Superstar kiwi mare Melody Belle has touched down in Melbourne ahead of her hit-and-run attempt at the 2020 Mackinnon Stakes.
Delighted to report that our 12 time Grp 1 winner and dual Horse of the Year Melody Belle has arrived safely in Melbourne and enjoyed a quiet piece of work today … she will be in the care of Probabeel's favourite girl Ashley … pic.twitter.com/hlvy20PgSh
— Te Akau Racing (@TeAkauRacing) October 28, 2020
The 12-time Group 1 winner had two underwhelming runs in Sydney earlier in the spring, prompting connections to bring her back home to New Zealand, where she promptly won back-to-back Group 1s.
Melody Belle finished runner up in last year’s Mackinnon Stakes after coming from near last and roaring home, and will be looking to go one better this year.
Magic Wand gets her Group 1!
They don’t come much tougher – she’s been second to Bricks And Mortar and Magical this year and even ran in the Melbourne Cup days ago. Today she wins the Mackinnon Stakes for Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien! pic.twitter.com/J9BE89DGXN
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) November 9, 2019
Melody Belle is currently on the second line of betting for the Mackinnon Stakes, at $5.