Confirmed Hewick sets eyes to the Aintree Bowl

Trainer John Hanlon has confirmed Hewick will not be heading to the Grand National as we set eyes to the Aintree Bowl instead

The anticipation within the racing community reaches a fever pitch as top-weight Hewick undergoes a strategic pivot. Trainer Shark Hanlon’s bold decision to withdraw Hewick from the Randox Grand National has ignited intrigue. Instead, all eyes now turn towards the esteemed Aintree Bowl, slated just two days earlier.

Hewick’s Triumph

Hewick, renowned for his gallant victory at the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, has captured the hearts of racing enthusiasts with his resilience and unwavering determination. Many had envisioned a spring double for Hewick, with aspirations of competing in both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National. However, fate had other plans in store.

The Grand National Conundrum

Initially positioned to carry the formidable top weight of 11st 12lb in the Grand National, boasting an impressive mark of 169, Hewick’s trajectory took an unexpected turn due to rain-soaked ground conditions. Trainer Hanlon found himself at a crossroads, deliberating whether to bear the burden of the top weight in the world’s most renowned steeplechase. Ultimately, an alternative emerged—the Aintree Bowl.

Aintree Bowl: The New Target

The allure of the Aintree Bowl, staged at the iconic Aintree Racecourse, proved too enticing to resist. Hanlon’s rationale behind this decision is crystal clear: given Hewick’s prolonged hiatus, this race presents a more judicious option. The King George hero now sets his sights on conquering the formidable four-and-a-quarter-mile challenge at Aintree.

Gold Cup Glory Next Term

Hanlon’s strategic maneuver aligns seamlessly with a broader, long-term vision. By opting for the Bowl, Hewick strategically positions himself for another opportunity at Gold Cup glory in the upcoming years. The forthcoming race guarantees stiff competition, with formidable contenders such as Paul Nicholls’ horse, Bravemansgame, vying for supremacy.

Stay tuned for further updates

As anticipation mounts for the forthcoming Aintree Bowl, racing enthusiasts brace themselves for an electrifying clash of titans. Keep a close watch for more updates as the racing world eagerly awaits the unfolding drama on the tracks.


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