3 F (Commands - Meleka Belle by Iffraaj)
Run over 1400m on April 01, 2017 at Awapuni
Prizemoney: $225,000
Trainer: S Autridge & J Richards
Jockey: M J Mc Nab
Time: 01:25.5
Track Conditions: Slow(8)
Race Club: Manawatu RC
Winners Details
Sale: 2016 National Yearling Sale
Vendor: Haunui Farm
Purchase Price: $57,500
Sales Co: NZB
Then came: Belle du Nord, Joyfilly, Star Treasure, Hard Merchandize, Nothin' on Me, Scott Base, Ozil, Summer Monsoon, Mighty Power, Swing Note, Irish Flame, Hasahalo, Divine Power
Race Images NZ
At Awapuni in New Zealand, Darley's deceased Gr3-winning & multiple Gr1-placed stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House, by My Swanee) celebrated an elite success when 2YO filly Melody Belle (Commands-Meleka Belle, by Iffraaj) scored by 1.5 lengths for trainers Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards in the NZ$225,000 Gr1 Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) for 2YOs, over fellow fillies Belle de Nord (Reliable Man-Bankside Belle, by Volksraad) & Joyfilly (Highly Recommended-When the Cats Away, by Felix the Cat). A $57,500 purchase by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna Bloodstock at the 2016 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Haunui Farm, Melody Belle improved her record to 3 wins (including the Listed Karaka Million) and 1 placing (including the Gr2 WRC Wakefield Challenge Stakes) from 5 starts for NZ$695,325 earnings. The victory was a Gr1 consolation for Melody Belle who was forced to miss the Sistema Stakes at Ellerslie due to a viral complaint, reports NZ Racing Desk. "She's done nothing but improve in the last couple of weeks," said Stephen Autridge, who trains the juvenile with Jamie Richards. "She always looked like she was travelling like the winner."