The Betferd Bowl is a Grade 1 Chase which is run at Aintree each April as part of the famous Grand National meeting. The Bowl is run over a distance of three miles and one furlong and it is one of the best races of the season in the UK at the trip. The race was first run in 1984 when it was set up almost as a race for the horses that fell just beneath Gold Cup level but having been raised to Grade 1 status in 2010 it is now a massive race in its own right. The prize fund for the Betfred Bowl is a healthy one as well at £150,000 which has attracted some of the best horses from the UK and Ireland to the race in recent years.
There is no doubt whatsoever who the best and most famous winner of the Betfred Bowl is and that is the legendary Desert Orchid who won at Liverpool back in 1988. The famous grey made his name as one of the best staying chasers of all time during the late 80s and his success at Aintree is a worthy addition to his record. We saw another Gold Cup winner win the Bowl at Aintree in the year 2000 when See More Business scored in style for trainer Paul Nicholls having won at Cheltenham in 1999. This serves to highlight the calibre of the horses running at Aintree and it seems to be a race that is growing in stature with every passing year to the delight of racing fans and punters in Liverpool.
Since the turn of the century we have had a number of classy winners of the Bowl with Florida Pearl certainly at the head of the list. The Willie Mullins horse established himself as one of the best Irish Chasers of all time during his career and his win in the Bowl at Aintree was a stunning success as he cantered home 11 lengths clear of the field. Several times in recent years we have seen plenty of horses being aimed specifically at the Betfred Bowl rather than Cheltenham with the flat track on offer at Aintree an attractive alternative for some. One horse that does fall into that bracket is the exciting grey Nacarat who won the Betfred Bowl in 2010 and he seemed to be a horse that relished running at Aintree instead of Cheltennham.
Recent Winners of the Betfred Bowl