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1/11/2019 Melody Belle on song ahead of Empire Rose

After sharp piece of work at Flemington on Tuesday, connections believe champion mare Melody Belle (Commands) is in terrific order ahead of the Empire Rose Stakes. "She's in good form," trainer Jamie Richards said. "She worked well at Flemington on Tuesday morning on the course proper. It looked to be very good, strong work and Craig Thornton and Brad Taylor, who has been a big help to us in Melbourne, were both impressed with what they saw. They are very happy with her. We were going to give her a jumpout at Flemington last Friday but we didn't think she needed it. She didn't look like she needed it and her weight is good. With her recent racing, she's very fit and the month between runs is fine for her dropping back to 1600m. She doesn't let us down and her record suggests she's one out of the box."

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