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Media Release – 6th December 2018

It is with great sadness that we advise that our high class filly Smart Melody passed away yesterday at Scone Equine Hospital after suffering complications from colic. Her career was as fast as she was….. It is often said that this horse Racing/Breeding game is one of the hardest games to be in. There are great highs and some terrible lows and nobody is immune from it.

When Smart Melody stepped out on a grey, rain soaked Newcastle Racecourse on 9th June 2018 over 900m and proceeded to explode away and win by 5 lengths she lit up an otherwise dreary winter's Raceday with everyone in awe of her win, knowing they had seen something very special in the making. She had the WOW factor with an explosive turn of foot that only the chosen few possess. Two weeks later she went to Canterbury Racecourse Sydney, which was a big step up in class, again winning by 5 lengths and again exploding off the bend with her customary turn of foot. Newcastle was no fluke and a new Rising Star of the Australian Turf had arrived! Her trainer Kris Lees, a man hardened to the highs and lows of the game and not one to make outlandish statements just shook his head in disbelief, not knowing just where this brilliant filly could end up! Her jockey Brenton Avdulla said she was as good a 2yo as he had ridden that season and that included his Golden Slipper Winning Estijaab, she gave him the feeling of a Superstar in the making.

In all Smart Melody won 5 from 6 starts and her only defeat being over 1600m in the Gr 1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield Racecourse where she just couldn’t stretch her brilliance as far as 1600m. She was built more like a colt with massive hindquarters and shoulder and could be like a cat on a hot tin roof, always wanting to get on with it and sometimes a little feisty. Smart Melody had brilliant speed and acceleration, everyone was in awe of her.

We have all been in the game a long time, you become a little hardened to the pitfalls of the game but Smart Melody was loved by all at Gooree Park Mudgee and at Kris Lees Racing, she will be greatly missed by everyone. Special thanks to all of the Staff at Gooree and Kris Lees Racing for the parts they played in her short career and thank you to all the vets at Scone Equine Hospital and our own vets Dr John Peatfield and Dr David Parry-Okeden in all, doing everything in their power to save this wonderful filly!

Thanks for the wild ride Smart Melody, you came and went in a flash. You have left us all in awe of your brilliance.
Smart Melody
Thanks For the Memories