Five-time New Zealand Group 1 winner Melody Belle will not run in $5 million All-Star Mile at Flemington on March 16.
John Galvin, manager of Fortuna Syndications, says he has been approached by Racing Victoria’s Greg Carpenter about a wild card into the race. He said connections decided against crossing the Tasman with the five-time Group 1 winner.
“I fielded a call from Greg Carpenter who advised that Melody Belle was in contention for a wild card entry,” Galvin said. “Trainer Jamie Richards and I had previously discussed our position and we had decided that the All-Star Mile, attractive as it was, was not the right race for our mare at this time.
“To travel to Australia to take on their best milers in this event, when already deep into a campaign that commenced last August, was not in the best interests of Melody Belle we had decided.”
The most recent of Melody Belle’s five Group 1 wins came in last Saturday’s Haunui Farm Classic (1600m).
Godolphin mare Alizee heads betting for the All-Star Mile, just ahead of Amphitrite and Happy Clapper, who tackles superstar mare Winx in Saturday’s Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick.