Betfred Bowl

The Betfred Bowl is one of the highlights of the annual Aintree Festival. This Grade 2 rated chase is run over a distance of 3 miles 1 furlong and features 19 fences. Entry is open to horses over the age of 5.

The Betfred Bowl was first run in 1984. The race was originally intended to be something of a sequel to the Cheltenham Gold Cup, giving places to horses beaten or unable to compete in that race. In recent years the quality of entries has improved consistently, leading to the race becoming one of the highlights of the Aintree Festival.

Betfred Bowl Betting & Trends

Age: Age has little effect on the outcome of the Betfred Bowl. The last five winners have been aged anywhere from 7 to 11 years old.

Odds: 12/1, 9/1, 6/4F, 7/2, 8/1. Winners of the Betfred Bowl are often not strongly fancied ahead of the race, and minor upsets are common with only one antepost favourite winning the race in the last five years. Recent winners have been priced from 6/4 to 8/1.

Jockey: Timmy Murphy has partnered two race winners in the past five years, while Tony McCoy also has two winners to his credit over the past decade.

Trainer: The Pipe family has trained 4 of the last 6 race winners, with Martin Pipe training 2 winners before handing the reins to his son David, who went on to win another 2 Betfred Bowls.

Betfred Bowl Tip: The Betfred Bowl is not the best race to back a short-priced entry. If you’re going to back a horse in the race, look at a spread of each way bets on horses in the 4/1 – 12/1 margin, or better yet, lay the favourite at an exchange.

Betfred Bowl Winners

The Betfred Bowl has been won by a number of highly rated racehorses. Notable winners include Exotic Dancer, Florida Pearl and the brilliant Desert Orchid.