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Bristol De Mai’s Bowl bid hinges on Aintree going

Ever-popular chaser Bristol De Mai will head to Aintree for the Grade One Betway Bowl at the Grand National meeting, providing he gets his favoured ground.

A three-time winner of the Grade One Betfair Chase, he was was pulled up when attempting to equal Kauto Star’s record four successes in the Haydock feature in November, a race won by subsequent Gold Cup winner A Plus Tard.

The 11-year-old, owned by Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, showed he retains plenty of zest when narrowly beaten by Two For Gold in the Fleur De Lys Chase at Lingfield in January, before finishing runner-up to The Galloping Bear in the Grand National Trial at Haydock last month.

Connections of the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained grey are keeping their eyes on the skies before committing to any target, however.

The owners’ racing manager, Anthony Bromley, said: “We are looking at the Grade One Bowl at Aintree but we would need some rain.

“We didn’t confirm him for the Scottish National because there is no rain about.

“The idea is to run him again before the end of the season, but he does want soft ground.

“We would need a lot more rain than they are forecasting this week – he will need plenty.

“He was second in the Bowl a few years ago to Might Bite, so he will get an entry in that.

“We are strongly looking at that and we just want to see some soft in the going description. We want to see plenty of rain at Liverpool.”

Wholestone will bypass Aintree and revert to hurdles
Wholestone will bypass Aintree and revert to hurdles (David Davies/PA)

Wholestone, who was pulled up before the last in the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter, could revert back to hurdles for his next outing.

Winner of the Grade Two Rendlesham Hurdle at Haydock on his penultimate run, the 11-year-old will bypass next week’s Grand National meeting.

“Wholestone had quite a hard race in the Midlands National,” said Bromley. “He will run again this season, but Aintree is coming up a bit quick for him.

“There is a handicap hurdle at Cheltenham in April which might be a thought, but there are no real targets for him.”

Caribean Boy to swerve Grand Sefton for Paddy Power

Caribean Boy is set to head for the Paddy Power Gold Cup after the weights for the valuable handicap chase at Cheltenham on Saturday week were unveiled.

The seven-year-old, trained by Nicky Henderson, is likely to wait for the Prestbury Park event rather than go for the Betway Grand Sefton Handicap Chase, over the Grand National fences, at Aintree on Saturday.

Owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede also have Charlie Hall victor Fusil Raffles and Janika in the Cheltenham feature, but Caribean Boy could be their only representative. He has been allotted 11st.

“The only one of ours that is likely to be confirmed is Caribean Boy – he’s unlikely to go for the Grand Sefton – and I think the Paddy Power Gold Cup is the latest plan for him,” said Anthony Bromley, racing manager for the owners.

“It will be interesting to see what others are confirmed on Monday, but we knew his handicap mark so his weight could go up a bit higher depending if others come out.

“He’s a horse who goes well fresh and it’s a big prize and he is one of our tallest horses so we’re not too worried about his weight – it’s probably more about whether his handicap mark is fair or not.

“He’s in good shape and has got stronger and goes well fresh so ‘Double Green’ team are pinning our hopes on him.”

He went on: “Daryl (Jacob) can ride at Cheltenham and he’s at Wincanton this weekend so can’t be at Aintree which is another factor.

“He did run quite well at the Festival at Cheltenham in the spring and not quite so well at Aintree over the National fences after that so that’s another factor.

“We wouldn’t want the ground too heavy, just nice genuine good to soft ground would be perfect for him.”