Melodic Rendezvous: "good-to-soft or soft ground would be ideal"PICTURE: Getty Images
Scholfield: Melodic can show how good he is
TUESDAY'S Stan James Champion Hurdle is shaping up to be one of the hottest in years, but jockey Nick Scholfield has revealed his confidence in his mount Melodic Rendezvous, whom he hopes can rattle his big-race rivals.
Two-time winner Hurricane Fly and The New One head the Champion Hurdle betting, followed by Our Conor, My Tent Or Yours and Jezki.
The Jeremy Scott-trained Melodic Rendezvous, who missed last year's Supreme Novices' Hurdle when well fancied, is 20-1, but Scholfield thinks he can outrun those odds.
Owned by the Cash For Honours syndicate, the eight-year-old is three from four this term - his only defeat coming in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle behind My Tent Or Yours at Newcastle in November.
However, he was not right that day and Scholfield is keen to see him prove his class at Cheltenham next week.
In an interview in Friday's Racing Post, the rider said: "He never got to take his chance in the Supreme and this is his opportunity to prove what a good horse he is.
"He's got a reputation as a heavy-ground specialist but that's not his fault, it's all he's run on. I think good-to-soft or soft ground would be ideal."
Scholfield, who also rides Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle favourite Irving on Tuesday, added: "Melodic has never taken on horses of that calibre when he's been at his peak. He's not a flashy type like My Tent Or Yours, who I have a lot of respect for, he's never going to win on the bridle but he does whatever you ask and hopefully he can prove he is that class."
Read more from Nick Scholfield in Friday's Racing Post or download the iPad edition