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Melody Belle Wins Gr2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate

Friday, 17th August 2018

 Mrgn.Runners
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J: R S Rusof
T: J W Richards
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Commands
D: Meleka Belle
0.1L
J: J L Waddell
T: J W Bell
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Swiss Ace
D: Oh So Royal
1.9L
J: T D Thornton
T: Ms L Latta
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Howbaddouwantit
D: Authentic Cross
2.3L
J: M T Coleman
T: M Baker & A Forsman
W: 56.5 kgs
S: High Chaparral
D: Snow Peak

At Te Rapa in New Zealand, Darley's deceased Gr3-winning & multiple Gr1-placed stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House, by My Swanee) added a Group race success when classy 4YO New Zealand-bred filly Melody Belle (Commands-Meleka Belle, by Iffraaj) timed her run to perfection when diving late to score a nose win in the $200,000 weight-for-age Gr2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating favourite Julius & Authentic Paddy. Crowned New Zealand's champion 2YO in 2016, Melody Belle was purchased for just $57,500 by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna Bloodstock at the 2016 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Haunui Farm. She improved her record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes, Gr2 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes, Gr3 Mongolian Khan Trophy & Listed Karaka Million) and 2 placings (including the Gr2 WRC Wakefield Challenge Stakes) from 13 starts for NZ$935,890 in earnings. Jamie Richards, who is training for the powerful Te Akau team on his own this season, was relieved Melody Belle had produced her best after she providing him with some concerns in the lead-up to the race, reports NZ Racing Desk. “I was just a little bit worried during the week as her work wasn’t that flash on Tuesday,” said Richards. “I didn’t want to pump her up too much but she’s a real. This will take a bit out of her as she has had a tough run first-up. We will get her home and assess things but at this stage she will be going to Hastings next.” The race Richards was referring to is the Gr1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings in a fortnight.

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