The NZTBA has great pleasure in announcing the winner of the Seton Otway New Zealand Horse of the Year for the 2019-20 season, with Melody Belle a worthy winner of this coveted breeding award
Melody Belle’s achievements on the racetrack last season included three Group One victories in the history making Hawkes Bay Triple Crown, before a win in the Gr.1 VRC Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) and a second to Magic Wand in the Gr.1 McKinnon Stakes (2000m).
In the Autumn she was third in the Gr.1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) and the rich All Star Mile (1600m), before finishing fourth in the Gr.1 Doncaster Handicap (1600m).
These deeds also earned her dam Meleka Belle the Arion Pedigrees Eight Carat Broodmare of the Year Award.
Melody Belle's Seton Otway trophy for the Horse of the Year was presented to her breeder Marie Leicester. This award has been sponsored by Cathay Pacific for over 20 years.