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Richards Philosophical About Gr1 Run Ending

Monday, 11th November 2019

Following the dazzling finish by champion kiwi mare Melody Belle in the Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) on Saturday where she finished second, NZ Racing Desk reports trainer Jamie Richards admitted to a shade of disappointment that star mare Melody Belle had her Gr1 winning charge ended, but revealed, “I guess it comes down to the barrier in the end as it dictated where we could ride her and that ended up being a few places back from where we needed to be.” He explained, “You map the race and all the possibilities beforehand but when the gates open you have to play what is in front of you and this time, we just didn’t have that touch of luck we needed.  haven’t had a chance to see what her closing sectionals were but I would think they would be pretty phenomenal." Melody Belle will head back to New Zealand this week for a spell before being prepared for the autumn.

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