Melodic Champion bid in balance
Trainer Jeremy Scott says the "jury is out" on Melodic Rendezvous' participation in the Stan James Champion Hurdle.
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Connections of the eight-year-old, an accomplished winner of a Champion Hurdle trial at Haydock on Saturday, want "very soft" ground at the Cheltenham Festival on March 11.
Melodic Rendezvous is likely to have another outing in February before a final decision is made concerning his conditional aim.
A statement posted www.jeremyscottracing.net read: "He's come out of the race very well so now we are considering our options.
"He seems to relish soft ground and we feel that while that type of ground prevails we might as well take advantage of it and run him sooner rather than later.
"There's a Listed race at Sandown on February 1 or the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las on the same day.
"Our other option is the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton on February 15 which, timing wise, is perfect.
"But it will be a very competitive race with a lot of the big guns being aimed at it so we might dodge that in favour of one of the other options.
"The jury is out on the Champion Hurdle at the moment, and after last year's disappointment (he was sidelined for the major festivals), we won't be getting too excited about it.
"We'll see how he comes out of his next run, and make a decision from there.
"But our thoughts at the moment are that if the ground is very soft at Cheltenham we would seriously consider it, but if not there are options at Aintree and Punchestown."