Brilliant four-year-old Melody Belle, a close relative of Cheveley Stud’s well performed sire Wylie Hall, picked up the sixth G1 win of her illustrious career when she captured the G1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes over 2000m at Ellerslie on Saturday.
The Commands daughter, and former Champion Two-Year-Old, provided trainer Jamie Richards and jockey Opie Bosson with a G1 double on Saturday, with Richards and Bosson having also teamed up to win Saturday’s G1 Sistema Stakes with Yourdeel.
The weather might not have played its part on Ellerslie’s big day, but none of that mattered as two mighty mares in the form of Melody Belle and Danzdanzdance went to war with 300 metres to run in the weight-for-age feature.
But even when Melody Belle was narrowly headed she would not be denied, lifting for a final effort that got her home by a neck, taking her Group One tally to six. Five of those elite wins have been this season, beginning with the Tarzino Trophy and Windsor Park Plate at Hasting in the spring and added to in February by the BDC Group Sprint at Te Rapa and Haunui Farm Group One Classic at Otaki.
That sequence placed Melody Belle equal on Group One tallies in a single season with dual Horse of the Year Seachange, who won four Group One races in the 2007-08 season, and today’s victory put her in hallowed company as she lodged a serious claim for her own Horse of the Year title.
Four-year-old Melody Belle, a winner of 11 of her 20 races, could now be aimed at Australia’s greatest WFA race -the G1 Cox Plate.
Like Wylie Hall by a son of Danehill, Melody Belle’s fifth dam Belle Time is the fourth dam of the multiple G1 winner Wylie Hall.
This is also the family of Saturday’s G1 Sistema Stakes winner Yourdeel.
Wylie Hall, who shares his outstanding sire Redoute’s Choice with Saturday’s brilliant G1 Randwick Guineas winner The Autumn Sun, finished first past the post in the 2014 G1 Vodacom Durban July and also won both the 2015 G1 President’s Champions Challenge and 2013 G1 SA Derby.
Wylie Hall, whose very first runner was a winner, has 3 lots on next week’s Cape Yearling Sale, and six yearlings on the 2019 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.