AINTREE BOWL RACE PREVIEW
Cue Card was alongside Don Cossack in the Cheltenham Gold Cup when falling 3 out just as he took up the lead. A disappointing end as he looked certain to play a part in the finish. Coming into the Gold Cup, Colin Tizzard’s horse had won all his three races this season and hadn’t fallen before in his career. Cue Card looks the one to beat judged on his victory in the King George at the Merseyside track
Djakadam finished second in the Gold Cup, beaten by four and a half lengths but six lengths ahead of Don Poli back in third. He has been lightly raced this season, starting off with a defeat of Valseur Lido at Punchestown in December to land the John Durkan Memorial. Then, he was a faller behind Smad Place at Cheltenham where he suffered a slight injury that kept him out of action until his Gold Cup run.
Don Poli will appreciate the easier ground than he encountered at Cheltenham. The seven-year-old could never go the pace on quick ground at Cheltenham before staying on strongly to be beaten 14 1/2 lengths without ever threatening to trouble the leaders. Prior to that effort, Don Poli had won both his starts in good style including the success over Many Clouds in the Lotto Chase
Saphir Du Rheu back over fences after his poor run behind Thistlecrack at Cheltenham in the World Hurdle. Anyway, he was a good winner of the Mildmay Novices' Chase 12 months ago and second in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham last season.
Taquin Du Seuil finished 6th in the Ryanair last time out when he looked to be crying out for 3m when outpaced in the Ryanair Chase last montha. That form is just simply not good enough in this company.
Irish Cavalier outran his odds of 66-1 when finishing a fine fifth in the Gold Cup but he was never competitive in that race. Anyway, with this lesser stamina test the Rebecca Curtis 7-year-old is a fair each way option.
Dynaste was second to Silviniaco Conti two years ago, but hasn’t looked as good in his most recent starts. He hasn’t won since beating Hidden Cyclone to land the 2014 Ryanair Chase. A distant runner-up to Silviniaco Conti in the Ascot Chase was followed by a fair seventh to Vautour in the Ryanair Chase last month, bu on his best day, he is capable of high class form, as he showed when chasing home Cue Card in the Charlie Hall Chase.
Houblon Des Obeaux bounced back to winning form when landing the Denman Chase last time, but Venetia Williams’ charge had been woefully out of form prior to that outing, including when finishing a distant ninth in the Hennessy Gold Cup.
Wakanda is a big improver but course form reads 7-4-4, and was 38 lengths behind Saphir du Rheu last year. He racked up an early season hat-trick of wins at Wetherby, Newcastle and Ascot – all in Listed company – but possibly found the jump to Grade Two company too hot next time when pulled up at Cheltenham behind Smad Place.
AINTREE BOWL BEST ODDS
- Cue Card @ 9.00
- Djakadam @ 11.00
- Don Poli @ 6.50
- Saphir Du Rheu @ 17.00
- Irish Cavalier @ 29.00
- Taquin Du Seuil @ 34.00
- Houblon Des Obeaux @ 41.00
- Dynaste @ 67.00
- Wakanda @ 67.00
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