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.
Sire: Dream Ahead
Dam: Nellie Melba
Year of Birth: 2014
Trainer: Mark Johnston
Owner/Breeder: Lowther Racing and Partner
She is owned and bred by Lowther Racing, who have produced the last three generations of her family, including her third dam, Primetta who was the foundation mare of the Countess of Lonsdale’s breeding stock. Peach Melba is the seventh foal out of the multiple winning, Nellie Melba, making her a half-sister to winners Major Crispies, Bosun Breeze and Dam Beautiful. Sadly, Peach Melba was orphaned when just a couple of months old so was hand reared, making her successes even more poignant.
Peach Melba winning at the EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series Finals Day at Newmarket Racecourse
She commenced her racing careers, as a three-year-old in the Dundar Maiden Stakes at Carlisle, in which she was narrowly beaten by the Ralph Beckett trained, Moonwise. Following five consistent runs at five different tracks, she broke her maiden in the Bathwick Tyres Handicap at Chepstow, which she won impressively by two lengths.
This was followed by two further successes, the latter being in the EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies Handicap at Lingfield. The series, which consists of twenty races between May and October with a total prize money of £625,000, aims to provide viable developmental racing prospects for three-year-old plus fillies.
After three more consistent runs in handicaps, she headed to the EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series Finals Day held at Newmarket Racecourse, where she won the competitive mile handicap on the card and was awarded the TBA £25,000 Bonus, which will now be used towards a stallion nomination for next year.
TBA Chairman, Julian Richmond-Watson, presenting the TBA £25,000 bonus following Peach Melba’s win at Newmarket
The filly, who is trained by Mark Johnson, then headed to Hannover to compete in the Listed Grosser Preis des Gestut Haus Zoppenbroich, which she won impressively by one and a half lengths earning herself valuable Black Type and making her an exciting broodmare prospect.
‘She has earned her place with a really nice stallion next year and that couldn’t have been better. She really deserves it as she is a decent filly, a model of consistency and I am sure she will make a great broodmare.” Mark Johnston, trainer of Peach Melba
On behalf of the ThisFillyCan campaign team, we would like to congratulate Lowther Racing and Mark Johnston and his team on their success with Peach Melba and look forward to seeing her progeny in the future.