Melody Belle back for autumn


He said the stable would also have a discussion about entering Te Akau Shark in the race as well after his third placing in the Cox Plate, although he was not a certainty to run.

“We have to be careful with the Shark because I would not want to run him on really firm ground,” Richards said.

“There are plenty of nice options for both of them. They are both going really well.”

It is still unfinished business though when you finish second but we will keep coming over and having a crack.

Jamie Richards

Melody Belle’s win on Derby day was her first win in Australia for two years, last saluting in a group 2 in Queensland, 2017. The result – her seventh group 1 win for the season – confirmed just how good she is.

Richards said Melody Belle, Te Akau Shark and Probabeel (who raced competitively in Sydney this spring) would be the team Te Akau Shark would bring to Australia in autumn.

He said he was rapt with Melody Belle’s run in the Mackinnon Stakes but the stable was disappointed they could not claim the race that stable favourite Gingernuts could not contest in 2017 after being a late scratching on the way to the barrier.

“It is still unfinished business though when you finish second but we will keep coming over and having a crack,” Richards said.



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