Industry Press


Multiple Group One-winning mare Melody Belle, a relation to Cheveley Stud’s exciting first crop sire Wylie Hall is back in work in preparation for a busy spring campaign.

The four-year-old daughter of Commands is likely to be named New Zealand Horse of the Year after her five Group One victories this season and the darling of the New Zealand turf is being set to better that mark next season.

The Jamie Richards-trained runner took out the first two legs of the Hawke’s Bay Spring Carnival last year and will target all three legs next season after proving she can handle the 2040m distance of the Gr.1 Livamol Classic after victory in the Gr.1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m) in March.

“She got back on the truck at Te Akau Stud on Monday morning and travelled to Matamata,” Fortuna Syndicate manager John Galvin said.

“She will trial a couple of times, probably in late July and then at Te Teko (in August). She will go to the Foxbridge (Gr.2, 1200m) and then on to Hawke’s Bay.

“This year we will do the three legs of the Hawke’s Bay triple crown, we didn’t go to the Livamol with her last year.

“That’s as far as the planning has got at this stage.”

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