Grade One Betway Bowl Chase Guide 2022

Jake Russell | @JakeRuss1000

Aintree - April 06 2022
Aintree 13:55
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Daryl Jacob

Bristol De Mai

J: Daryl Jacob
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
N/A
Age: 11
Weight: 11-7
OR: 159
Days: 47

The likeable grey is slightly on a recovery mission at the moment, not winning in any of his previous 5 starts, his last success came back at his beloved Haydock in November 2020 in the Betfair Chase when beating Clan Des Obeaux and Lostintranslation.

He has been contesting in some decent contests this season and still running well with a lot of weight on his back, including a Grand National Trial at Haydock last time out in February, where he finished 2nd of 11 runners, beaten by a very progressive type in The Galloping Bear.

He ran superbly that day when carrying almost a stone and a half to the winner, and almost more than that to the rest of the field. He is level weights with all of these today but does need to bounce back to form to really land a blow in this, as he does look to be the regressive horse in this contest.

That doesn’t stop people cheering him on however, as I’m sure he will have a lot of fans turning up to Aintree to watch him in this race, hopefully he can bounce back and run well again.

The Grand National obviously isn’t an option again, it looks like he will stay well but would be carrying a huge weight in the centrepiece race, which looks like it would be the best option for the horse’s welfare.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
19/11/22HAY25.5Sft11-104
07/04/22AIN25GS11-7PU
19/02/22HAY28.5Hy11-121
23/01/22LIN22Hy11-63
20/11/21HAY25.5GS11-7PU
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Danny McMenamin

Nuts Well

J: Danny McMenamin
T: Ann Hamilton
N/A
Age: 11
Weight: 11-7
OR: 157
Days: 33

Another horse on a slight recovery mission, Nuts Well has some patchy form this season, but was a fairly impressive winner last time out when landing a Listed contest at Kelso last month over the 2m7f trip.

The step up to 3 miles plus in this looks to suit but he certainly doesn’t have the form behind him that the others in this race have, therefore he would have to step up massively to land a blow in this race.

But his trainer Ann Hamilton is having a brilliant season and knows how to train a horse to win considering they are a smaller yard.

She would really have to work some magic to get her horse to win this.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
02/10/22KEL17Gd12-04
23/04/22SAN23Gd11-64
07/04/22AIN25GS11-76
05/03/22KEL23.5Sft11-61
29/01/22DON24Gd11-12PU
Aintree - April 06 2022
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Harry Cobden

Clan Des Obeaux

J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
N/A
Age: 10
Weight: 11-7
OR: 168
Days: 54

A two-time King George winner in 2018 and 2019 arguably arrives off the back of his most significant victories at the back end of last season, before finishing 2nd in this season’s renewal of the Christmas centrepiece at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Clan Des Obeaux ran away with the Betway Bowl at Aintree in April last season, winning by 26 lengths to re-assert himself as Britain’s leading staying chaser after having lost his King George crown the season before last.

However arguably his best career performance to date came in the Punchestown Gold Cup at the back end of last season, beating a two-time Gold Cup winner, and other multiple graded winning horses back in behind him.

He won by just under 2 lengths and asserted himself once again to be one of the best staying chasers in the game. He always runs well fresh and will be well primed for this race, with other options not being great for him further along in the season as he needs certain things to fall in place to benefit him, so connections will take all the wins they can get later on.

He ran at Newbury last time out when contesting in the Denman Chase, finishing a 12-length 3rd behind Eldorado Allen and Royale Pagaille.

He was fairly well beaten that day and did disappoint, so would need to bounce back to win this against some younger rivals, but the way he won last season suggests this race really does suit him.

This race will have been a big target this season for Clan Des Obeaux as Cheltenham isn’t his strong suit after his impressive romp in the race last season, by passing the Cheltenham Festival as that course isn’t one of his strong suits.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
07/04/22AIN25GS11-71
12/02/22NBY23.5GS11-63
26/12/21KEM24Sft11-102
28/04/21PUN24.5Y11-121
08/04/21AIN25GS11-71
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Paul Townend

Kemboy

J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 10
Weight: 11-7
OR: 166
Days: 61

The Willie Mullins charge was a winner of this race back in 2019, although that victory was three years ago, he easily beat Clan Des Obeaux that day when travelling extremely well and won with ease coming to the line, so at exactly the same age as that rival there's no reason to think that he will have regressed any more or less than the Nicholls runner.

More recently Kemboy hasn't been at his best with his form being quite patchy in places, but he was very strong in the market prior to finishing behind Conflated in the Irish Gold Cup, suggesting that he's pleasing connections at home, and as was very evident at the Cheltenham Festival.

The Mullins horses are in great form and trained to be at their absolute peak on the big day.

He'll be very tough to crack if anywhere near the form he was in when winning this race three years ago, but you get the feeling that he'll either win or blow out given his very patchy recent form, but he is a horse with a habit of popping up and running well in times that racing fans don’t expect it.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
04/02/23LEO24Y11-106
28/12/22LEO24Sft11-102
05/11/22DRO24Y11-102
01/10/22GOW20Gd/Y11-32
18/09/22LIS20Gd11-22
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Charlie Deutsch

Royale Pagaille

J: Charlie Deutsch
T: Venetia Williams
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-7
OR: 164
Days: 20

One of the leading novice chasers last seasons, winning 3 races in a row including the Grade 2 Peter Marsh at Haydock, connections took their chance in the gold cup last season at the Cheltenham festival, where he finished a very creditable 6th place.

The Venetia Williams mount has had four runs this season, where he came second in the Betfair Chase, although well beaten he finished ahead of some decent sorts that day and the winner has very big aspirations going forward.

Arguably this horses best career performance to date was last time out at his beloved Haydock, where he was lining up in the Grade 2 Peter Marsh for the second year running, carrying top weight of 11 stone 10, which was almost a stone heavier than any of the other runners in the field.

He jumped superbly that day, Charlie Deutsch keeping him at the back of the field to challenge late on down the straight.

Things went to plan that day and he swept to the front with 2 to jump before surging away coming to the line, to win by half a length.

The winning margin doesn’t suggest he was the superior horse in the race, but it was a fantastic weight carrying performance in the usual very soft conditions at Haydock.

He then ran 2nd in the Denman Chase at Newbury in February behind Eldorado Allen before running a huge race in this years Gold Cup again, finishing 5th of 11 runners, although well beaten by a runaway winner, he still ran with credit that day.

He is a horse on the rise and deserves his chance to land a blow in a top graded race like this.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
10/04/23FAI29Sft11-12F
17/03/23CHL26.5Sft11-106
26/12/22KEM24Sft11-102
07/04/22AIN25GS11-75
18/03/22CHL26.5GS11-105
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Davy Russell

Conflated

J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-7
OR: 168
Days: 21

The only Gordon Elliott runner in the race looks to have a decent chance in this, He was a Grade 1 winner in February when landing the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown, so he has an obvious chance and has to be respected but there's a feeling that his Irish Gold Cup victory was a bit of a fluke, and he certainly didn't travel with any zest when falling two out in the Ryanair Chase last month, for all he was staying on under pressure and disputing second place at the time he would of never landed a blow on the runaway winner Allaho that day.

He is a thorough stayer in the making and this flatter track on Goof ground might also be a cause for concern, as he hasn’t won on good ground, all his wins have come on soft or better.

He will look to bounce back from that heavy fall at the Cheltenham festival last time out and needs to show that the Irish Gold Cup was no fluke, but he looks to have a pretty hard chance contesting in this.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
13/04/23AIN25GS11-10PU
17/03/23CHL26.5Sft11-103
28/12/22LEO24Sft11-101
05/11/22DRO24Y11-103
07/04/22AIN25GS11-72
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Brendan Powell

Eldorado Allen

J: Brendan Powell
T: Colin Tizzard
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-7
OR: 163
Days: 21

The Colin Tizzard horse has been in decent form this season, A talented horse on his day, who is already a two-time Grade 2 winner this season winning the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter in November last year, beating the Tingle Creek winner (Greaneteen) and runner up (Hitman) and winning the Denman Chase at Newbury in February.

He does look to go well when fresh, so that could have contributed to the reason why he beat the two fancied horses in the Haldon Gold Cup who will likely improve over him as the season goes on.

He ran a nice race in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon earlier on in the season, only beaten by just over 6 lengths by two decent horses, as well as finishing 2nd in the Silviniaco Conti Chase at Kempton in January, only going just under 2 lengths down to Mister Fisher who looks to be back to his best since a heart operation.

He was a Grade 2 winner over fences in November 2020 at Cheltenham, which is good form in behind, but he looks to save his best runs for the early stages of the season (October and November are the only times he has won multiple in his career).

Which is a slight concern, but this smaller field will suit, and he could land his third graded race of the season, and a first career Grade 1, but would have to really step up to beat these top class chasers, but he has shown us that there is talent in the locker so a Grade 1 doesn’t look past him.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
15/04/23AIN25GS12-05
17/03/23CHL26.5Sft11-107
11/02/23NBY23.5Gd11-85
26/12/22KEM24Sft11-104
19/11/22HAY25.5Sft11-102
Aintree - April 06 2022
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Aidan Coleman

Itchy Feet

J: Aidan Coleman
T: Olly Murphy
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-7
OR: 150
Days: 33

Like most of the runners at the lower end of the market, the Olly Murphy charge is another horse looking to bounce back to form.

He has been trialled and tested at all sorts of trips in his career, a Grade 1 Scilly Ilse’s winner over 2 miles and 4 furlongs at Sandown in February 2020, which turns out to be his last career success.

The trainer still thinks a lot of his horse but taking the step up to 3 miles for the first time in his career over fences is a big ask, plus he really needs to bounce back to form after a slightly disappointing performance in the same race Nuts Well won last time out at Kelso, when pulling up before two out.

He will need to step his form up to another level against some fantastic chasers in this, and who are younger protagonists.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
15/04/23AIN24.5GS11-916
16/03/23CHL24Sft11-1011
18/02/23HAY24.5GS11-22
27/01/23HUN25GS12-01
01/01/23CHL26.5Sft12-06
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Harry Skelton

Protektorat

J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-7
OR: 164
Days: 20

Dan Skelton has a really nice horse on his hands and Protektorat was the leading chance for the UK in this years Gold Cup when sent off at 10/1, which he ran with huge credit to finish 3rd with Galvin, King George winner Tornado Flyer and two-time Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo in behind him.

He went into the race coming off a pretty lengthy break, something that his trainer had planned to do as it has worked with various horses in the past.

His form going into the race was quite strong, as he was a 25 length winner of the Many Clouds Chase at Aintree back in December of last year, with another previous Gold Cup winner well in behind that day.

He looks to be a super talented horse who has some strong Aintree form to his name, the ground conditions will play to his favour and the slight drop back down to 3 miles makes this young pretender a huge threat in this race, as connections look to land their first Grade 1 of the season with this horse.

He is an exciting horse for the next few seasons as he is only a 7yo, the Cheltenham Gold Cup will defiantly be the main target for the horse next season again.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
17/03/23CHL26.5Sft11-105
28/01/23CHL25.5Sft11-104
19/11/22HAY25.5Sft11-101
07/04/22AIN25GS11-74
18/03/22CHL26.5GS11-103