Bowl Chase 2018: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide
Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide to Thursday's Bowl Chase, highlight of day one of the Grand National meeting at Aintree...
"Return to this easier track, where he won the Mildmay Novices' Chase last season, should suit"
Timeform on Might Bite
1. BRISTOL DE MAI (Nigel Twiston-Davies/ Daryl Jacob)
Won Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby and Betfair Chase at Haydock (by very wide margin from Cue Card), both in November. Disappointing last two starts, again not especially fluent when third to Definitly Red in Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham on latest one. Below-form fifth in this race year, needs wind operation since latest outing to prompt a revival.
2. CLAN DES OBEAUX (Paul Nicholls/ Harry Cobden)
Won graduation event at Haydock (by 7 lengths from Vintage Clouds) in November before creditable 2¾ lengths second of 10 to Guitar Pete in Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham following month. Had a break since, but plenty to prove trying new trip and up in class.
3. DEFINITLY RED (Brian Ellison/ Danny Cook)
Won Many Clouds Chase at Aintree in December and Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham (by 8 lengths from American) in January. Couldn't get competitive in Gold Cup at Cheltenham last time, but reliable type who'll be better suited than some of these if conditions are testing.
4. DOUBLE SHUFFLE (Tom George/ A. P. Heskin)
Runner-up all starts this season, excelling himself (50/1) when beaten length by Might Bite in King George VI Chase at Kempton last time, though winner was idling. Comes here fresher than most, but danger ground could be softer than ideal.
5. MIGHT BITE (Nicky Henderson/ Nico de Boinville)
Made into a top-class chaser this season, completing simple task in listed event at Sandown before winning King George VI Chase at Kempton (by length from Double Shuffle). Outstayed in the end when 4½ lengths second of 15 to Native River in Gold Cup at Cheltenham last time, but jumped superbly and return to this easier track, where he won the Mildmay Novices' Chase last season, should suit.
6. SIZING CODELCO (Colin Tizzard/ Robbie Power)
Came good this time last year to win handicaps here and at Punchestown. Out of sorts so far this season and hard to see him faring any better against some top-class opposition.
7. SUB LIEUTENANT (Henry de Bromhead, Ireland/ Sean Flanagan)
Top-class at his best, ending last season with seconds in Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham and Melling Chase here behind Un de Sceaux and Fox Norton respectively. Not in same form this year (well-held fourth behind Balko des Flos in latest renewal of Ryanair), while all his best form is at short of 3m.
8. TEA FOR TWO (Nick Williams/ Lizzie Kelly)
Winner of this race last year when beating Cue Card by a neck. Only time he's matched that form this season when 3 lengths third to Might Bite in King George VI Chase at Kempton but return to this track, after never threatening in Gold Cup last time, should suit much better.
Timeform Bowl Chase 1-2-3
1. Might Bite
2. Definitly Red
3. Tea For Two
Timeform Bowl Chase Analyst's Verdict
Apart from having had a hard race when second in the Gold Cup four weeks ago, it’s hard to find fault with MIGHT BITE’s credentials, whereas all his rivals have question marks of one sort or another about them. However, like Might Bite, Definitly Red and Tea For Two are also course-and-distance winners, and they can perform better here than when behind the selection at Cheltenham.