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  • Melodic Claims Tolworth Glory

32Red Hurdle (Registered As The Tolworth Hurdle) (Grade 1 Novices' Hurdle) 2m 110y

  • (4yo+, 2m 110y, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £19,932 2nd £7,480 3rd £3,745 4th £1,866 5th £938 6th £469
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 9.65s
  • Off time: 14:25:27
  • Last Updated: January 5 2013, 15:00 GMT

Melodic Rendezvous (7/2) was a taking winner of the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown, giving jockey Nick Schofield and trainer Jeremy Scott a first Grade One victory.

Melodic Rendezvous: Impressive winner of the Tolworth
Melodic Rendezvous: Impressive winner of the Tolworth

The seven-year-old was travelling strongly behind the pace-setting Pendra (6/1) and Royal Boy and he came through to challenge the former going to the final flight of hurdles.

The runner-up tried to rally bravely but was soon put in his place and Melodic Rendezvous ran on strongly to score by four-and-a-half lengths.

There seemed no excuses for the market leaders, Royal Boy proving very one-paced in third and Poet never landing a blow having raced wide throughout.

The winning rider said: "It's fantastic to ride a Grade One winner for Jeremy and the yard. Hopefully this horse is special and can take us all to Cheltenham. He hurdled very well and was idling in the end."

Scott added: "The owners have been patient and we have ticked away with him. He has grown in stature and it was lovely to come here today. He started to bloom when won his bumper, the penny dropped and everything came together.

"I expect he'll end up in the Supreme but he will be put in both races (Supreme and Neptune at Cheltenham). He's a deceptive horse, but he does show plenty at home.

"We've been second a few times in Grade Ones so it's nice to pick one up and Nick is a tremendous asset to us, he's very much part of the team."

Asked if the winner is the best horse he has trained, Scott said: "I think Empiracle is a very nice horse too and he goes straight to Cheltenham for the Festival (Champion Bumper). I can't choose between the two, they are both very nice horses."

Jockey Noel Fehily said of Pendra: "He wasn't disgraced at all and I think they are two very nice horses."

Henderson said of third Royal Boy: "It was only the second time on a racecourse and he didn't really jump well enough."

Sky Bet inserted the winner into their Supreme Novices' betting at 14/1, Victor Chandler and Stan James the same price from 25/1 and 20s respectively.

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