Who To Follow At Aintree On Saturday - 04/12/21

Aintree - December 04 2021
Aintree 14:05
David Bass

Imperial Aura

David Bass
Kim Bailey
Age: 8
Weight: 11-6
OR: 161
Days: 14

The feature event of the day on Merseyside is the Grade Two Many Clouds Chase and Imperial Aura, although needing to reverse his form, he looks the value in the field off the best of his form.

Kim Bailey’s charge looked like a top-class chaser in the making in the early stages of last season, winning his first two starts at Carlisle and Ascot, before slightly disappointing when pulling up at Cheltenham in the Ryanair Chase after being fancied to win his first career Grade One.

His figures for his last three races do not read well with an unseat, being pulled up and falling but before his step up to three miles in the Betfair Chase last time out he was niggled at in the betting to suggest they expected a big run.

On his day he is a superb horse and if being lenient with his recent form he has a big chance, with plenty of horses in this race having plenty of negatives.


Trainer To Follow - Olly Murphy

Olly Murphy might not of had the rub of the green last season with his horses, but he has certainly made up for it this term banging in the winners up and down the country.

On Saturday at Aintree he has some seriously live chances that could see him back in the winners enclosure, and the first comes in the opener withe smart Bombs Away looking to land back to back races over hurdles.

His best chance of the day comes in the final contest, with Tamar Bridge starting life in handicaps and he looks extremely well treated off a mark of 128.

Murphy heads into the weekend with a strike rate of 35% for the last two weeks, managing to churn out eight winners from his last 23 runners.

Jockey To Follow - Aidan Coleman

Aidan Coleman is a jockey that is getting more and more chances on the big horses in the big races and on Saturday has some live chances.

In the opening race of the day he teams up with Olly Murphy to ride Bombs Away who could be tough to beat if improving again.

Another nice mount of his comes in the Listed Mares Chase where he sits on Elimay for the Closutton maestro Willie Mullins, with her being an odds on shot.

In the Becher chase, Coleman rides the smart mare Snow Leopardess who was a bold winner last time out at Bangor and could back that up here.

The Irishman comes into the weekend posing a strike rate of 21%, having managed to land four winners from his last 19 rides over the last two weeks.

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing