Fifth Gr1 For Commands Daughter

Recoups 26 times her purchase price - and still going

Superstar Karaka graduate Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) was outstanding yet again in Saturday’s NZ$200,000 Gr1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic (1600m) at Otaki, scoring her fifth Gr1 victory and her fourth for this season.

Melody Belle (NZ) claiming her fifth G1 victory in the Haunui Farm WFA Classic at Otaki. Photo Cred: Race Images PNth

The winner of the Gr1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) and the Karaka Million (1200m) as a two-year-old along with a Gr2 in Queensland, the NZ$57,500 Premier Sale purchase has gone to a new level this season.

Following a first-up win in the Gr2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m), Melody Belle has won the Gr1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m), Windsor Park Plate (1600m), BCD Group Sprint (1400m) and Saturday’s Haunui Farm Classic.

Stuck wide in midfield in the early stages after a slow start, Melody Belle slid forward to sit in fourth place approaching the home turn.

Jockey Opie Bosson brought Melody Belle to the outside at the top of the straight to make her bid, and the all-conquering mare swept to the lead.

Fellow Karaka graduate Wyndspelle (NZ) (Iffraaj) provided plenty of fight down on the inside, but Melody Belle was clearly superior and scored by a length and three-quarters.

Melody Belle was bred by Marie Leicester and was offered at the 2016 Premier Sale by Saturday’s race sponsors Haunui Farm. Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis bought her for NZ$57,500.

Commands

Commands – sire of the winner

Trained by Jamie Richards for the Fortuna Melody Belle Syndicate, the remarkable mare has won 10 of her 19 starts and more than NZ$1.5 million in prize-money – 26 times her purchase price.

“She’s amazing isn’t she,” Fortuna manager John Galvin said. “She really is amazing.

“She has been the benchmark horse of the season, but you still have to get out there and do it.

“This one is really special. If you said at the start of the season you would run in seven races and win five of them, a Group 2 and four Group 1s, you wouldn’t believe it. So it is very special.”

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