OPIE REUNITED WITH MELODY BELLE

Triple Group One winner Melody Belle will renew her partnership with jockey Opie Bosson in the Gr.1 JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham later this month.

Regular rider Shafiq Rusof was ruled out of the January 19 meeting after he was suspended for his ride on Melody Belle in the Gr.1 Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.

The Jamie Richards-trained runner finished a gallant third after being posted three-wide for the entire trip.

“We are disappointed for Shafiq that he has copped a suspension,” Syndicate manager John Galvin said. “But we are very happy to engage Opie, he is unbeaten on Melody Belle when he has ridden her in the past.”