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Rider Change for Melody Belle

10 Jan 2019

Rider Change for Melody Belle

Unfortunately with the suspension of Te Akau stable rider Opie Bosson at Matamata yesterday, Melody Belle will now require a change of rider for the Group 1 J & N Berkett Telegraph.

Te Akau can confirm that Jason Waddell has been engaged as the new rider for the three-time Group 1 winning mare and previous Karaka Million winner for the race on Saturday week at Trentham.

Jason Waddell currently lies fifth on the Jockeys’ Premiership with an impressive 5.9 strike rate, and stakes’ earnings this season already exceeding $1 million.  Should he win on Melody Belle, she could become his 50th career Group and Listed winner (subject to any other stakes’ wins prior) – which would be a highly appropriate milestone.

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