Picture – Melody Belle streaks to Empire Rose glory
Brilliant Kiwi mare Melody Belle won the $1million Empire Rose at Flemington.
It was her 10th Gr1 win.
“She revelled in the wet conditions. I knew we were a chance,” said jockey Opie Bosson.
She had plenty to do in the home straight but produced her trademark finishing burst to mow down the leader, runnerup Aristia.
“She always gives you %,” said Bosson.
Trainer Jamie Richards was understandably ecstatic.
“This is why you get involved in racing,” he said.
“She’s a fabulous horse and she’s been so good for my career,” Richards said.
“We’re proud Kiwis and we’re glad to be over here representing the country.
“Gingernuts winning the Rosehill Guineas was pretty special but to come to Melbourne in the spring and be competitive after a frustrating run of placings in Group Ones, it’s really good to get the monkey off the back.”
New Zealand’s Melbourne Cup hope The Chosen One was a fair fifth.in the Lexus.
He was last into the home straight and followed fellow Kiwi Sir Charles Road home.
The race was won easily by Downdraft.
Tim Clark has been booked to ride The Chosen One in the Cup.
Damien Oliver became the most winniest jockey at the cup carnival with victory on Miami Bound.
At Pukekohe Marzemino made her long awaited return to raceday and she her rewarded her faithful with a resolute front-running win.
A lack of racing condition looked to have caught up with her 200m out but she had enough in reserve.
Yearn dashed home for second.
Avadane cllnched a trip to Riccarton to join stablemate Bavella in the 1000 Guineas, overpowering Boogie Easy for victory in the R65 1400m.