Bargain buy Melody Belle, who is from the same family as Cheveley Stud’s exciting young sire Wylie Hall, scored a fairytale win in Saturday’s Karaka Million.
Purchased for just $57 000, the filly won ten times her purchase price when landing the 10th Karaka Race at Ellerslie this weekend.
Ridden by Opie Bosson for trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards and owners the Fortuna Melody Belle Syndicate, the filly sat in fourth place before bursting to the lead soon after the field turned for home. Hasahalo and Felton Road tried hard to run her down, but she was out of reach and won by a length and a quarter.
“This is a great thrill,” said John Galvin, who manages the Fortuna syndicates. “A lot of existing Fortuna clients are in this horse, but there are some very excited newbies as well. It’s fantastic.”
Now a winner of two of her four outings, Melody Belle will now be aimed at the G1 Diamond Stakes and G1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes.
The Karaka Million, the richest race run in New Zealand, is a race restricted to two-year-olds sold through the New Zealand Bloodstock Sales.
Melody Belle (by Danehill son Commands) and Wylie Hall (by Danehill son Redoute’s Choice) are both descendants of the mare Belle Time (Summertime).
Belle Time is also ancestress of such high class horses as the G1 winners Anamato, Drum, and champion Grand Armee (as well as talented South African runners Fabiani and Star Empire), and Wylie Hall’s champion sprinter half-brother Absolute Champion.
Wylie Hall, first past the post in the 2014 G1 Vodacom Durban July, and winner of both the G1 President’s Champion Challenge and G1 SA Derby, will be represented by his first yearlings in 2018.