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Imperious from Aura
Imperial Aura confirmed himself as one of the most exciting middle-distance chasers in training with an authoritative success in the Grade 2 Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase. Already a Cheltenham Festival winner, this was a first Graded victory for the son of Kalanisi and a third win in the race for trainer Kim Bailey but his first since 1991.
Imperial Aura’s jumping proved a huge asset throughout and he had his three rivals in trouble as he moved to the front heading into Swinley Bottom. Black Corton unseated Bryony Frost eight from home and Imperial Aura soon brushed off the challenge of Real Steel before sealing the race with two superb jumps up the home straight.
He is now as short as 7/1 for the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and connections will surely have that prize in their sights for the improving seven-year-old. Before then he could return to Ascot for the Grade 1 Betfair Ascot Chase over the same trip as today’s race.
Success keeps flowing for Bass and Bailey
The Coral Hurst Park Handicap Chase was won by First Flow to make it a double on the card for Messrs Bass and Bailey as he held off the late challenge of Amoola Gold. Turning for home most of the eight-strong field were in with a chance but First Flow carved a path passed Capeland, Magic Saint and long time leader Abbey Magic to strike the front and a sure-footed leap at the last was enough to claim the prize.
Song on tune
Song For Someone continued his progression through the hurdling ranks with a second consecutive Grade 2 victory in the Coral Hurdle. Bounced out in front by Nico de Boinville, he barely saw another rival with a slick round of jumping and put clear daylight between himself and his two rivals Laurina and Call Me Lord up the straight.
Best of the rest
Earlier on the card Shang Tang finally got his head in front at the ninth time of asking when winning the Coral "Fail To Finish" Free Bet Novices' Hurdle for Emma Lavelle under James Bowen. He stayed on well from favourite Southfield Harvest and his future must surely lie over staying trips.
Kerry Lee and Richard Patrick continued their good form when teaming up to win the Play The Coral "Racing Super Series" Novices' Limited Handicap Chase with Demachine. He’s now two from two over fences and looks to have an exciting future for his connections.
The ride of the day must surely go to Bridget Andrews who was as cool as you like on Robin Gold when winning the Veolia Mares' Handicap Hurdle for Dan Skelton. Having quietly snuck into the race around the home turn she pounced late to deny the front-running Midnightreflection on the line.
Wonderwall landed the concluding Coral Supporting Prostate Cancer UK Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race to make it a double for jockey James Bowen. The Richard Spencer trained youngster got the better of Her Majesty The Queen’s Hamilton Fantasy and Top Of The Bill with all three likely to have bright futures ahead of them.
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