Peach Melba, the headline horse from this years’ EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series, has been retired to commence her stud career at Mickley Stud. The daughter of Dream Ahead has been the model of consistency, only finishing out of the placings once in her 15 starts this season and winning five times, including a Listed win in the Grosser Preis des Gestut Haus Zoppenbroich in Hannover.
Homebred filly, BILLESDON BROOK makes history in the 1,000 Guineas
The first classic of the year for fillies, the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas will for many prove to be the most memorable, with Billesdon Brook becoming the highest priced winner in the history of the race.
Trained by Richard Hannon and ridden by Sean Levy, she was held up towards the rear until two furlongs out where she was ridden out and stayed on well to win by 1 ¾ lengths, with the Karl Burke trained Laurens in second.
Billesdon Brook who is by Champs Elysees out of the homebred mare Coplow was bred by the late Bob McCreery at Stowell Hill Stud, who also set up the Pall Mall Partners syndicate which now owns her. Her win was the second classic winner for her breeder, who also bred the 1972 2,000 Guineas winner High Top, as well producing renowned Group winners Old Vic and Gale Force Ten.
Billesdon Brook was one of three runners representing the stud on the Sunday of the QIPCO Guineas Festival. Anna Nerium, who shares the same grand dam as Billesdon Brook, also ran in QIPCO 1,000 Guineas and finished a respectable 7th. The race came just two weeks after her impressive win in the Listed bet365 European Free Handicap at the Craven Meeting in Newmarket.
Billesdon Brooks half-sister, Billesdon Bess who won the Listed Upavon Fillies’ Stakes at Salisbury last year, also ran at Newmarket in the Group 2 Charm Spirit Dahlia Stakes, where she finished 6th behind the impressive Wuheida. She has proved to be a great value filly for her owners, the Pall Mall Partners and Partners. After going through the ring in the Tattersalls February Sales for a mere 3,000gns to dissolve a partnership, she has now earned over £70,000 in prize money.
Following Billesdon Brook’s impressive win in the Guineas, Jeanette McCreery commented
It’s amazing to come here today with three homebred fillies–two half-sisters and an aunt. We’ve had a lot of fun and we’re all friends–no-one is fighting! There are 20 of us in the group, they haven’t had to put much in but they’ve had a lot out of it. We meet up and watch the horses work and it’s been terrific.
In 2015 the British Horseracing Authority conducted a review into the fillies and mares race programme in Great Britain to better understand the profile of fillies in training, the race opportunities available to them and their ability to compete with colts over the last decade.