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Paul Nicholls' Silviniaco Conti may take chance in Betfred Bowl at Aintree

Updated: Friday, 29 Mar 2013 16:11 | Comments

Silviniaco Conti was an impressive winner of the Betfair Chase earlier this season
Silviniaco Conti was an impressive winner of the Betfair Chase earlier this season

Silviniaco Conti, the unlucky horse of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, is in line for a retrieval mission in the Betfred Bowl at Aintree on Thursday.

A faller at the third-last fence when about to challenge in the blue riband won by Bobs Worth, the Paul Nicholls-trained gelding is among 11 possibles for the Grade One chase on the opening day of the John Smith's Grand National meeting.

Nicholls has also entered What A Friend, part-owned by Alex Ferguson.

Other Gold Cup also-rans who could reappear on Merseyside are The Giant Bolster (fourth), Cape Tribulation (fifth) and Wayward Prince (seventh).

First Lieutenant, runner-up to Cue Card in the Ryanair Chase at the Festival, could step back up in trip. Mouse Morris' charge, owned by the Gigginstown House Stud, is one of three Irish entries.

In the same ownership is the Colm Murphy-trained Quito De La Roque while the other is Whodoyouthink. His trainer Oliver McKiernan sent out Follow The Plan to spring a 50-1 shock in this race last year.

Cue Card's trainer Colin Tizzard has put in Golden Chieftain, who won the JLT Specialty Handicap Chase at Cheltenham. The Philip Hobbs-trained duo of Menorah and Wishfull Thinking make up the list. 

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