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Melodic Rendezvous out of Supreme Novices' Hurdle

ESPN staff
March 11, 2013
Race competitors took to the gallops on Monday ahead of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival © PA Photos

The Supreme Novices' Hurdle will boast 12 runners at the Cheltenham Festival, but Melodic Rendezvous will be missing from the field.

My Tent Or Yours heads the field as favourite, but Jeremy Scott's Melodic Rendezvous is absent after reportedly scoping badly.

Nicky Henderson is represented by both the favourite and River Maigue, while Jezki - unbeaten in four starts over hurdles - also features.

Last year's Champion Bumper winner Champagne Fever will be ridden by Ruby Walsh, with the list completed by Un Atout, Pique Sous, Cheltenian, Puffin Billy, Dodging Bullets, Cause Of Causes, Fire King and Ostentation.

The Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase will see seven horses set off, with Simonsig the big favourite for Henderson. Simonsig is unbeaten in two starts over fences and is expected to be too strong for main rival Overturn.

Arvika Ligeonniere, Baily Green, His Excellency, Majala and Tap Night complete the line-up.

And in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, which takes place Wednesday, Sprinter Sacre faces six rivals. Three horses missed the final declarations, notably stablemate Finian's Rainbow and Cue Card.

Realt Dubh was the other horse to miss out. Mail de Bievre, Tataniano, Sanctuaire, Sizing Europe, Somersby and Wishfull Thinking complete the field.

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