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Totesport Bowl

Grade 1 race
Totesport Bowl
Location Aintree Racecourse
Merseyside, England
Inaugurated 1984
Race type Chase
Sponsor Totesport
Website Aintree
Race information
Distance 3m 1f (5,029 metres)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight 11 st 7 lb
7 lb for mares
Purse £150,000 (2010)
1st: £85,515

The Totesport Bowl is a Grade 1 National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Aintree over a distance of about 3 miles and 1 furlong (5,029 metres), and during its running there are nineteen fences to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year in early April.



The event was established in 1984, and it was originally designed as a consolation prize for horses which were beaten or had been unable to participate in the previous month's Cheltenham Gold Cup. The inaugural running was backed by Perrier-Jouët, and it was titled the Perrier-Jouët Champagne Cup. For the following three years it was sponsored by Whitbread and called the Whitbread Gold Label Cup.

Subsequent sponsors have included Martell (the Martell Cup, the Martell Cognac Cup) and Betfair (the Betfair Bowl). Totesport began supporting the event in 2008.

The Totesport Bowl was promoted to Grade 1 status in 2010. It is currently held on the opening day of the three-day Grand National meeting.


Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Docklands Express – 1993, 1994
  • First Gold – 2001, 2003

Leading jockey (2 wins):

  • Thierry Doumen – First Gold (2001, 2003)
  • Tony McCoyTiutchev (2004), Exotic Dancer (2007)

Leading trainer (3 wins):

  • Martin PipeAquilifer (1991), Tiutchev (2004), Celestial Gold (2006)
  • Kim Bailey – Kings Fountain (1992), Docklands Express (1993, 1994)







1984 Royal Bond 11 Tom Taaffe Arthur Moore
1985 Wayward Lad 10 John Francome Monica Dickinson
1986 Beau Ranger 8 Hywel Davies John Thorne
1987 Wayward Lad 12 Graham McCourt Monica Dickinson
1988 Desert Orchid 9 Simon Sherwood David Elsworth
1989 Yahoo 8 Tom Morgan John Edwards
1990 Toby Tobias 8 Mark Pitman Jenny Pitman
1991 Aquilifer 11 Richard Dunwoody Martin Pipe
1992 Kings Fountain 9 Anthony Tory Kim Bailey
1993 Docklands Express 11 Jamie Osborne Kim Bailey
1994 Docklands Express 12 Richard Dunwoody Kim Bailey
1995 Merry Gale 7 Graham Bradley Jim Dreaper
1996 Scotton Banks 7 Lorcan Wyer Tim Easterby
1997 Barton Bank 11 David Walsh David Nicholson
1998 Escartefigue 6 Richard Johnson David Nicholson
1999 Macgeorge 9 Adrian Maguire Richard Lee
2000 See More Business 10 Mick Fitzgerald Paul Nicholls
2001 First Gold 8 Thierry Doumen François Doumen
2002 Florida Pearl 10 Barry Geraghty Willie Mullins
2003 First Gold 10 Thierry Doumen François Doumen
2004 Tiutchev 11 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2005 Grey Abbey 11 Graham Lee Howard Johnson
2006 Celestial Gold 8 Timmy Murphy Martin Pipe
2007 Exotic Dancer 7 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill
2008 Our Vic 10 Timmy Murphy David Pipe
2009 Madison du Berlais 8 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
2010 What a Friend 7 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls

See also

  • Recurring sporting events established in 1984 – this race is included under its original title, Perrier-Jouët Champagne Cup.


  • Ladbrokes Pocket Companion 1990/91. Aesculus Press. 1990. p. 65. ISBN 1-871093-21-X. 


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