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Melodic heads eight for Kingwell

Last Updated: 11/02/14 2:58pm

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Melodic Rendezvous: Wincanton bound

Melodic Rendezvous: Wincanton bound

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Melodic Rendezvous, an each-way fancy in the Stan James Champion Hurdle, heads eight entries for the Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton on Saturday.

Jeremy Scott's charge will bid to reinforce his claims for the Cheltenham showpiece after winning the Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock last month.

The eight-year-old took the Elite Hurdle over the course and distance in November but then pulled a muscle when disappointing connections in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.

Paul Nicholls' useful yardstick Zarkandar lifted this prize 12 months ago and has finished third in all his three starts so far this term, twice to star mare Annie Power and once to Champion Hurdle favourite The New One.

Alan King has put in Grade One scorer Grumeti with the entry filled by Act Of Kalinisi, Gassin Golf, Golden Chieftain, Notarfbad and Red Riverman after the race was re-opened.

As expected, provisional plans have been put in place for an all-hurdle card at the weekend in an effort to ensure the meeting goes ahead, with the ground already very testing.

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