Melody Belle (Commands) provided yet another boost to the pedigree page of Cheveley Stud’s exciting young sire Wylie Hall when she lifted the G1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes at Awapuni on Saturday.
The promising two-year-old has now won three of just five outings, with her previous wins including the Karaka Million, and has earned nearly $700 000 in prize money.
Ridden by Michael McNab, who had his first taste of Group One glory, Melody Belle stalked the leaders through the early part of the 1400-metre journey and was doing it effortlessly all the way
At the top of the straight she took the race by the scruff of the neck, dashing through between Hard Merchandize and Joyfilly to claim the lead.
Impressive last-start winner Belle Du Nord launched a strong challenge along the inside, but Melody Belle shrugged her off and raced away. She crossed the finish line a length and a half clear, with McNab standing in the saddle to celebrate a career-best win with an ecstatic salute.
Melody Belle is the latest top class performer to have emerged from the great Belle family. Others include champion sprinter Absolute Champion, G1 winning sprinter Drum, and the G1 winning three part siblings Anamato and Wylie Hall.
Both Melody Belle and Wylie Hall are sired by sons of the great stallion Danehill.
Wylie Hall, whose triple champion sire Redoute’s Choice is also sire of outstanding Australian sire Snitzel (sire of Saturday’s G1 SA Classic winner Heavenly Blue), was a top class racehorse who earned more than R3.6 million and whose wins included the G1 SA Derby and G1 President’s Champions Challenge.
His first yearlings will come on sale in 2018.