful of victories with a further seven placings.
On the same day as Peach Melba’s black-type success in Germany, Gold Tail also posted the fifth win of his career when taking out the Listed Premio Divino Amore (1000m) at Capannelle in Italy. The precocious juvenile son of Dream Ahead has only once been beaten in six starts this season and became the fourteenth individual stakes winner of his sire’s flourishing stud career.
Stakes winner No. 15 arrived just a few days later when Sweety Dream won the Group 3 Maisons-Laffitte Prix Miesque (1400m) in France. A 2-year-old daughter of Dream Ahead, the third-crop filly has now won two of her three outings this season and is most notably a maternal grand-daughter of world established Australian stallion Exceed And Excel.
Peach Melba's trainer Mark Johnston has been a notable supporter of Dream Ahead since the stallion’s progeny first began competing in 2015 and boasts a proud record with the breed. In fact, his stable has a 100 per cent winning strike-rate with the stallion’s offspring — all of which he says “have measured up to expectations”.
As Johnston confirmed within 24 hours of Peach Melba’s maiden stakes victory: “From memory, I have only trained five Dream Aheads of racing age: Haley Bop, Love Dreams, Peach Melba, Book of Dreams and Dream Today. All are winners (13 wins, to date, between them), four of the five rated over 90 at peak, and two of the five rated 100 or more at peak (maybe three when Peach Melba is re-rated next week).”
Johnston added: “All were very good value as yearlings and it is, therefore, little wonder that I am a big fan now.”
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