Cheltenham Festival: Imperial Aura powers to Northern Trust Company Handicap Chase glory

Imperial Aura justified strong market support to win the Northern Trust Company Novices’ Handicap Chase for Kim Bailey and David Bass.

Second twice at Cheltenham already this season, he was sent off the 4-1 joint-favourite and stayed on powerfully up the hill.

For the second time in the afternoon Davy Russell turned into the straight with a double handful – this time on Galvin – but once more he had to settle for second best on the other market leader.

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Imperial Aura relished the climb to the line, pulling three-and-a-quarter lengths clear. Hold The Note was third at 10/1 with Whatmore (16/1) back in fourth.

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