Melodic team back in business with double at Plumpton
Last Updated: 02/12/13 5:37pm
Jeremy Scott: Saddled a double
Jeremy Scott and Nick Scholfield moved on from Melodic Rendezvous' disappointing effort in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle to land a double at Plumpton.
The victories of Porters War and Boogie In The Barn gave the trainer-jockey combination reason to smile again with good performances.
Porters War (7/1) got the ball rolling when defying top weight in exemplary fashion with a 12-length call over Mister Wiseman in the At The Races Sky 415 Handicap Chase.
"We just dropped back in grade. He was top weight, but he just found it that bit easier," said Scott.
"Nick always told us to come here. He's been banging on about coming to Plumpton for ages.
"We put it off as long as we could as it's a long way. It's great when you get here but it's such a shame it's so far away."
The brace was completed when Boogie In The Barn (10/11 favourite) ran out an easy 11-length winner of the Anise Catering Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race.
Scholfield said: "He ran quite well at Ascot last time. That was a better race and, fitness wise, that would have brought him on.
"He's won with loads in hand and has kept on galloping."
Buthelezi (2/1) put up an admirable display to deny Une Artiste a debut success over fences in the Autumn Gala Novices' Limited Handicap Chase.
With two runs over the bigger obstacles, Buthelezi made his experience count as Denis O'Regan made plenty of use on John Ferguson's charge.
Tony McCoy had to work hard on Une Artiste to get to within hailing distance of Buthelezi, who found more from the last to foil the 4/5 favourite by three-quarters of a length.
"He was good. He's quirky, but he's been very well placed here. It was a perfect race, three runners and goodish ground," O'Regan told At The Races.
"He was very brave and I was trying to use his jumping. To be fair, once AP (McCoy) came to me he found enough to hang on."
Electrolyser (11/4 favourite) opened his account over jumps with a cosy victory in the attheraces.com Exclusive Barry Geraghty Blog Novices' Hurdle.
A useful stayer on the Flat when with Clive Cox, the eight-year-old had been pulled up on his only previous start over hurdles for Nicky Henderson nearly two years ago, but showed he still retains plenty of ability when accounting for Come On Laurie by two and a quarter lengths.
"He did it really well. He's not very big, but he was quick at his hurdles and enjoys it," said jockey David Bass.
"He was rated about 110 on the Flat so he has so much ability. He's got form over two miles on the Flat so you'd imagine he'd get further."
Tweedledrum (15/8 favourite) stamped her authority close home to take the Follow @AtThe Races On Twitter Mares' Handicap Hurdle.
Cannon Fodder went on three out but could not shake off Tom Symonds' mare, who got up in the last 100 yards to win by a length and a quarter.
"She's been a superstar to me. That's the fourth time I've won on her now," said jockey Charlie Poste.
"To be fair to her, she winged the last and really put her head down once she got into a battle and did it nicely."
Jamie Moore had to drive Shadarpour (4/1), trained by his father Gary, right out to hold Agapanthus by a length and a half in the At The Races Virgin 534 Handicap Hurdle.
"It was the right race and we were lucky the ground had dried out enough. For a horse that came from France he can't go on soft ground," said the trainer.
Weighing-room veteran Andrew Thornton steered 7/4 favourite Itoldyou home by four and a half lengths from Beware Chalk Pit in the Tysers Handicap Chase to register his first win over fences for Linda Jewell.
"He's a second-season chaser and I think he enjoyed being covered up a little bit," said Thornton.