Dream Ahead (USA) – Melrose Abbey (Selkirk)

February 28th 2018

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This strong striking chestnut filly was purchased at Tattersalls October Book 3 from Salcey Forest Stud (photos/video from the stud) and looks an exciting addition to the ranks of JPM Racing.

Dam Melrose Abbey started off her career with a very promising third on her two-year-old debut in October (a race won by her full sister Ceilidh House) before blossoming into a decent three-year-old. Successful on her return at Chepstow in maiden company, she was then beaten a head on her handicap debut before going onto win a £15,000 1m4f Class 3 Fillies Handicap at Newmarket by 3 ½ lengths. Rated 89, she then stepped straight up into Group 2 Company before ending her season with a creditable fifth of eleven in a 1m2f Listed contest at Doncaster.

While Melrose Abbey just came up short in Listed Company, her full sister Ceilidh House was a black type winner. She won her only start at two before reappearing with a third in the Lingfield Oaks Trial and was then considered good enough to run in the Oaks itself. Although that proved beyond her, she ended her three-year-old season with a win in a 10f Listed race at Doncaster. At four, she went onto be placed in three Listed events and ended her racing career rated 102. Already successful as a broodmare with Kinross (Kingman), an eight-length winner on debut, who was sixth behind Kameko in the 2000 Guineas and is rated 105.

As well as Melrose Abbey and Ceilidh House, the grand dam has produced four other winners. Dual purpose star Bothy (Pivotal) was a winner on his second start on the flat (rated 88) before going onto win his first three hurdles and ended up runner-up in the Greatwood at Cheltenham, the Totesport Trophy at Newbury and the Coral Cup at the Festival. Villa Royale (Val Royal) was a five-time winner (93) and her second foal Elvrika (Kodiac) made £100,000 at the Breeze Ups and has shown a high level of form to be placed on both of her starts for William Haggas. Shela House (Selkirk) was a dual 10f winner rated 90 at his peak. While her fourth winner Villa Sonata (Mozart) also won over 10f and has produced the very smart two-year-old First Selection, winner of four of his first five starts, the fourth of which was the Group 3 Solario Stakes before finishing runner-up in the French 2000 Guineas behind The Gurkha. Intriguingly, the sire of First Selection is Diktat, who happens to be the sire of Dream Ahead.

Dream Ahead himself was an extremely useful two-year-old, winning by nine lengths on his debut at Nottingham in July before winning the Group 1 Prix Morny on just his second start! Then it was onto the Group 1 Middle Park where he remarkably won by NINE lengths once again. The Dewhurst was a race too far and he failed to see out a mile on his return in the St James’s Palace but he soon retuned to his best, landing a GROUP 1 HAT-TRICK with the July Cup, the Sprint Cup and the Prix De La Foret all added to his CV before heading to stud.  

And what a stud career he has had so far. His first crop saw seven horses achieve RPRS in excess of 100 and his star horse was Donjuan Triumphant who recorded a September/October hat-trick at two that culminated in the Group 2 Criterium de Maisons-Lafitte. At three he was runner-up in the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest and performed with credit throughout his career ending with the Group 1 Champions Sprint and an official rating of 118.  

Later crops have seen Dream Ahead record 55 Stakes Winners, currently headed by Dream of Dreams, who won the Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock like his sire this season. Meanwhile on the distaff side, Glass Slippers is a dual Group 1 winner, landing the Prix de l’Abbaye in 2019 before landing the Flying Five on good ground this year before losing out by a neck to Wooded in this year’s Abbaye.

This filly has a fantastic pedigree and looks to have a bright future. She came off the lorry from the sales weighing in at 480kg (as a two-year-old Bettys Hope only weighed in at 420kg for comparison) and has the size and scope to make up into an imposing filly. The pedigree on the dam’s side suggest that she will be ready to go as a two-year-old in the autumn before coming into her own at three but Dream Ahead’s influence could well see her emerging as a sharper type. It is extremely interesting to see that she is closely related to First Selection, who was ready to go in April of his 2yo career and went onto win four of his first five starts before achieving his career highlight when runner-up in the French 2000 Guineas.

The syndicate will run for two seasons, at the end of which she will head to the Horses In Training Sales, with her strong pedigree she is the type that would make up into a valuable broodmare, especially if we can get some black-type and that will ultimately be the aim in her racing career.

We cannot wait to get started with her and look forward to racing her in the JPM Racing colours over the next two seasons.

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