Celebrity Dream (NZ) (Thorn Park) collected her sixth win at black type level on Friday when successful in the Listed Sheila Gwynne Classic (1400m) at Ascot.
The six-year-old Adam Durrant-trained mare was purchased by bloodstock agent John Chalmers out of Haunui Farm’s 2014 New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling draft for $260,000 and has now won over A$600,000 in prize money.
Durrant has indicated that Celebrity Dream is closing in on retirement to stud, but Friday’s performance showed she had lost none of her zest.
Dropping back to second-last under regular rider William Pike, she was angled to the outside in the straight and coasted past her rivals. With Pike never asking her for full effort, she forged clear to win by a length and a half.
Celebrity Dream is a valuable broodmare prospect being a sibling to Group winners Vavasour (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice) and Catalonia (NZ) (Commands) as well as Group One placed Rondinella (NZ) (Ocean Park) from the great producing Group Three winner Valpolicella (NZ) (Red Ransom).