Betway Bowl Chase

The Betway Bowl is a Grade 1 race over three miles and a furlong on the opening day of the Aintree Grand National meeting.

Betway Bowl betting often features horses that ran in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Some of the most popular chasers in training have won here including Wayward Lad (1985, 1987), Desert Orchid (1988), Silviniaco Conti (2014, 2015) and Cue Card (2016).

Find out more about the Betway Bowl:

Betway Bowl Chase

Race Overview – Aintree Bowl

The Betway Bowl is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase for horses aged five and up.

It is run at Aintree over a distance of approximately 3 miles and 1 furlong, with nineteen fences to be jumped during the race. It is run rvery year in early April.

Famous Betway Bowl Winners

The Betway Bowl was first run in 1984 with victory going to the Irish-trained Royal Bond.

Wayward Lad won it for the first time in 1985 and became the first dual winner when successful two years later.

Desert Orchid was a popular winner in 1988 for trainer David Elsworth and jockey Simon Sherwood. He went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1989 after an epic battle with the mud-loving Yahoo. The pair met again in this race but Desert Orchid fell at the twelfth fence leaving his rival to gain handsome consolation for his Gold Cup defeat.

See More Business became the second Cheltenham Gold Cup winner to win this race in 2000. He had won the Cheltenham Festival feature the previous season before winning this as a ten-year-old. Cue Card (2016) had fallen at the third last in the Gold Cup when seemingly full of running and on course to collect a £1 million bonus following victories in the Betfair Chase and the King George VI Chase.

He was favourite to win the Bowl for a second time in 2017 but was beaten by Tea For Two, ridden by Lizzie Kelly.

Other notable winners of this race include Barton Bank (1997), First Gold (2001 and 2003) and Grey Abbey (2005).

Key Betway Bowl Trials

A high percentage of past winners had run at the Cheltenham Festival on their previous start, six of the last eleven winners in the Gold Cup. However, none of them had won that race and surprisingly only one had been placed.

Aintree is a much flatter track and this race is far less of a stamina test than three and a quarter miles around Cheltenham. Horses who did not quite last up the hill at Cheltenham often seek consolation here.

There have been several examples of this over the years, notably dual winner Wayward Lad (1985 and 1987).

Silviniaco Conti also struggled in the closing stages of the Gold Cup but managed to win at Liverpool in 2014 and 2015. Cue Card (2016) was another to enjoy the less demanding track at Aintree.

Six of the last eleven Betway Bowl winners went on to contest the Punchestown Gold Cup. The first four were all beaten but Kemboy (2019) and Clan Des Obeaux (2021) were successful. Kemboy defeated stable companion Al Boum Photo at Punchestown, the winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup on his previous start.

Betway Bowl Previous Winners

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer
2012 Follow The Plan 9 Tom Doyle Oliver McKiernan
2013 First Lieutenant 8 Bryan Cooper Mouse Morris
2014 Silviniaco Conti 8 Noel Fehily Paul Nicholls
2015 Silviniaco Conti 9 Noel Fehily Paul Nicholls
2016 Cue Card 10 Paddy Brennan Colin Tizzard
2017 Tea For Two 8 Lizzie Kelly Nick Williams
2018 Might Bite 9 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2019 Kemboy 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
no race 2020 [a]
2021 Clan Des Obeaux 9 Harry Cobden Paul Nicholls

Betway Bowl 2022 Result

Betway Bowl Betting Trends

Favourites have a very good recent record, winning five of the six renewals between 2015 and 2021*.

Might Bite (2018) was the shortest-priced winning Betway Bowl favourite during that spell at 4-5. Silviniaco Conti (2015) returned at 7-4, Cue Card (2016) at 6-5, Kemboy (2019) at 9-4 and Clan Des Obeaux (2021) at 5-2 favourite.

Follow The Plan was a shock 50-1 winner for Ireland in 2012, a victory that bucked all known trends in this race. Madison Du Berlais (2009) at 12-1 and Tea For Two (2017) at 10-1 were other relatively unfancied winners in recent years.

There does not appear to be any particular age bias in the Betway Bowl with winners from seven to ten in recent seasons. Escartefigue was the youngest winner in the history of the race when scoring as a six-year-old in 1998.

Wayward Lad (1987) and Docklands Express (1994) both managed to win this race at the age of twelve.

Most Betway Bowl winners had been successful at least once in a Grade 1 or Grade 2 chase and had an official rating of 158 or higher.

Only shock winner Follow The Plan (152) and Nacarat (155) had fallen below that figure in recent years.

Previous course form and one or more victories over three miles or further are other key factors in the winner’s profile.

*There was no race in 2020 as the meeting was abandoned due to the pandemic.

Betway Bowl – Top Trainers and Jockeys

Paul Nicholls is the trainer to follow in the Betway Bowl with a record five winners. He first won with See More Business in 2000, then again with What A Friend (2010) and Silviniaco Conti (2014 and 2015). His most recent success was in 2021 with dual King George VI Chase winner Clan Des Obeaux.

British trainers have tended to dominate this race.

Willie Mullins won this race for the first time with Florida Pearl in 2002 but it was seventeen years before he struck again with Kemboy in 2019. That was the first Irish-trained winner since Mouse Morris trained First Lieutenant to win under Bryan Cooper in 2013.

No jockey has managed to ride more than two Betway Bowl winners to date. There are currently seven riders on that mark, the most recent being Paddy Brennan (2011 and 2016) and Ruby Walsh (2010 and 2019).

Betway Bowl 2022 Odds

Below are the 2022 Betwey Bowl odds:

  • These odds have not yet been released.

Betting on the Betway Bowl

There is not a great deal of ante-post betting on the Betway Bowl, simply because the final field is uncertain until a couple of days before the race.

It often features a runner or two who featured in the Cheltenham Gold Cup but is rarely a target for the winner of that race.

Paul Nicholls deliberately side-stepped Cheltenham with Clan Des Obeaux when gaining his fifth win in the race in 2021.

It is usually a race that is best left until the day and often attracts a small field so each-way betting opportunities are limited.

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Popular Questions

What distance is the Betway Bowl?

The Betway Bowl is approximately 3 miles and 1 furlong long.

Are there any hurdles in the Betway Bowl?

The Betway bowl has a total of 19 hurdled to be lept.

Betway Bowl Facts

  • The Betway Bowl Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase in the United Kingdom open to horses aged five years or older.
  • The race is run on the New Course at Aintree over a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong (5,131 metres), and during its running there are nineteen fences to be jumped.
  • It is a handicap race, and it is scheduled to take place each year in early April.
  • The Betway Bowl Chase was first run in 1984.

Summary of  the Aintree Betway Bowl

The Betway Aintree Bowl is one of the top jumps races on the season, held on day 1 of the Aintree Festival.

Over the years it has produced some memorable performances and results from some of the best steeple-chasers from the UK and Ireland.

It is one of the most prestigious Grade 1 races of the year and one of our favourites here at British Racecourses.

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