Betway Bowl

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Betway Bowl
Grade 1 race
LocationAintree Racecourse
Merseyside, England
Race typeSteeplechase
Race information
Distance3m 210y (5,020 metres)
QualificationFive-years-old and up
Weight11 st 7 lb
7 lb for mares
Purse£200,000 (2019)
1st: £112,260
Betfred Bowl Chase
Royal blue, light blue star, white sleeves, royal blue stars, white cap, royal blue star White, royal blue epaulets, white sleeves, red spots, royal blue cap Maroon, white star, armlets and cap
Kemboy Clan Des Obeaux Balko Des Flos

The Betway Bowl is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Aintree over a distance of about 3 miles and 1 furlong (3 miles and 210 yards, or 5,020 metres), and during its running there are nineteen fences to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year in early April.


The event was established in 1984, and it was originally designed as a consolation prize for horses which were beaten or had been unable to participate in the previous month's Cheltenham Gold Cup. The inaugural running was backed by Perrier-Jouët, and it was titled the Perrier-Jouët Champagne Cup. For the following three years it was sponsored by Whitbread and called the Whitbread Gold Label Cup.

Subsequent sponsors have included Martell (the Martell Cup, the Martell Cognac Cup) and Betfair (the Betfair Bowl). Totesport began supporting the event as the Totesport Bowl in 2008 and the sponsorship was taken over by Betfred in 2012 after that company purchased The Tote in 2011. Betway took over sponsorship from the 2017 running.

The race was promoted to Grade 1 status in 2010. It is currently held on the opening day of the three-day Grand National meeting.


Most successful horse (2 wins):

Leading jockey (2 wins):

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Paul NichollsSee More Business (2000), What a Friend (2010), Silviniaco Conti (2014, 2015)


1984 Royal Bond 11 Tom Taaffe Arthur Moore
1985 Wayward Lad 10 John Francome Monica Dickinson
1986 Beau Ranger 8 Hywel Davies John Thorne
1987 Wayward Lad 12 Graham McCourt Monica Dickinson
1988 Desert Orchid 9 Simon Sherwood David Elsworth
1989 Yahoo 8 Tom Morgan John Edwards
1990 Toby Tobias 8 Mark Pitman Jenny Pitman
1991 Aquilifer 11 Richard Dunwoody Martin Pipe
1992 Kings Fountain 9 Anthony Tory Kim Bailey
1993 Docklands Express 11 Jamie Osborne Kim Bailey
1994 Docklands Express 12 Richard Dunwoody Kim Bailey
1995 Merry Gale 7 Graham Bradley Jim Dreaper
1996 Scotton Banks 7 Lorcan Wyer Tim Easterby
1997 Barton Bank 11 David Walsh David Nicholson
1998 Escartefigue 6 Richard Johnson David Nicholson
1999 Macgeorge 9 Adrian Maguire Richard Lee
2000 See More Business 10 Mick Fitzgerald Paul Nicholls
2001 First Gold 8 Thierry Doumen François Doumen
2002 Florida Pearl 10 Barry Geraghty Willie Mullins
2003 First Gold 10 Thierry Doumen François Doumen
2004 Tiutchev 11 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2005 Grey Abbey 11 Graham Lee Howard Johnson
2006 Celestial Gold 8 Timmy Murphy Martin Pipe
2007 Exotic Dancer 7 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill
2008 Our Vic 10 Timmy Murphy David Pipe
2009 Madison du Berlais 8 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
2010 What a Friend 7 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2011 Nacarat 10 Paddy Brennan Tom George
2012 Follow The Plan 9 Tom Doyle Oliver McKiernan
2013 First Lieutenant 8 Bryan Cooper Mouse Morris
2014 Silviniaco Conti 8 Noel Fehily Paul Nicholls
2015 Silviniaco Conti 9 Noel Fehily Paul Nicholls
2016 Cue Card 10 Paddy Brennan Colin Tizzard
2017 Tea For Two 8 Lizzie Kelly Nick Williams
2018 Might Bite 9 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2019 Kemboy 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins

See also[edit]


  • John Smith's Grand National Media Guide.
  • pedigreequery.comBowl Chase – Aintree.
  • Ladbrokes Pocket Companion 1990/91. Aesculus Press. 1990. p. 65. ISBN 1-871093-21-X.

External links[edit]

  • Race Recordings [1]