Melt Wins Listed Ashford Lodge 2YO Stakes

Monday, 27th November 2017

At Pukekohe in New Zealand, Haunui Farm shuttler Iffraaj (Zafonic-Pastorale, by Nureyev) added a black-type success when 2YO New Zealand-bred filly Melt (Iffraaj-Ticklish, by Maroof) unleashed a brilliant turn of foot late to post a stylish debut win in the $50,000 Listed Ashford Lodge 2YO Stakes (1100m) for 2YOs, defeating Bit Lippy & Flaunt It Girl. This was an auspicious start to Melt's career which now reads 1 win from 1 start for NZ$31,250 in earnings. Trainer Nigel Tilley said Melt had the makings of a top filly. "Her work on Thursday morning was as good as I've ever had a two-year-old work," he told NZ Racing Desk. "This filly is very good. We will be looking at some of those good races over Christmas for her." From the dual stakes winning mare Ticklish (NZ), Melt hails from the family of VRC Oaks runner-up Miss Scarlatti, Gr2-winning Zabeel mare Crimson, as well as VRC Derby winner Omnicorp & Gr2 Sandown Cup winner Pharostan.