Muscle excuse for Melodic

Melodic Rendezvous has been found to have pulled a muscle when disappointing connections in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle.

The Tolworth and Elite Hurdle winner was expected to be the main rival to My Tent Of Yours, but never put in a serious challenge and was only fifth.

"We felt it was below par. We scoped him on the day and that was fine. We blood-tested him and there was a slightly high white blood cell count on that, but probably more significantly he seems to have torn a muscle in his quarters," trainer Jeremy Scott told At The Races.

"It sounds like an excuse, but I felt it was definitely below his best and that may have been the reason.

"His attributes are that he jumps and travels and then he fights out a finish. I never felt at any stage in the race that he was doing any of those three, so it was disappointing.

"It was the quickest ground he'd ever raced on as well, so that may have been a factor too.

"We'll very much wait until we get him back right as rain, hopefully. We'll probably find something in the middle of January, but at the moment we just want to wait and see how he is."