Grand National Festival tips – Templegate’s pinstickers’ guide to the runners and riders for the Betway Bowl at Aintree racecourse this Thursday, April 12

MIGHT BITE ought to knock his rivals down in the Betway Bowl.

The King George hero solely conceded Gold Cup defeat to Native River up the run-in at Cheltenham on floor far too testing.

If he’s over these exertions the rain-soaked turf shouldn’t cease him this time.


 Might Bite won at the meeting 12 months ago

May Chew gained at the assembly 12 months in the past

Bristol De Mai three/5

Mai or might not. No doubting his class and the floor circumstances might be far more to his liking in contrast to when fifth in this final yr. Flopped in King George and behind Definitly Purple final time. Might bounce again however sufficient to show.

Clan Des Obeaux 2/5

Don’t be a part of the Clan. Has loads of potential nevertheless it’s unfulfilled at current. Good Haydock win got here on heavy floor and there was nothing incorrect together with his Cheltenham handicap second in December. Wants to show he’s up to this degree.

Definitly Purple three/5

Definitly perhaps. Put himself in the Gold Cup image with spectacular trial win in January. Had his floor at Cheltenham so it was disappointing to see him take a look at so tamely. Questions to reply now.

Double Shuffle three/5

Double your cash. Failed to keep when pulled up in final yr’s Grand National. Received inside a size of May Chew when runner-up in the King George. Can be recent after lacking the Gold Cup due to the floor and place claims regardless of circumstances being softer than best.

May Chew four/5

Take a Chew. Seemed set for Gold Cup glory earlier than the circumstances sapped his stamina up the last climb. Gained at Cheltenham and Aintree final yr and has had almost 4 weeks to get well from the Festival. If he’s anyplace close to peak type he’ll win.

Sizing Codelco 1/5

Cod’s had his chips. Gained handicaps at Aintree and Punchestown final spring. Dreadful type this season on softer floor and he was 50-1 when pulled up in the Ultima Chase at Cheltenham final month.

Sub Lieutenant 2/5

Sub sunk. Gained his first two races after becoming a member of Henry de Bromhead final season however and not using a victory since. But to win past 2m4f and was properly crushed in the Ryanair Chase at the Festival. Exhausting to get enthusiastic about.

Tea For Two 2/5

Tea depart. Loved his best hour when beating Cue Card in this race 12 months in the past. Higher going proper-handed as he confirmed when third behind May Chew in the King George. Positive to discover this harder than final yr.

Video of Native River's profitable parade after profitable the Cheltenham Gold Cup