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Mosgiel Connection To The Fore At Flemington

Monday, 4th November 2019

Amidst the excitement, glamour and high-class action at Flemington on Saturday it was the small New Zealand South Island settlement of Mosgiel that played a major role in the outcome of two of the feature events. Mosgiel native and Te Akau Racing head trainer Jamie Richards experienced one of his biggest thrills when Melody Belle provided him with his first Australian Gr1 winner as a sole trainer when she took out the Empire Rose Stakes (1600m), reports NZTM. Richards grew up with close friend and fellow Mosgiel alumni Brad Taylor who experienced his own Gr1 moment in his role as racing manager for the Anthony Freedman stable, when their three-year-old Warning outclassed his rivals in the Gr1 Victoria Derby (2500m). Richards, who was delighted to put the Australian Gr1 victory on the board after a frustrating run of recent near misses with Te Akau Shark and Probabeel, was quick to pay tribute to the assistance of Taylor during his Melbourne trip. “Brad has been a good mate for a long time now as we grew up together in Mosgiel and went to school and Otago University together as well,” Richards said. “Brad worked for Te Akau before he moved over to Melbourne so it has been great to catch up while we have been here.” While the thirty-year-old trainer admitted to indulging in a rare late-night out after the Melbourne triumph, it was back to business for the Matamata horseman on Sunday as he looks towards the next challenge for Melody Belle. “She is just a wonderful mare and I think I was most proud of the fact that we could come over here, fly the New Zealand flag and prove to the doubters that we can compete in these big races with the right type of horse,” he said. “We will have our usual Monday sit-down to discuss what her next step will be, which could be a start on the last day of the Flemington carnival.”

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