Today's racecards

Aintree

  • 15:05 Betfred Bowl Chase 3m 1f

  • Winner £84,405 2nd £31,800 3rd £15,915 4th £7,950
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places at fences 13 and 14)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 26.60s
  • Off time: 15:09:53
15:05 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Follow The Plan (IRE) 50/1
2nd Burton Port (IRE) 4/1
3rd Hunt Ball (IRE) 6/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 121/2-24 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Burton Port (IRE) 27
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-7 N J Henderson A P McCoy 166 4/15.00
2 49-31P0 White, Black diamond, Red sleeves and cap Carruthers 27
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-7 bt M Bradstock Matthew Batchelor 149 25/126.00
3 1P/1-45P White, Red triple diamond, Royal Blue sleeves, White stars, White cap, Red diamonds Diamond Harry 27
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-7 Nick Williams N Fehily 156 8/19.00
4 3-16244 Orange, dark blue braces, halved sleeves and spots on cap Follow The Plan (IRE) 33
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-7 p1 O McKiernan T Doyle 150 50/151.00
5 121111 Red, Yellow hoops, Light Blue sleeves, Red cap Hunt Ball (IRE) 30
Nag me
7 11-7 K Burke Nick Scholfield 154 6/17.00
6 16F-1R1 Red, White spots, Red Sleeves, White Cap Master Of The Hall (IRE) 40
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-7 N J Henderson A Tinkler 151 20/121.00
7 2-13223 Orange, Black star, Black and Orange striped sleeves Medermit (FR) 28
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-7 A King R Thornton 167 5/16.00
8 1-44351 Dark Green and Beige (quartered), hooped sleeves, check cap Nacarat (FR) 47
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
11 11-7 t T R George P J Brennan 162 10/111.00
9 F/121-11 Red and White diamonds, White sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap Riverside Theatre 28
Nag me
8 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 170 7/24.50
10 394328 BLACK, yellow diamond, yellow diamonds on sleeves, yellow diamond on cap Roberto Goldback (IRE) 32
Nag me
10 11-7 v1 D T Hughes B J Cooper 156 100/1101.00
11 24P-33F White, Royal Blue epaulets, White sleeves, Red spots, Royal Blue cap What A Friend 27
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-7 b P F Nicholls R Walsh 162 9/110.00

Verdict

Recent rain probably hasn't done Riverside Theatre any favours as this is as far as he's ever been asked to race over. He was second in last season's King George, however, when he had Nacarat, winner of this 12 months ago, behind and beat old rival Medermit, another dubious stayer, into third in the Ryanair at Cheltenham on his latest appearance. Nacarat won the Racing Plus Chase at Kempton in February and likes flat tracks. He appears to have the beating of Follow The Plan on last year's form but was well behind Master Of The Hall over C&D in December. BURTON PORT finished ahead of What A Friend on his reappearance in the Aon Chase at Newbury before finishing an excellent fourth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup when Carruthers was tailed off, Diamond Harry pulled up and What A Friend fell at the second. Winner of the Grade 1 novice chase at this meeting in 2010, Nicky Henderson's eight-year-old can gain a deserved success as the prolific Hunt Ball may be found wanting as he steps out of handicap company and up in distance. Roberto Goldback is visored for the first time but is thoroughly exposed at this level.