Colin Parker Memorial Chase
Listed, Carlisle 14:40
£24,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 4f, Class 1   
Sunday 1st November 2020


1 Imperial Aura 7/4F
2 Windsor Avenue 11/2
3 Sam Brown 11/2
6 ran Distances: 2½l, ½l, 1¾l
Time: 5m 15.81s (slow by 16.81s)

Kim Bailey admits he has some thinking to do over future targets after Imperial Aura made a faultless return to action at Carlisle.

A winner at the Cheltenham Festival in March, Imperial Aura was sent off 7-4 favourite in a strong field of six well-regarded horses.

David Bass was happy to take a lead for the first two miles, with Sam Brown and Black Op keen to get on with things.

As the field turned into the straight, Imperial Aura moved upsides, and some spectacular leaps took him to the lead – which he was not to relinquish as he powered up the hill to beat Windsor Avenue by two and a half lengths, with Sam Brown losing little in defeat in third carrying a penalty.

The victory means Imperial Aura will pick up a penalty for this month’s Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham – for which he is 6-1 joint-favourite, and would almost certainly be top weight, leaving Bailey with a big decision to make.

“He was very impressive, and I’m absolutely delighted with him,” he said.

“Hopefully he’s going to improve for the race as well, so we’ve got lots to think about.

“The weights for the Paddy Power come out on Tuesday – but he’ll get a penalty, so I have to sit and think where we’ll go.

“We ran him over three miles last year, so I have no issue at all about stepping him up to three miles.

“When I was watching it I couldn’t believe it when he came back on the bridle four out – I’m really pleased. I’m also pleased for Ian Robinson (of Imperial Racing syndicate, who own Imperial Aura) – because he’s a big part of the yard, so it’s great to have a good horse for them.”

Trainers Quotes

Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase
£24,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 4f, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Heavy

1      Imperial Aura 7 11-6 Kim Bailey David Bass 7/4F
Windsor Avenue 8 11-2 Brian Ellison Brian Hughes 11/2
½ Sam Brown 8 11-8 Anthony Honeyball Harry Cobden 11/2
Black Op 9 11-2 Tom George Jonathan Burke 13/2
Ardlethen 7 11-2 Dan Skelton Harry Skelton 25/1
6 8 Brewin'upastorm 7 11-2 Aidan Coleman Olly Murphy 11/4