New Zealand mare Melody Belle has continued preparations towards her expected return in the Missile Stakes with a win in a star-studded barrier trial at Randwick.
Three heats for Group horses were conducted on Randwick's Kensington track on Friday morning having been pushed back from Tuesday because of the recent wet weather in Sydney.
The Jamie Richards-trained 10-time Group One winner Melody Belle finished strongly between runners under jockey Kerrin Mcevoy late in her trial over 850m on a heavy track to win by a half-length over dual Group One winner Fierce Impact.
Quackerjack was a close third in the same heat.
Outstanding @TeAkauRacing mare Melody Belle wins a star studded 850m Kensington trial on Friday for @KPMcEvoy— Racing NSW (@racing_nsw) July 30, 2020
accounting for Fierce Impact and Quackerjack. @tabcomau@7horseracing pic.twitter.com/kYUIyjPqoq
Melody Belle is scheduled to make her return in Saturday week's Group Two Missile Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill ahead of the Group One Winx Stakes (1400m) at Randwick two weeks later.
Savatiano won her heat by three-quarters of a length with the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained stablemates Entente and Wolfe filling the minor placings.