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Wincanton

  • 14:05 totepool Enter The Ten To Follow Elite Hurdle 2m

  • (Grade 2 Limited Handicap) £60,000 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £34,170 2nd £12,822 3rd £6,420 4th £3,198
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 34.90s
  • Off time: 14:05:55

Full result

14:05 Wincanton Result 9th November 2013
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Melodic Rendezvous 11-10 Nick Scholfield J Scott 7 9/2
Tracked leaders, steady headway into 3rd after 3 out, not fluent next, went 2nd and challenged last, soon led, ridden out flat opened 9/2 touched 9/2
2nd Far West (FR) 11-6 S Twiston-Davies P F Nicholls 4 5/2f
Tracked leader, challenged after 3 out, led narrowly before next, ridden and hard pressed last, soon headed, kept on but held flat opened 2/1 touched 5/2 £2250-£1000(x3) £675-£300 £750-£300
3rd 3 Ahyaknowyerself (IRE) 11-7 A P McCoy Dr R D P Newland 7 10/1
Led, mistake 5th, joined after 3 out, ridden and headed narrowly before next, one pace when switched inside approaching last, no impression with front pair flat opened 10/1 touched 11/1
4th Cotton Mill 11-8 D F O'Regan J P Ferguson 6 10/3
Tracked leaders in 3rd, driven and lost place before 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression with leading trio between last 2 opened 7/2 touched 4/1 £3500-£1000 £2100-£600 £1050-£300
5th Karinga Dancer 11-7 N Fehily H Fry 7 11/4
Tracked leaders, outpaced in 5th after 3 out, beaten next opened 7/2 touched 7/2 £3500-£1000
6th Ruler of All (IRE) 10-4 Mr R Winks (7) P Winks 7 20/1
Held up behind in touch, outpaced after 3 out, ridden and no chance with leaders when hung left between last 2 and again flat opened 22/1 touched 25/1
NR Swnymor (IRE) 10-11 2nd Preference Miss R Curtis 4

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £6.00 Tote Place: £2.60,1.80
Straight Forecast: £15.90 Exacta: £12.50 Trifecta: £44.80 Swingers: 1&2:1.10 2&3:4.20 1&3:8.70

Placepot: £56.70, Pool: £108363.92, 1393.95 winning tickets
Quadpot: £26.70, Pool: £7011.14, 194.12 winning tickets

Verdict

A hugely encouraging return to action from MELODIC RENDEZVOUS who had been second favourite for the Supreme Novices' prior to being ruled out by an infection. A scopey individual who has the size to jump a fence if connections decide he's not going to make the grade over hurdles but he'll surely be given the chance to prove that he can cut the mustard with the elite two mile hurdlers following this performance. He travelled strongly, jumped well and showed a good attitude to make it five wins from just seven starts under Rules. Unfortunately for connections, this does appear to be a particularly strong division at present and Far West, to whom he was conceding 4lbs, finished fully 15 lengths behind Our Conor in the Triumph Hurdle. It's conceivable that Paul Nicholls' charge wasn't at his best that day and has improved since but it is a measure of the progress that Melodic Rendezvous needs to make in order to become a live contender for championship honours. There was plenty of confidence behind Far West suggesting that he was quite far forward but he is just four and this has to rate a very pleasing return; the handicapper can't overreact to this performance while, more immediately, it will be interesting to see if he takes his chance in the Greatwood Hurdle a week on Sunday as there are sure to be races to be one with him from around his current mark. Ahyaknowyerself had shot up the weights for winning a Listed handicap at Market Rasen in September and could well go up by another couple of pounds for this performance making it increasingly likely that the assessor will get his man sooner rather than later. Cotton Mill had gone close in the Betfair Hurdle on his reappearance last February and his strength in the market suggested that a big run was expected on his seasonal bow. However, he never jumped with any fluency and never looked like getting involved in the finish although he wasn't beaten all that far at the line. It's possible that this test didn't suit but his big run in the 2012 Neptune (going well when departing two out) is in danger of becoming a distant memory. Karinga Dancer has been in fine fettle but the morning rainfall was against him and he can be given another chance to prove himself from his revised mark following his impressive Aintree success.