Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle
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Grade 2, Wincanton
£60,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m, Class 1
Saturday 15th February 2014

1 Melodic Rendezvous EvensF
2 Zarkandar 11/10
3 Grumeti 7/1
6 ran Distances: ½l, 6l, 20l
TIME 4m 8.40s (slow by 37.40s)

Melodic Rendezvous overcame a spirited challenge from Zarkandar in very heavy going to win the Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton.

Melodic Rendezvous
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Melodic Rendezvous

The Jeremy Scott-trained eight-year-old was sent off the even-money favourite in the Grade Two over two miles and again showed his aptitude for a fight in the mud.

Zarkandar and Daryl Jacob took up the running at the top of the home straight and still held an advantage after the last flight, but Melodic Rendezvous arrived powerfully on the near-side rail under Nick Scholfield.

The two horses got close along the run-in, with Scott's inmate taking top honours by half a length.

Scott said: "They ignored my pacemaker, which I feared they might, and it has turned into a bit of a sprint off the bend.

"I'm pleased how he battled back. As long as the ground is OK, he'll go to Cheltenham.

"I suppose the Aintree Hurdle would be the easier race for him but the owners are very keen to go to Cheltenham and, as long as he's healthy, I'm sure he will."

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Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle
£60,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Heavy

Melodic Rendezvous
J Scott
Nick Scholfield
11st 10lbs
1 - 1
P F Nicholls
D A Jacob
11st 10lbs
11 - 10
1/2 length
A King
W Hutchinson
11st 2lbs
7 - 1
6 lengths
J Scott
Matt Griffiths
11st 2lbs
100 - 1
20 lengths
Golden Chieftain
C L Tizzard
Brendan Powell
11st 2lbs
33 - 1
3 lengths
Red Riverman
N A Twiston-Davies
D Crosse
11st 2lbs
100 - 1
44 lengths

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