Nick Scholfield

02nd March 2015

All roads lead to Exeter for Super Sunday

5/2/2015 The recent cold snap has put paid to several meetings and it was good to go to Huntington yesterday where I had several rides including Giveitachance and Daveron who both finished third.

This morning I am heading to Harry Fry’s for 7am when I will be having a school on Jolly’s Cracked It who I ride in the Betfair Hurdle tomorrow at Newbury. I’ve won on him twice and he’s a horse I really like. It’s one of the most competitive handicaps of the season but the race has a good record for novices. Jolly’s Cracked It is relatively unexposed for his first run in a handicap. Harry also runs Activial who ran well in the Ascot Hurdle. Noel Fehily is riding him and he’ll be in schooling today as well.

It’s a very hot race with Willie Mullins likely to run Wicklow Brave and Paul running Calipto.

Then I head up the M6 to Bangor on Dee where I have just one ride – Great Try -  for Paul Nichols in the EBF National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle. He’s unexposed and ran well on his hurdles debut at Newbury in December. I rode him twice before that in bumpers and he gave me a good feel. He’s run well in defeat in better races and although it’s a hot race on paper, we like our horse a lot and the track and ground will suit.

Its interesting to see that Zara Phillips also has her first runner under rules with Act of Kalanisi running in the hunter chase.

Tomorrow I am at Newbury where I have a nice book of rides. Hopefully I will start the day off on a good note on Emerging Talent for Paul in the novice hurdle. He was unlucky to fall last time, but I’ve schooled him since and he jumped very well.

In the second race I ride Provo. He’s been off the track for a while after he picked up an injury but he’s a nice horse.

All roads will be leading to Exeter this Sunday where a terrific day of racing is in prospect. It’s a really good card which has been very well supported and hopefully it won’t be long before they get a grade one on the track because they really deserve it. I strongly recommend anyone with a love of racing to head to Haldon Hill on Sunday as it will be a terrific day.

There’s a really good two mile listed novice hurdle. Vibrato Valtat won it last year and it did him no harm. He’s running in the Kingmaker Novice Chase at Warwick tomorrow and he’s as short as 12-1 for the Racing Post Arkle, although it will be an uphill task beating Un De Sceaux.

The veteran’s race looks a very good race and Rebel Rebellion, ridden by a friend of mine Jack Sherwood, is likely to go off favourite. These races give horses a great opportunity and its great initiative with a £100,000 final at Sandown in 2016.

I saw Melodic Rendezvous, who runs in the novice chase, at Jeremy Scott’s on Wednesday. He’s looking very well, but he’s had a tiny injury, nothing serious at all, but he did miss a bit of work at the beginning of the year.  First and foremost we will be looking for a clear round and another confidence giving run.

He impressed me at Bangor but Sunday’s race is very hot with horses like Josses Hill running. Paul has entered a few horses too. Whatever  Melodic Rendezvous does, he’ll be a better horse next time. Exeter is a great place for a novice chaser so it will give him more miles on the clock.

I have a busy week next week starting at Plumpton on Monday where Dashul has a good chance. Its good to be busy again as the beginning of this week was very boring because everything was off.