Multiple Group 1 winner Melody Belle has returned to Jamie Richards’ stable, with her trainer pencilling in the Group 2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa in August as the mare’s early target.
“She got back on the truck at Te Akau Stud on Monday morning and travelled to Matamata,” Fortuna Syndicate manager John Galvin said.
“She will trial a couple of times, probably in late July and then at Te Teko (in August), and shell go to the Foxbridge and then on to Hawke’s Bay.
“This year we will do the three legs of the Hawke’s Bay triple crown, we didn’t go to the Livamol (Classic) with her last year.
That’s as far as the planning has got at this stage.”
The mare enjoyed a lucrative campaign last year, adding five further Group 1s to her CV, taking her total top-level tally to six. She won the first two legs of the Hawke’s Bay spring Group 1 triple crown, the Tarzino Trophy (1400m) and Windsor Park Plate (1600m).