Melody Belle Final NZ Appearance

Date: 27 Mar 2021

Melody Belle Final NZ Appearance


Carrying saddle cloth 14 to represent her number of record-breaking Group One wins, Melody Belle (6 m Commands - Meleka Belle, by Iffraaj) had an exhibition gallop between races on Saturday at Tauranga.

On Auckland Cup Day (13 March) at Ellerslie, the reigning dual Horse of the Year had surpassed the record of 13-time Group One winner Sunline (Desert Sun) with a blistering performance in the weight-for-age $200,000 Bonecrusher NZ Stakes (Gr. 1, 2000m).

Bred by Marie Leicester, purchased by David Ellis CNZM for $57,500 at the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, from the draft of Haunui Farm, and owned by Fortuna Melody Belle Syndicate (Mgr: John Galvin), Melody Belle has won of 14 Group One races (19 from 38 in total) and $4.2 million prize money.

Presenting in exceptional condition, and with Opie Bosson aboard, Melody Belle started from the 1600 metres and ran a genuine gallop from the 1400m. She ran the 1000m in 60.3, 800m in 47.2, and last 600m in 34.5.

“She was nice and relaxed,” said Bosson, on dismounting. “She's been a wonderful mare to me and the family. She knows how good she is and her work was excellent.”

On Monday (29 March), she departs for Sydney, in preparation for the weight-for-age $1.5m Tancred Stakes (Gr. 1, 2400m) next Saturday (27 March) at Rosehill.

Her programme thereafter: $4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Gr. 1, 2000m) on 17 April at Randwick, $500,000 Hollindale Stakes (Gr. 2, 1800m) on 8 May at Gold Coast, and $700,000 Doomben Cup (Gr. 1, 2000m) on 22 May at Doomben.

Syndicate manager John Galvin said she would then remain Queensland, and has been catalogued in the 2021 Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale on 25 May.

In the week leading up to her previous win, trainer Jamie Richards said:

“She throws one-hundred percent into all of her work, cantering or galloping or whatever she's doing. She is a lovely kind horse to have around the stable, but she wants to get on with things when the job's on. She is always waiting at her feed bin for a scratch and pat first thing in the morning, same place every day, and a wonderful horse to have around.”

“It's not over yet and still plenty to come,” said Richards, commenting on the races that lie ahead. “We're looking forward to the challenges and hopefully by the time she's racing in Queensland we might be able to get over there and see her.

“I won't be saying good-bye on Monday, and plan on seeing her again before the curtain comes down on a wonderful career.”


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