Scott's Elite plan for Melodic
Jeremy Scott hopes to learn more about Melodic Rendezvous when he runs in the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton next month.
Runner-up to Champagne Fever at the Punchestown Festival last year, the seven-year-old won three of his four starts over hurdles last season, with wins at Cheltenham and Exeter sandwiching his Grade One triumph in Sandown's Tolworth Hurdle.
He missed the spring festivals at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown after contracting a virus and his trainer is looking forward to seeing him return to competitive action at Wincanton on November 9.
"He's in very good form and the current plan is we're going to aim for the Elite at Wincanton. Based on the result of that we'll decide whether we carry on over hurdles or switch to fences," Scott told At The Races.
"We have unfinished business (over hurdles) as a result of the virus last year (season), so we really don't know how good he is. That will be the tester at Wincanton, hopefully.
"We tried desperately hard to try to get him to Aintree and also Punchestown, but every time you upped the work he scoped dirty again. It's unfortunate, they just need time to get over it.
"In the long run it may be the best thing because if we'd run him at 99% perhaps we might have done some damage."