Dynaste speaheads Bowl sextet
Ryanair Chase hero Dynaste heads a field of six declared for the Betfred Bowl Chase at Aintree on Thursday.
The David Pipe-trained grey justified stable confidence as he landed the Grade One prize at the Cheltenham Festival.
Though the Ryanair was over two miles and five furlongs, the extra half a mile he has to travel on Merseyside should hold no fears as he won the Mildmay Novices' Chase over course and distance last April.
The first three home in the Bowl last year are set to do battle again.
Irish raider First Lieutenant got the verdict 12 months ago and Mouse Morris' charge goes for a repeat.
Philip Hobbs' runner-up Menorah and the Paul Nicholls-trained Silviniaco Conti, who was third, will be trying to reverse the placings.
There is a second Irish challenger in the shape of the Tom Taaffe-trained Argocat, winner of the Red Mills Chase at Gowran in February.
Houblon Des Obeaux, from the Venetia Williams stable and ninth in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, completes the sextet.