Multiple Group 1 winner Melody Belle is nearing a return to the track.
Melody Belle, who is all but assured of taking home the title of New Zealand Horse of the Year after winning five Group 1 races this season, has pleased trainer Jamie Richards with her work and he said she will likely trial at Te Rapa in the coming weeks.
“We are looking forward to next season with her,” he said.
“She has done well through the winter and she will trial in about ten days at Te Rapa. She will have a couple of trials like she did last year.”
The rising five-year-old is set to take a similar path to last year in the spring. However, the Fortuna Syndicate-raced mare is expected to tackle all three Group 1 races at the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival, starting with the Tarzino Trophy (1400m) on August 31 and then going on to the Windsor Park Plate (1600m) on September 21 and the Livamol Classic (2040m) on October 5.