Aintree Bowl tips and runner-by-runner guide to Aintree 2.55 on Thursday

A super six tackle this red-hot Grade 1.

Shishkin jumps a fence


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Shishkin faces a significant challenge against a stack of staying specialists as he steps up in trip for the Aintree Bowl.

A questionable round of jumping hampered the dual Cheltenham Festival winner in last month’s Ryanair Chase and trainer Nicky Henderson gives him a sighter over 3m1f ahead of a potential tilt at next season’s Gold Cup.

The runner-up in last month’s Blue Riband, Bravemansgame, has been declared a non-runner due to ownership issues but the third, Conflated, is among Shihskin’s five rivals as well as Ahoy Senor who was bowling along before falling at Cheltenham.

A Plus Tard, the 2022 Gold Cup winner, is the highest-rated runner in the field but has a point to prove after failing to complete on his last two starts.

Paddy Power Gold Cup hero Ga Law is the rank outsider having finished nearly 7l behind Shishkin in the Ryanair last time out.

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Aintree Bowl tips

Timeform: In what promises to be an absorbing renewal of this prestigious contest, A PLUS TARD is taken to emerge on top. Though pulled up both starts so far this season, he appeared to be travelling as well as any before being hampered when Ahoy Senor fell 6 out in the Gold Cup, and his imperious performance in that race last March remains fresh in the memory. Bravemansgame is a big player on the back of his fine Gold Cup second but if Shishkin puts it all together he will be an even bigger threat.

Aintree Bowl runners

Ahoy Senor

Trainer: Lucinda Russell Jockey: Brian Hughes Age: 8 Weight: 11st 10lbs

Cosy winner of the Mildmay Novices’ Chase at this meeting last year and back on track after bombing out in the King George when landing the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham in January. Was going great guns when falling 6 out back there in the Gold Cup last time and claims granted a clear round.


A Plus Tard

Trainer: Henry de Bromhead Jockey: Rachael Blackmore Age: 9 Weight: 11st 10lbs

Produced one of the best Gold Cup performances in recent times when landing the Cheltenham Festival showpiece last March. This season hasn’t gone to plan but he was travelling well until hampered 6 out when bidding to retain his Gold Cup crown last month and the vibes from his yard have been upbeat.



Trainer: Paul Nicholls Jockey: Non-Runner Age: 8 Weight: 11st 10lbs



Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: Age: 9 Weight: 11st 10lbs

Notched his second Grade 1 success over fences when landing the Savills at Leopardstown over Christmas. Performed to an even higher standard when third in the Gold Cup last month and while he has a bit to find with Bravemansgame on that evidence, this slightly shorter trip/sharper track will help.


Ga Law

Trainer: Jamie Snowden Jockey: Jonathan Burke Age: 7 Weight: 11st 10lbs

Has improved this term after a long absence, finishing third in the Old Roan here prior to landing the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham in November. By no means disgraced in the Ryanair at the Festival last month and well worth another try at this trip, but he does have plenty to find.



Trainer: Nicky Henderson Jockey: Nico de Boinville Age: 9 Weight: 11st 10lbs

Following another wind op and equipped with a tongue strap, he proved that he’s still one of the best in the business when landing the 21f Ascot Chase in February. Mistakes proved costly in the Ryanair next time but obvious chance if cutting out the errors upped in trip here. Tongue strap discarded.


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