Who To Follow At Ascot On Saturday

Horse To Follow - Imperial Aura

One of the feature races on the Ascot card is the Grade Two 1965 Chase over 2m5f and Imperial Aura for Kim Bailey takes the eye for us.

The seven year old last season rose through the chasing ranks, racing four times at Cheltenham placing in two smart events before going on to win another two.

One of those wins came at the festival in the 20 runner Listed Novices' Handicap Chase and the form line he holds has been franked by many horses throughout last season.

The superstar stepped up for his seasonal debut at Carlisle last week in the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Listed Chase up against some proven chasers.

However, the gelding showed massive improvement to land the event and now his handler is stepping him up to Grade Two company on Saturday.

Trainer To Follow - Kim Bailey

Kim Bailey has been a man to follow since the return of jumps racing so far this term landing winners up and down the country and at Ascot on Saturday he has some live chances.

During the last two weeks the handler has had five winners from a possible 26 runners which sees him pose a strike rate of just under 20%.

On Saturday he fields his stable star Imperial Aura in the Grade Two 1965 Christy Chase, who will be looking to back up his win at Carlisle on seasonal debut and he also fields smart chaser First Flow who has a 50% win record over the bigger obstacles.

Jockey To Follow - Harry Cobden

Harry Cobden has some superb rides on Saturday at Ascot, mostly for his retained trainer Paul Nicholls with the Ditcheat team in superb form this term.

Cobden alone in the last two weeks has had 13 winners from 52 runners which sees him running at a superb 25% strike rate and has some live chances to add to that at the weekend.

In the first race of the day he sits on favourite Southfield Harvest for the same connections as Topofthegame and also in the Christy Chase gets the mount on Real Steel who finished sixth in the Gold Cup when last seen.

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