Keep a close eye on Charmil

  • By: David John
  • Last Updated: December 18 2012, 16:40 GMT

David John with the latest update on horses to follow in National Hunt Notebook 2012/13.

King: Trains Ulys Du Charmil

Melodic Rendezvous hit the target for National Hunt Notebook last Friday at Cheltenham as he broke his duck over hurdles in the novice contest at 4/1.

Ideally, I thought that it might take a step up to two and a half miles for Jeremy Scott's inmate but the testing ground around Prestbury Park over an extended two miles proved an adequate enough test and he won with something in hand having travelled well for Nick Scholfield.


A new entry to the list of horses to follow over the coming weeks is Ulys du Charmil, who finished a very good second to the in-form Robbie at Doncaster on Saturday.

Alan King's four year old was making his return to action after scoring in a maiden hurdle at Market Rasen in May and like many of his stable companions, is likely to benefit from that first outing.

He displayed a good cruising speed through the race but was ultimately outstayed by the winner which suggests he will be best suited when the emphasis placed slightly less on stamina.

He raced that day from a mark of just 117 and has the scope to make an impact in handicaps at that level.

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