Betway Bowl Chase
|Grade 1, Aintree 14:50
3m 210y, Class 1
|Thursday 12th April 2018
1 Might Bite 4/5F
2 Bristol De Mai 5/1
3 Clan Des Obeaux 8/1
8 ran Distances: 7l, 3¼l, 3l
Time: 6m 38.20s (slow by 31.20s)
Brilliant Might Bite too good for Bristol De Mai
The Nicky Henderson-trained nine-year-old jumped really well for jockey Nico De Boinville, stalking the front-running Bristol De Mai
(who eventually finished second) before bounding clear in the home straight to record his fourth victory at the highest level.
Henderson was delighted with the round of jumping that Might Bite produced this afternoon.
"That was great!" exclaimed the trainer.
"I walked round this morning and it's definitely soft enough. It wasn't as soft as it was at the Cheltenham Festival but I was anxious. He was the one of the three, and by that I mean Buveur d'Air
(Champion Hurdle winner), Altior
(Champion Chase winner) and him, that has said to us over the past fortnight that he was happy.
"He's been fresh and well since Cheltenham and you'd have thought he'd have been the one who wouldn't be as he had such a gruelling race at The Festival. I've always said I wanted to be mindful of him. He's not a fragile horse in any sense but you always have to be wary of his head. So it was quite brave coming here and I had my doubts.
"However, he's only effectively had three races this season - I know he had a canter round Sandown before the King George
(when winning a Listed chase) - and they're here to race.
"His jumping today was just an exhibition round - he's all class. The plan will be the same next year - I'd love to have another crack at the Gold Cup on good ground. We might be a bit braver next year and go to the King George (at Kempton) via the Betfair Chase
(at Haydock Park).
"He won't run again this year obviously though."
Jockey Danny Cook was unseated from 8/1 shot Definitly Red at the third fence but he walked away unscathed. Cook is due to ride I Just Know for Randox Health Grand National-winning trainer Sue Smith (successful in 2013 with Auroras Encore
) in the world's richest chase on Saturday afternoon.
Betway Bowl Chase
£190,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 210y, Class 1
Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
||Might Bite (IRE) 4/5f
||Nico de Boinville
|N J Henderson
||Bristol De Mai (FR) 5/1
||D A Jacob
|N A Twiston-Davies
||Clan Des Obeaux (FR) 8/1
|P F Nicholls
||Sizing Codelco (IRE) 33/1
||R M Power
|C L Tizzard
||Sub Lieutenant (IRE) 25/1
||S W Flanagan
|H de Bromhead
||Tea For Two 12/1
||Double Shuffle (IRE) 11/1
||A P Heskin
|T R George
||Definitly Red (IRE) 8/1
Betfred Bowl - Previous Winners
2017 Tea For Two
2016 Cue Card
2015 Silviniaco Conti
2014 Silviniaco Conti
2013 First Lieutenant, Gigginstown House Stud, Mouse Morris IRE 08-11-07 Bryan Cooper 7/2
2012 Follow The Plan, Redgap Partnership, Oliver McKlernan IRE 09-11-07 Tom Doyle 50/1
2011 Nacarat, Simon W Clarke, Tom George 10-11-07 Paddy Brennan 7/2