Violin hits right note for Fry
A review of Monday's action from Plumpton where Harry Fry's Violin Davis impressed over fences.
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Harry Fry enjoyed a red-letter day when Opening Batsman won the Racing Plus Chase on Saturday and Violin Davis kept up the good work with a bloodless success at Plumpton.
Lining up in the EBF/TBA Mares' Novices' Chase, the former Grade Two hurdles winner kept her momentum going over the larger obstacles with a comfortable 19-length verdict to make it a hat-trick.
Previous wins at Newbury and Bangor saw Violin Davis sent off the 1/3 favourite and she barely missed a fence, pulling clear three out to coast home from Annimation.
"She did what we expected her to do. She just popped away there and she's done it nicely. She enjoyed the better ground there," said winning rider Noel Fehily.
"She got a bit close (to one) but on the whole she jumped very well.
"The mares' final (EBF/TBA Mares' Novices Chase, March 23) at Newbury is probably her target and it's been her target all along.
"She's done nothing wrong so far so, touch wood, she goes there in good shape now."
Leviathan was perhaps a fortunate winner of the opening attheraces.com Exclusive Barry Geraghty Blog Maiden Hurdle to initiate a double for trainer Venetia Williams.
Little Dutch Girl looked set to throw down a real challenge to the front-running Leviathan (9/4 favourite) only for Ourmanmassini to drift across the track, taking Little Dutch Girl and Shuh Shuh Gah with him.
That left Leviathan sitting pretty and while he rapped the last, Aidan Coleman sat tight for a length-and-a-half win over the rallying Little Dutch Girl.
"I'm particularly pleased about this horse. I bought him at the sales very cheaply in November and he was just a horse I thought would be a fun horse for hurdling," Williams told At The Races.
"Harry Ansell, who is a good friend of mine, and his wife Miriam took him on about a week after I bought him. It's the first time he's had a winner and those colours were his grandfather's.
"He did (clatter through the last) and there were other heartstopping things going on in behind which possibly helped our cause."
Jupiter Rex (10/11 favourite) completed the brace as he claimed the Windsor Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase in the hands of William Biddick.
He was left in front when Global Warming crashed out at the second-last fence, cruising home by two and a half lengths from Massini Sunset.
"He just took a lap to warm up really. He got bumped on the inside early on and went wide, got bumped a bit and took a while to warm up," said Biddick.
"The horse (that fell) at the second-last was tying up a bit I think and he just pricked his ears when he got to the front. It was a good training performance."
Tornado In Milan (7/4 favourite) has responded favourably to the application of a hood and was thoroughly impressive in winning the attheraces.com On Your iPad Handicap Hurdle.
Winner of a bumper back in 2011, Tornado In Milan had lost his way slightly but trainer Evan Williams put a hood on him last time and after finishing third that day, he stepped up to see off Engai by five lengths.
Jockey Paul Moloney said: "I won a bumper on him and I loved him, but things just didn't go quite right for him.
"He's probably going to be a three-mile chaser but we need to get his head right, hence he is wearing a hood.
"It's definitely working and the lads have done some job at home because he's by no means an easy ride."
Royal Kicks (8/1) scored for local trainer Suzy Smith in the Albion In The Community Handicap Hurdle while Midnight Lira (4/1 favourite) held off Southway Queen by a short head in the At The Races Virgin 534 Mares' Handicap Hurdle.