Otago Daily Times

Melody Belle dom­i­nant in 2th group 1 win

- Sports · Horse Racing · Wellington, New Zealand · New Zealand · Hastings · Ellerslie, New Zealand · An-225 Mriya

WELLINGTON: Su­per­star mare Melody Bell stormed home to win her 12th in­di­vid­ual group 1 ti­tle at Hast­ings on Satur­day.

The Jamie Richards­trained 6yr­old was in a class of her own as she won her sec­ond Li­va­mol Clas­sic over 2040m in im­pe­ri­ous fash­ion for rider Troy Har­ris.

The Com­mands mare had worked sen­sa­tion­ally dur­ing the week which had her con­nec­tions brim­ming with con­fi­dence lead­ing into the con­test and she did not dis­ap­point.

Set­tled be­yond mid­field due to her out­side bar­rier, Melody Belle was still giv­ing the lead­ers a size­able start with 600m to run. Sta­ble­mates Avan­tage and Prise De Fer took over round­ing the home bend but Melody Belle was start­ing to go through her gears as she dashed to the front at the 300m with a pow­er­ful burst.

Har­ris had an arm­chair ride over the con­clud­ing stages as Melody Belle com­fort­ably held out Avan­tage, who had also pro­vided the quinella with her a fort­night ago in the Wind­sor Park Plate, and out­sider Va­davar, who snatched third.

‘‘They only went steady for the first half of the race so there was a touch of con­cern, but she was ex­plo­sive in the end,’’ Richards said.

µWhanganui mare Magic Won­der com­pleted the pres­ti­gious Paku­ranga Hunt Cup­Great

North­ern Steeplecha­se dou­ble with a dom­i­nant front­run­ning vic­tory at Eller­slie on Satur­day.

Rider Shaun Fan­nin con­trolled the pace be­fore skip­ping clear down the Eller­slie hill the last time reg­is­ter a nine­length vic­tory.

Ear­lier, Aaron Kuru made his 500th jump­ing ride in New Zealand a truly me­morable one when he guided the Paul Nel­son and Cor­rina McDou­gal­trained The Cos­sack to vic­tory in the Great North­ern Hur­dles. — NZ Rac­ing Desk

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