McNeil Will ‘Love Riding’ Melody Belle in 2020 Mackinnon Stakes

Thu 5th November 2020

Opie Bosson knows Melody Belle well – having ridden her to victory in 5 of her 12 Group 1 triumphs – and thinks that hoop Jye McNeil will love riding her on Saturday in the 2020 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m).

Melody Belle flew home in last year’s Mackinnon Stakes to finish second behind Magic Wand, who has since retired due to a foot abscess that halted her most recent spring campaign.

The Kiwi mare returned home to New Zealand after a few below par performances in Sydney early this spring, and has quickly returned to form with back-to-back Group 1 wins in her homeland, prompting a return to Melbourne.

Bosson spoke to Racenet and said that McNeil has a huge chance to cap off a big Flemington Carnival with the ride on Melody Belle.

“Jye will love riding her – she is push-button and he can ride her where he wants from the barrier.

“She is totally straightforward to ride and he will be able to put her anywhere and switch her off.

“It will be a totally no fuss ride for him and I think he can finish off a big week on another high.”

*Odds accurate at time of posting.

1Harlem (1)J: Craig Williams 59kg T: T Dabernig & B Hayes$21.00$5.00
2Fifty Stars (8)J: John Allen 59kg T: T Dabernig & B Hayes$8.00$2.45
3Mr Quickie (3)J: Unknown 59kg T: P Stokes$12.00$3.50
4Mirage Dancer (7)J: Michael Dee 59kg T: T Busuttin & N Young$31.00$6.50
5Mugatoo (9)J: Hugh Bowman 59kg T: K A Lees$4.40$1.70
6Skyward (4)J: Glen Boss 59kg T: T Busuttin & N Young$21.00$5.00
7Dalasan (2)J: Jamie Kah 58.5kg T: L Macdonald & A Gluyas$11.00$3.20
8Melody Belle (6)J: Jye Mcneil 57kg T: J W Richards$4.80$1.80
9Arcadia Queen (5)J: Damian Lane 57kg T: G & A Williams$3.70$1.50
10Shout The Bar (10)J: Damien Oliver 56.5kg T: G Waterhouse & A Bott$16.00$4.00


From Muswellbrook to the Melbourne Cup, Will is mad about all things racing and sport. Spent countless hours in the backyard as a child pretending to be Glenn McGrath, and has been known to get deadly late swing with a taped tennis ball.