Timeform provide an in-depth guide to Thursday's Aintree feature, the Grade One Betway Bowl Chase.
Only nine runners are set to go to post in the Betway Bowl (14:50) at Aintree on Thursday, but Sky Bet are offering four places, which makes the race a good one to tackle from an each-way angle.
Plenty of the field have significant questions to answer which make them unsuitable for an each-way bet.
Militarian looks well out of his depth, Real Steel has disappointed on both starts since joining Paul Nicholls from Willie Mullins, Aso hasn't looked the force of old this season, Native River might find conditions too quick, Mister Fisher was let down by his jumping in the Ryanair and had a very hard race, while Tiger Roll hasn't run over conventional fences since late 2017 and it's hard to know what the form of his win in the Cross Country Chase last time is worth.
Clondaw Castle needs to find a bit extra in this company, but he has been consistent this season and his victory in a competitive handicap at Kempton last time was a career-best effort, so it wouldn't be a surprise were he to give a good account at a big price for the in-form Tom George yard.
However, the one who stands out as having loads in his favour and being a rock-solid bet – win or each-way – is WAITING PATIENTLY around 4/1.
He tops Timeform's ratings based on the form of his win in the 2018 Ascot Chase and showed he still has a top-class performance in his locker when runner-up in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.
That also proved that he stays three miles, and it is very easy to excuse a slightly below-par effort in the Clarence House Chase last time as he was dropping significantly in distance and probably found the run coming too soon after his big effort in the King George.
He has been given plenty of time since then to freshen up and should be arriving at Aintree in peak condition, while three miles on a flat track and on decent ground look like ideal conditions.
Expect him to pick off his toiling rivals up the long home straight.
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