EIGHT TIMES CHAMPION JOCKEY
MINELLA MELODY looked like she could be well above average when winning at Gowran Park last month by 12 lengths. The Irish-trained raider has plenty of rivals in the concluding mares bumper, but she should have enough to cope with them. My Cheltenham Gold Cup worry that stamina was an issue with CLAN DES OBEAUX proved correct. He travelled well but ran out of steam. The shorter distance of the Betway Bowl will suit the Paul Nicholls-trained King George VI Chase winner and he can return to winning ways. BUVEUR D’AIR unexpectedly fell in the Champion Hurdle, but a second win in the Aintree Hurdle will be some compensation.