Twiston-Davies' Bristol De Mai needs rain for Aintree Bowl attempt

Nigel Twiston-Davies' galloping grey is ever popular and may have a crack at the Aintree Bowl if plenty of rain comes.

Nigel Twiston-Davies' galloping grey Bristol De Mai wants soft going if he is to take on the Grade 1 Aintree Bowl on April 7.

The 11-year-old was pulled up at Haydock in November when trying to equal Kauto Star's record four successes in the Grade 1 Betfair Chase.

Racing in the double green silks of owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, the veteran showed he still had plenty of guts for the game when finishing second to The Galloping Bear in the Grand National Trial at Haydock last month.

Much will depend on whether the heavens open with any regularity between now and Aintree however.

The owners' racing manager, Anthony Bromley, said: "We are looking at the Grade One Bowl at Aintree but we would need some rain.

"We didn't confirm him for the Scottish National because there is no rain about.

"The idea is to run him again before the end of the season, but he does want soft ground.

"We would need a lot more rain than they are forecasting this week - he will need plenty.

"He was second in the Bowl a few years ago to Might Bite, so he will get an entry in that.

"We are strongly looking at that and we just want to see some soft in the going description. We want to see plenty of rain at Liverpool."

Wholestone, another Munir and Souede inmate, who was pulled up before the last in the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter, could go back to hurdling.

"Wholestone had quite a hard race in the Midlands National," said Bromley. "He will run again this season, but Aintree is coming up a bit quick for him.

"There is a handicap hurdle at Cheltenham in April which might be a thought, but there are no real targets for him."

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