Imperial Aura was a useful novice hurdler last season and, though it was hard to gauge anything concrete from his chasing debut when finishing alone at Fakenham, he shaped with plenty of promise when runner-up to the potentially smart Pym at Cheltenham last time.
Imperial Aura appeared not to fully stay the extended three miles on that occasion, and he looks to have plenty going for him now back in trip and handicapping. An opening mark of 136 looks fair and there should be even more to come from him over fences, so is a confident selection.
Allart shaped promisingly in a bumper on his sole start last season and, given his starting price on hurdling debut at Ascot in November, it is fair to say that a bold showing was expected. However, he had an unfortunate experience, pulling hard and chasing the leader when unsighted and falling at the first.
He very much looks the part, though, and his bumper form is above average, so granted that experience hasn’t had a negative effect, he should prove a tough nut to crack.
This is a weak apprentice handicap and Kybosh is taken to deservedly get his head in front. He has been well found in the market the last twice, but may have found his latest run at this track coming too soon after just two days off.
He leaves the impression that he will be suited by this longer trip and, with a good claimer on board, he ought to go well at slightly bigger odds than he has previously been.