Betway Bowl on the long-range radar for Charbel

‘I’ve been longing to run him over three miles’

  • Monday 24 December
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Kim Bailey has earmarked the Betway Bowl at Aintree in April as the long-term target for Charbel.

The Andoversford trainer sees the three-mile-one-furlong Grade One contest as the ideal race to step the seven-year-old up in trip.

After landing the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon on his last start, Charbel will now be aimed at the Listed 32Red Chase at Kempton next month.

Bailey said: “The plan is to go to Kempton on January 12, because there is a two-and-a-half-mile Listed chase there.

“The long-term plan is the Betway Bowl at Aintree. I’ve been longing to run him over three miles, and that’s the ideal race for him. He will be entered in the Ryanair before that, though.”

Bailey is likely to keep his Grade Two winner First Flow over hurdles on his delayed return to action, after a dirty scope forced him to miss his intended debut over fences at Hereford earlier this month

The six-year-old has not been sighted since losing his unbeaten record over the smaller obstacles when pulling up in the Supreme at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Bailey said: “Unfortunately, First Flow had a dirty scope a couple of weeks ago.

“It was annoying, because we had got him ready to run in a two-mile novice chase at Hereford.

“It might be too late to go chasing now this season, and we may just stick to hurdles.”

Betway Bowl on the long-range radar for Charbel
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