A lovely filly bought by David Ellis, trained by Te Akau and raced by Fortuna Syndicators won the Karaka Million in January 2017.
In March 2017 at her next start after unfortunately missing the Group 1 System Stakes because of a minor ailment, she stormed home to claim the $225,000 Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes over 1400m marking her as the season’s most outstanding 2YO filly.
If that claim needed any reinforcement, her subsequent four length whitewash of her opposition in the A$250,000 Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Eagle Farm on 27 May 2017 wowed commentators.
A terrific result for a filly who cost just $57,500 – to win now almost 20 times her purchase price!
She was named Champion 2YO for the 2016/17 season in September 2017.
In 2018 she returned to the scene of her most impressive Karaka Million victory and claimed the $70,000 Group 3 Mongolian Khan Trophy by 3.5 lengths.
In August that year she kick started her 4YO in style by winning the $100,000 Group 2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate over 1200m against a formidable field at Te Rapa. Her victory was Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards first win as sole stable trainer since taking over the reins on 1 August, and on his birthday too!
Her next start saw another victory and another Group 1 title – on 1 September, the first day of Spring, Melody Belle was dominant against a class field in the $200,000 Group 1 Tarzino Trophy over 1400m on the first day of the Hawkes Bay Racing carnival at Hastings.
She returned to Hastings for the second day of the carnival to score back to back Group 1 wins as she trounced a class field in the $200,000 Group 1 Windsor Park Plate over 1600m.
After a massive dose of bad luck when finishing third from the outside gate (with the best sectionals of the day) in the Group 1 Railway at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day – she showed class is permanent when claiming her fourth Grouyp 1 victory in the $200,000 Group 1 BCD Sprint at Te Rapa in February 2019.
Melody Belle has raced 18 times, for nine wins and three other placings with stakes’ earnings of $1,380,406.