Kim Bailey Interview: Imperial Aura, Vinndication and new hopes for the season

Kim Bailey Interview: Imperial Aura, Vinndication and new hopes for the season

Kim Bailey gives us his thoughts on his stable stars and their plans for the season

Kim Bailey has started the new National Hunt season in fine form, firing in a number of winners in the last few weeks.

Kim kindly spoke to oddschecker about some of his string, including Cheltenham hero Imperial Aura and the exciting Vinndication. He also sounded keen on a promising five-year-old who will take to hurdles for the first time this season. 

Cheltenham hero Imperial Aura has summered well

Imperial Aura won emphatically at Cheltenham in the Northern Trust Company Novices’ Handicap Chase to round off a strong debut season over fences. Kim is very pleased with how he has been over the summer too. 

He said: “I’m delighted with him, he’s summered very, very well. His victory at Cheltenham was brilliant. The plan to start off this season is to go to Carlisle for the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase at the start of November.” 

Vinndication could be a Gold Cup horse

Vinndication won brilliantly at Ascot in November before finishing fourth in the Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham. But just how good does Bailey think his seven-year-old chaser could be? 

He said: “I very much hope Vinndication will be a Gold Cup horse but he has got to go and prove it. He will need to improve another 10lb. We will start him off by going to either the Grade Two Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby in November, or maybe back to Ascot (Sodexo Gold Cup) that weekend where he won last year.

Welsh Grand National on the cards for Newtide

Newtide won twice last season including at Grade Two level at Wetherby before finishing sixth in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham In March. Bailey is eyeing up a big prize for his seven-year-old this season.

Kim said: “He will have an entry for the Welsh Grand National, whether he’s good enough to run there I don’t know. He’s a horse who wants extreme distances. He ran well at in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham for a long time and then his wind cut out. He’s had a wind operation since then so hopefully that will make a difference." 

 

First Flow set for another productive season

Kim thinks First Flow will have another good season, but emphasised how much he needs heavy ground. 

He said: “He will stick to around two miles, he could get further, he would get two and a half miles but he needs to have heavy ground. The season before last he only ran once because we couldn’t find any heavy ground. He makes heavy ground feel like good ground!”

The Edgar Wallace an exciting hurdling prospect

Kim was excited by The Edgar Wallace, who will take to hurdling this year after looking a smart horse in bumpers last season, culminating in a victory at Hereford in March. 

He said: “He’s a very nice horse. I was amazed he even got beat in his first two bumpers last season but he somehow managed to! He’s summered very well, he jumps very well and he’s another month away from running. I would probably think 2m5f would be his trip. He’s got stacks of speed and he relaxes nicely.”

Subway Surf to go chasing

Subway Surf struggled over hurdles last season having shown a lot of promise in bumpers. She is set to go chasing this year.

Kim added: “She was never right last year, I was never happy with her, it wasn’t her season. She had a good season the season before. She jumps very well and she’s going chasing this year. She was due to run this weekend but won’t be anymore.

Asked if he could give one handicapper to follow this season, he said: “I would have to say Subway Surf.”

He sounded confident she will take to chasing and we should see a different horse this season. 

Thanks to Kim for his time and best of luck for the season. 

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