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Betfred Bowl Chase (Grade 1) 3m 1f

  • (5yo+, 3m 1f, Class 1, 8 runners)
  • Winner £84,405 2nd £31,800 3rd £15,915 4th £7,950 5th £3,990 6th £1,995 7th £990 8th £510
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft in places; National: Good to Soft, Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 25.40s
  • Off time: 14:30:51
Full result
Result 14:30 Aintree
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 First Lieutenant 7/2
2nd 3 Menorah ¾ 14/1
3rd 5 Silviniaco Conti 1 Evsf
  • Last Updated: April 3 2013, 17:20 BST

View from connections ahead of the Betfred Bowl at Aintree on Thursday.

Silviniaco Conti: Warm favourite for the Betfred Bowl
Silviniaco Conti: Warm favourite for the Betfred Bowl

Silviniaco Conti will attempt to atone for a late fall in the Cheltenham Gold Cup when he contests the Betfred Bowl at Aintree on Thursday.

Paul Nicholls' chaser was still travelling well within himself in the blue riband event when he came down at the third-last fence.

"It was just one of those things, who knows what would have happened," said Nicholls.

"He was travelling nicely but we move on, that's all we can do.

"He seems in good form at home but it's always hard to judge the horses who have been trained for Cheltenham when you take them to Aintree, it's obviously completely different.

"We'll give it a go. He was prepared for Cheltenham, not Aintree, but he seems very well at home."

Trainer Mouse Morris expects the step back up in trip to suit First Lieutenant, who finished runner-up in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham.

Bryan Cooper, who has ridden First Lieutenant on his last four starts, keeps the mount.

"He's back up in trip. He gets three miles no problem at all," said Morris.

"If anything he just lacked a bit of toe (at Cheltenham) but I'm not worried at all about going up in trip.

"He ran a good race in the Ryanair and I'm sure he'll go well again."

The Giant Bolster ran another solid race in the Gold Cup, following up his second place finish last year with a fine fourth.

Trainer David Bridgwater said: "He's come out of the Gold Cup fine.

"He lost 10 lengths with a mistake at the top of the hill and was also slow at the second-last. Without those mistakes he'd have been bang there.

"It's only his jumping that is letting him down at present. He's been second and fourth in a Gold Cup so imagine how good he could be.

"He should have his ground now but that's the same for all of them.

"Every time he's met Silviniaco Conti he's been beaten seven lengths so we're hoping to get a bit closer. There's also the Irish horses to beat.

"If he can bring home some prize-money to pay for the diesel I'll be happy."

Jockey Richard Johnson is looking for the Philip Hobbs-trained Menorah to put a disappointing display in the Ryanair Chase behind him.

He is stepping back up the three miles having finished well behind Silviniaco Conti and The Giant Bolster at Newbury in February in testing ground.

"The much better ground should help him, it's been too soft for him on his last two runs," said Johnson.

"Fingers crossed he can put his Ryanair run behind him.

"We know he likes the track as he won a Grade One there last year and I don't think the trip will be an issue on this ground."

Cape Tribulation finished fifth in the Gold Cup for Malcolm Jefferson.

"The ground drying up shouldn't bother him, he goes on anything, he's pretty versatile with regards to tracks and ground," said Jefferson.

"He was a bit quiet for a week after the Gold Cup so we left him alone but he had a little blow (on Tuesday) and looks fantastic again.

"What's in the back of my mind is that the Gold Cup was only three weeks ago and horses have harder races on soft ground that good ground like it was last year.

"There's not as many Gold Cup class horses in this and he has nothing else to go for really. I think he's better left-handed so we couldn't really take him to Punchestown."


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