Violin bids for five on the spin at Cheltenham
VIOLIN DAVIS, winner of her last four starts over fences, bids to make it five in a row today as the second day of Cheltenham's April fixture gives top billing to the mares.
Trainer Harry Fry's prolific performer has top weight in the final of the EBF/Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares Novices' Chase, a race transferred to Cheltenham after the abandonment of the March 25 Newbury fixture at which it was due to be run and one of three races devoted to distaffers
Violin Davis, winner of a Grade 2 over hurdles last season for Paul Nicholls, has won all four chases this year to rise to a 133 rating identical to her hurdles handicap but her latest win was achieved only after race leader Nataani came down at the last fence.
Fry said: "She came out and won fortuitously at Taunton last time but she'd done nothing wrong in mares' novices chases up to then. She's come out of Taunton well and finds herself under top weight and in good form. It's great that the race has been rearranged having been lost from Newbury. It's a great opportunity for these mares."
The race features two runners from the stable of Anthony Honeyball including Marie Des Anges, who has waited for the re-run final. "This is her little Gold Cup and if she runs to the form of her Newbury win, she will be bang there," said the trainer who also saddles Jackies Solitaire.
The going at Cheltenham is good to soft, good in places with the first race scheduled for 2pm. The ground at Newmarket for day two of the Craven meeting has dried to good to firm (from good) following a rain-free night.
Cheltenham Good to soft, good in places
Newmarket good to firm