Violin to stay in tune
Anita Chambers previews Friday's race meetings in the UK and Ireland with Violin Davis well fancied on the card at Bangor.
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BANGOR: 1.30 Golden Hoof, 2.00 VIOLIN DAVIS (NAP), 2.35 My Flora, 3.10 Sherwani Wolf, 3.45 Engai, 4.20 August Hill, 4.50 Noble Ben.
DUNDALK: 5.50 Elusive Gent, 6.20 Sword Of Light, 6.50 Sacred Dragon, 7.20 Core Element, 7.50 Balmont Flyer, 8.20 Saint By Day, 8.50 Busted Tycoon, 9.20 Noverre Princess.
KEMPTON: 1.10 Thundering Home, 1.40 Polly Peachum, 2.15 Kie, 2.50 Wings Of Icarus, 3.25 Champion Court, 4.00 Pete The Feat, 4.30 Master Malt.
NEWCASTLE: 1.20 Royal Mile, 1.50 Dingo Bay, 2.25 Broadway Buffalo, 3.00 Tipsy Dara, 3.35 Mary Milan, 4.10 Fightstar, 4.40 Copt Hill.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.00 Sunrise Dance, 5.30 Whipphound, 6.00 Glennten, 6.30 Green Special, 7.00 Waving, 7.30 Boom To Bust, 8.00 Lignum Vitae, 8.30 Cut The Cackle.
DOUBLE: Violin Davis and Champion Court.
Violin Davis made it second-time lucky when winning over fences at Newbury last time and she can enhance her tally in the EBF/TBA Mares' Novices' Chase at Bangor on Friday.
A Grade Two winner over hurdles, Violin Davis came up against a decent runner in Buddy Bolero on her chasing bow but fared much better against her own sex in Berkshire.
An 11-length winner that day, Harry Fry's charge barely came out of second gear and should go well again in this event.
Champion Court returns to Kempton as he completes his Cheltenham Festival preparations in the kempton.co.uk Graduation Chase.
He was last seen at this track on Boxing Day, when he finished a creditable fourth in the King George after failing to see out the three-mile trip on very testing ground.
That was still an excellent effort, though, and confirmed the promise of a sterling novice campaign last term, when he claimed second places in Grade Two events at Cheltenham and Aintree.
Trainer Martin Keighley is targeting the Ryanair Chase at next month's Festival for Champion Court and this should prove the ideal preparation.
Dingo Bay is evidently no world-beater, with a rating of just 76 over fences, but should be good enough in the Barbour Handicap Chase at Newcastle.
Boom To Bust can make a winning start at Wolverhampton for new trainer Sean Curran.
The five-year-old was a fair performer in Ireland for Ger Lyons, notching three wins in total, including a defeat of subsequent Group One scorer Gordon Lord Byron in August 2011.
Obviously Boom To Bust has not matched that rival's rate of improvement but he has held his own, winning twice more for Lyons before transferring to the care of Paul Rich at the end of last summer to have a crack over hurdles.
While that plan did not work out, Boom To Bust showed he was no lost hope when returned to the all-weather track to finish fourth on his most recent outing over nine furlongs.
He plugged away that day, suggesting this step up in trip should suit.
A slight ease in the weights might also aid his cause in the Choose The Right Bookie At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap at Wolverhampton.
Waving finally lost his maiden tag at the eighth time of asking last month and can follow up in the coral.co.uk Mobile Betting Handicap now his confidence is riding high.
The four-year-old drew a blank in four starts for John Oxx last term and was another who has been tried over hurdles, only to return to the all-weather sphere.
That proved a shrewd move as he scored at Lingfield on his latest effort, when a first-time tongue tie saw him prevail by nearly three lengths.
He sports that breathing aid again and with just a 2lb rise to contend with, he could make it a quickfire double.