Betfred Bowl Chase (Grade 1) 3m 1f
- (5yo+, 3m 1f, Class 1, 6 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 (National Course: Good to Soft, Good in places)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 21.90s
- Off time: 14:32:02
|1st||6 Silviniaco Conti||9/4|
Argocat (IRE) 47
|6||161 11-7||T J Taaffe||A P McCoy||149||25/1|
Dynaste (FR) 21
|8||161 11-7||D Pipe||T Scudamore||169||13/8f|
First Lieutenant (IRE) 53
|9||161 11-7 p||M F Morris||B J Geraghty||164||10/3|
Houblon Des Obeaux (FR) 20
|7||161 11-7||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||158||25/1|
Menorah (IRE) 21
|9||161 11-7||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||166||12/1|
Silviniaco Conti (FR) 20
|8||161 11-7||P F Nicholls||N Fehily||177||9/4|
First Lieutenant (IRE)
||8||11-7||M F Morris||B J Cooper||7/2|
Cheltenham doesn't seem to suit Silviniaco Conti but he gave his all when fourth in the Gold Cup and finished a long way ahead of Houblon Des Obeaux. He beat Ryanair Chase winner Dynaste fair and square in the King George and won a Grade 2 novice chase at this meeting two years ago. Possibly an unlucky loser in this 12 months ago, he shouldn't be far away again but last year's winner FIRST LIEUTENANT looks as though he's been kept back for another tilt having by-passed Cheltenham. Mouse Morris' charge almost beat Bob's Worth in the Lexus in December and is a genuine Grade 1 chaser. Last year's second Menorah has a bit to prove at present and Gowran scorer Argocat will have to run the race of his life to keep up with the majority of these.
Silviniaco Conti (FR) 11-4 (11-10) Mid-division in touch, tracked leaders 17th, led narrowly 4 out, ridden and hard pressed when edged left flat, soon headed and hung right, no extra, 4th of 13, 2l behind Lord Windermere (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m 2f chs G1 (1) gd in Mar.
Dynaste (FR) 3-1fav (11-10) Held up towards rear, headway 12th, closed to take 3rd 2 out, challenged last, soon led, driven and stayed on well, edged right towards finish, won at Cheltenham 2m 5f Grade 1 chs (1) gd in Mar beating Hidden Cyclone (11-10) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Argocat (IRE) 10-1 (11-8) Held up, mainly 3rd, progress into 2nd after 4 out, challenged entering straight, led 3 out, soon ridden, mistake last and strongly pressed, all out run-in, kept on well under pressure, won at Gowran Park 2m 4f chs Grd 2 (1) hvy in Feb beating Turban (11-3) by 3/4l, 4 ran.
First Lieutenant (IRE) 7-4fav (11-10) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, 3rd 2 out, ridden in 2nd and no impression on winner entering straight, under pressure and kept on one pace, no extra run-in and dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Last Instalment (11-10) at Leopardstown 3m Grade 1 chs (1) in Feb.
Menorah (IRE) 15-2 (11-10) In touch in mid-division, lost place 12th, well beaten 4 out, 10th of 11, well behind Dynaste (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f Grade 1 chs (1) gd in Mar.
Houblon Des Obeaux (FR) 50-1 (11-10) Raced wide, held up in touch, outpaced when mistake 4 out, weakened next, 9th of 13, 25l behind Lord Windermere (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m 2f chs G1 (1) gd in Mar.