Grade 2-winning hurdler Violin Davis bids for a third novice chase winPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Violin Davis out to continue Fry's good form
THE talented Violin Davis, who contested the mares' hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last year, will bid to continue the impressive start she has made to a novice chasing career and continue trainer Harry Fry's recent form, over 2m4f at Plumpton.
Victory over Kentford Grey Lady in a Grade 2 at Ascot last January booked her ticket to the festival, when Fry was still under Paul Nicholls' wing. But this season, after a disappointing start over hurdles, she has been switched to chases.
Defeat followed on her first start, but since then Violin Davis is two from two in novice company, and kept to her own sex again, she is a best-priced 1-3 shot for the 2.40.
Askar, who has been highly tried on his first two starts for Gary Moore, taking on the likes of River Maigue and Valdez, is dropped in class in the opening 2m maiden hurdle (2.10pm), while in the amateur riders' handicap chase the Venetia Williams-trained Jupiter Rex is bidding for a four-timer.
The day's all-weather action comes from Kempton and Wolverhampton, where Monumental Man, Holy Angel and M J Woodward, who have won their last eight starts between them, contest the opening handicap (2.30pm).
Plumpton Good to Soft, Soft in places on the hurdles course