Valmari would have a chance at the weights in this but her jumping has let her down on occasions and she may lack the scope of some of her rivals. There aren't that many mares only novice chases in the calendar and most of these have clashed at some time this season. Fentara beat Micro Mission by almost 40 lengths at Kelso in January and was far from disgraced when third in a Grade 2 at Wetherby last month. Jackies Solitaire and Marie Des Anges have taken well to the larger obstacles while there should be more to come from Urgence D'estruval and Tara Rose came good at Bangor last month. But the classy VIOLIN DAVIS has already beaten the latter pair and Jackies Solitaire this term and, despite conceding weight all round, can complete the four-timer.
Violin Davis (FR) 1-3fav (11-10) Tracked leader, led approaching when not fluent 8th, drew clear after 3 out, unextended, won at Plumpton 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) gs in Feb beating Annimation (10-9) by 19l, 5 ran.
Urgence D'estruval (FR) 6-1 (11-11) Held up in 4th, went 3rd at 5th, ridden and held before not fluent 3 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 7, 17l behind Nozic (10-10) at Kempton 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Feb.
Jackies Solitaire 4-6fav (11-1) Jumped well, tracked leader, bumped 2nd, led 11th, clear from 14th, very easily, won at Warwick 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) sft beating Southway Star (10-10) by 35l, 7 ran.
Fentara 10-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway before 9th, challed 4 out, every chance 2 out, one pace when blundered last, kept on and no impression, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Goulanes (11-0) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov chs G2 (1) sft in Feb.
Valmari (IRE) 50-1 (10-10) Led, headed 3rd until led again next, blundered and headed soon after after 6th and reminders, chased leader until ridden 4 out, lost 3rd and weakened approaching 3 out, no chance when blundered last, 5th of 6, 41l behind Prospect Wells (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) sft in Feb.
Tara Rose 11-4fav (11-11) Tracked leaders in 4th, hit 3 out, headway under pressure before next, led last, ridden clear flat, won at Bangor 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Feb beating Kykate (11-11) by 5l, 6 ran.
Micro Mission (IRE) 5-2 (10-5) Led, headed 2nd, left in lead and hampered 5th, made rest, ridden 3 out, stayed on strongly, won at Carlisle 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) hvy in Feb beating Bollin Fiona (10-7) by 9l, 4 ran.
Lucy's Legend (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Last pair, dropped to rear 8th, struggling after, tailed off, 7th of 8, 34l behind Midnight Sail (11-11) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Feb.
Marie Des Anges (FR) 6-4fav (11-1) Tracked leaders, not fluent 8th or 5 out, went 2nd after 4 out, led next, clear before being steadied into last, ridden out, won at Newbury 2m 2f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd beating Red Rouble (10-12) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Niki Royal (FR) 6-1 (11-13) Mid-division, headway after 5th, led 6th, headed 3 out, weakened next, 4th of 16, 38l behind Xaarcet (11-0) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Feb.
Glen Countess (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Chased leader from 3rd until after 2 out, left 2nd last until no extra near finish, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Papamoa (11-7) at Newcastle 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft.