Fortuna Syndications Director, John Galvin, has confirmed Opie Bosson will ride Melody Belle in the second leg of the Hawke’s Bay Racing Triple Crown, the Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m), taking over from Michael McNab who has ridden the mare in her past two outings, including last Saturday’s comprehensive victory in the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m).
“Opie has declared himself available to ride for us on September 21,” Galvin said.
“Opie is the number one stable rider for Te Akau Racing, he is unbeaten on Melody Belle and we are glad to have him back aboard.
“We are extremely grateful for the fantastic ride that Michael McNab gave her in the Tarzino Trophy in Opie’s absence.”
The winner of seven Group One races, Melody Belle has come through her Tarzino Trophy victory in good shape and after a couple of quiet days in the paddock, she is now back in full work.