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Melodic can hit right tune over fences

At Exeter on Friday Melodic Rendezvous will take a first step into a chasing career that could prove an exciting move from trainer Jeremy Scott as the classy hurdler takes on a potentially very strong looking field in the Harry Dutfield Memorial Novices’ Chase.


A Grade One winner over hurdles when landing the Tolworth at Sandown in 2013 and multiple success at Grade Two level would entitle the 8 year old and now rated 155 hurdler to aim for top rank among the novice chases this term. Regular pilot Nick Scholfield is looking rightly forward to it. Speaking on RacingFM on Tuesday the jockey was confident he would be able to handle the transition.


“I schooled him last week and he took to jumping fences very well, he has jumped fences before so it was no surprise. I think it will open up more options for him and he is a horse who does appreciate softer conditions so the more it rains the better for him.”





On where Melodic Rendezvous can figure in the chasing ranks this season Scholfield was quietly confident. “He jumps very well and that’s not a problem and if he can just draw out a few more pounds of improvement it should put him up in the top grade.”


On Saturday Nick was aboard Irving to land the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle, which was also the 100th Grade One winner for trainer Paul Nicholls.


“It was a great day, I really enjoyed it and to be part of Paul’s 100th winner at Grade One level. It’s an amazing achievement, hard enough get one Grade One winner let alone a hundred. Irving has always impressed me and it was nice to get a clear round, that was the main objective.


We all have dreams and it would be nice to think he could turn out to be a Champion Hurdle horse, he needs that pace in the race and to prove himself against the bigger guns so needs to up his game again.”


He could be set for another big day in the saddle at the beginning of January with Harry Fry’s exciting charge Jolly’s Cracked It heading for a Tolworth, a race Nick landed in 2013.


“He’s a horse to look forward to, he’s done nothing wrong and that race looks made for him. I won it on Meledic Rendezvous a similar sort of horse. He’s a fine big scopey horse and I don’t think we have seen the best of him yet.”


Dean Ryan 02/12/14


Phot0 – Dan Heap 

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