Kiwi star Melody Belle will take her place in the $1.5 million Tancred Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday after receiving a vet clearance.
The Jamie Richards-trained mare was found to have “tied up” after trackwork on Wednesday morning.
“It’s not ideal for this to happen in the week of a big race,” Richards said.
“Her work on Wednesday morning was outstanding, James (McDonald) was very happy with her but it was apparent after the gallop that she had this issue.
“We have had episodes like this with her before and we know what we need to do to get her right.”
Jamie Richards, trainer of Melody Belle. Photo: Morgan Hancock/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
But Racing NSW stewards revealed their Veterinary Dr Toby Koenig has reviewed the results of a blood test taken from Melody Belle which showed “significant improvement”.
Richards told stewards “the mare has responded well to treatment and has been exercised by swimming since Wednesday without displaying any signs of tying up”.
Dr Koenig passed Melody Belle “suitable to race” in the Tancred Stakes where TAB Fixed Odds have the 14 time Group 1 winner listed as a $6 second favourite behind Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet ($5).
Originally published asMelody Belle cleared to run in Tancred
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