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Aintree

Thu, 12th Apr 2012
15:05
Betfred Bowl Chase (Grade 1), 3m 1f
11 Runners (5YO plus) (Class 1) Total Prize Fund - £150000

No/Draw/Horse (days since last run)
Age colour sex, Sire - Dam (Damsire)
Form/Owner(s)
Wearing Details

Weight/Penalty
Offical Rating

Forecast Price*
Jockey/
Trainer

1 Burton Port (IRE) (27J)
8 b g Bob Back (USA) - Despute (IRE) (Be My Native (USA))
121/2-24 Mr Trevor Hemmings

11-7  
166

7/2
A P McCoy
N J Henderson

Winner of a hurdle race, a NH flat race and five chases from 2m 1f to 3m 1f on ground varying from good to heavy, but last win was over two years ago. Finished 8l behind Synchronised when fourth of 14 at 8-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase at Cheltenham over 3m 2f (good) last month.

2 Carruthers (GB) (27J)
9 b g Kayf Tara - Plaid Maid (IRE) (Executive Perk)
49-31P0 The Oaksey Partnership
Blinkers, Tongue strap

11-7  
149

20/1
Matthew Batchelor
M Bradstock

Winner of three hurdle races and four chases from 2m 4f to 3m 2f on ground varying from good to heavy. Well beaten at 100-1 behind Synchronised when 10th of 14 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase at Cheltenham over 3m 2f (good) last month.

3 Diamond Harry (GB) (27J)
9 b g Sir Harry Lewis (USA) - Swift Conveyance (IRE) (Strong Gale)
1P/1-45P Paul Duffy Diamond Partnership

11-7  
156

14/1
N Fehily
Nick Williams

Has won five hurdle races, two NH flat races and three chases from 2m to 3m 2f on ground varying from good to soft to heavy. Pulled up 4 out when 20-1 in the Group 1 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase at Cheltenham over 3m 2f (good) in a Grade 1 chase won by Synchronised last month on his latest outing.

4 Follow The Plan (IRE) (33J)
9 b g Accordion - Royal Rosy (IRE) (Dominion Royale)
3-16244 Redgap Partnership
Cheek pieces

11-7  
150

33/1
T Doyle
O McKiernan

Winner of a hurdle race and five chases from 2m to 3m 1f on ground varying from good to heavy. Well beaten at 8-1 behind The Sneezer when fourth of 10 on his latest outing in a chase at Gowran Park over 2m 2f (soft) last month.

5 Hunt Ball (IRE) (30J)
7 b g Winged Love (IRE) - La Fandango (IRE) (Taufan (USA))
121111 Mr Anthony Knott

11-7  
154

6/1
Nick Scholfield
K Burke

Winner of seven chases from 2m 4f to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to firm to soft. Won on his latest outing in a chase when 13-2fav at Cheltenham over 2m 4f (good) last month, beating White Star Line by 8l. Has won 3 times this season.

6 Master Of The Hall (IRE) (40J)
8 b g Saddlers' Hall (IRE) - Frankly Native (IRE) (Be My Native (USA))
16F-1R1 Martin Landau & Jonathan Duffy

11-7  
151

14/1
A Tinkler
N J Henderson

Winner of two hurdle races and five chases from 2m to 3m 1f on ground varying from good to heavy. Won on his latest outing in a chase when 6-4fav at Kelso over 2m 6f (good) last month, beating According To Pete by 4l. Has also won at Aintree this season.

7 Medermit (FR) (28J)
8 gr g Medaaly - Miss D'hermite (FR) (Solicitor (FR))
2-13223 The Dunkley & Reilly Partnership

11-7  
167

5/1
R Thornton
A King

Has won four hurdle races and four chases from 2m to 2m 4f on ground varying from good to soft. Third of 12 behind Riverside Theatre beaten 1l at 8-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham over 2m 5f (good) last month.

8 Nacarat (FR) (47J)
11 gr g Smadoun (FR) - Gerbora (FR) (Art Bleu)
1-44351 Mr Simon W Clarke
Tongue strap

11-7  
162

10/1
P J Brennan
T R George

Has won two hurdle races and seven chases from 2m 2f to 3m 1f on ground varying from good to heavy. A winner at 9-2 in a Grade 3 chase in the Group 3 Racing Plus Chase at Kempton over 3m (good) on his latest outing in February, beating Hector's Choice by 11l.

9 Riverside Theatre (GB) (28J)
8 b g King's Theatre (IRE) - Disallowed (IRE) (Distinctly North (USA))
F/121-11 Jimmy Nesbitt Partnership

11-7  
170

3/1
B J Geraghty
N J Henderson

Has won two hurdle races, two NH flat races and six chases from 2m to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to soft. Won on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase when 7-2fav in the Group 1 Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham over 2m 5f (good) last month, beating Albertas Run by 1/2l. Has also won at Ascot this season.

10 Roberto Goldback (IRE) (32J)
10 b g Bob Back (USA) - Mandysway (IRE) (Mandalus)
394328 Mr J P Dunne
Visor

11-7  
156

33/1
Bryan J Cooper
D T Hughes

Winner of a hurdle race, a NH flat race and three chases from 2m 2f to 3m on ground varying from good to heavy. Well beaten at 5-1 behind Paddy Pub when eighth of 12 on his latest outing in a chase at Naas over 3m (soft) last month.

11 What A Friend (GB) (27J)
9 b g Alflora (IRE) - Friendly Lady (New Member)
24P-33F Mr Ged Mason & Sir Alex Ferguson
Blinkers

11-7  
162

8/1
R Walsh
P F Nicholls

Winner of a hurdle race, a NH flat race and five chases from 2m 1f to 3m 1f on ground varying from good to yielding, but last win was over two years ago. Fell at the 2nd when 25-1 in the Group 1 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase at Cheltenham over 3m 2f (good) in a Grade 1 chase won by Synchronised last month on his latest outing.

Race Verdict

Burton Port ran a blinder to finish fourth in the Gold Cup and he is sure to prove a popular selection but slight preference is for his stablemate RIVERSIDE THEATRE. He showed plenty of guts to edge out Albertas Run over 2m5f in the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and providing his stamina holds out over 3m1f today, he looks sure to go close. Medermit was a close third in the Ryanair and finished runner-up to the selection at Ascot prior to that so he has obvious place claims once more. Hunt Ball has made astounding progress this season and his Cheltenham handicap success was his seventh win in a campaign which has seen him rise a phenomenal 86lb in the ratings. This is tougher still and he has stamina to prove but it would not be a huge surprise to see him run well. Nacarat won this last year and he is entitled to give another good account, while 2010 winner What A Friend, an early faller in the Gold Cup, also merits consideration.

Selection: Riverside Theatre        Danger: Burton Port        Alternative: Nacarat
* These are prices forecast by PA Sport Ltd. and are to be used only as a guide to the betting market.
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