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A Grade 3 Class 1 Handicap Chase

A handicap chase over 3 Miles 2 Furlongs at Aintree racecourse over the Grand National fences




 

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The Betfred Becher Chase is a listed chase and is run over three miles two furlongs and is open to horses of five years and older.

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The Becher chase is run over The Grand National fences at Aintree and is often a race that trainers use to try out possible Grand National runners. In the previous runnings only three Grand National winner have come from the race but lots more of the Becher winners have gone on to run really well in the race.

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Looks a very good race this year with some good potential long distance chasers in the race.

On His Own looks an interesting runner in the race from Willie Mullins, He has fallen in the last two runnings of The Grand National but is tried here again over the shorter trip.

Listed Chase winner Wyck Hill tries these fences for the first time today, after he did not run in last seasons National. He looks the type for these fences and will be a very interesting runner if he takes to them.

Walkon looks another interesting runner from the in form Alan King Yard. Was impressive at this course last spring when second in the Topham but he unseated here last month in the Old Roan.

Lots of potential in what could be quite an open race.



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Number Form Name Age Weight Trainer Jockey Rating


1 4PP-25 Junior 10 11-12 David Pipe Liam Heard 155
Heading the weights today this nice 10-year-old chestnut gelding from the David Pipe yard looks to have too much weight to make an impression today. Although a winner over 3 miles 2 furlongs this horse has been tried in various Nationals. In 2012 he was tried in the Scottish National where he was pulled up after the 18th fence, however this did come a few weeks after he was tried in the Aintree National where he fell at the second fence (perhaps not a good omen for this race). Was tried in the Irish National last season but was pulled up before two-out. Nice enough horse but you have to wonder if he's in this to allow the stable's other horses to carry less weight.
9 wins from 44 starts (4 wins from 16 chase starts) on ground ranging from good to firm through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 2 furlongs.



2 2P52-U Walkon 8 11-8 Alan King Wayne Hutchinson 151
Running from the in form Alan King yard this eight-year-old grey gelding is a consistent sort and has taken well to the jump game after being a decent flat horse. Travels well in races and has plenty of speed. He was second in last year's Topham Chase at the Aintree Festival and ran two months ago in the Old Roan chase over these fences. He blundered and unseated his rider that day but generally he jumps well. The main problem for this horse would be the distance having not won a race further than 2 1/2 miles and when tried at longer distances has not really got home.
9 wins from 27 starts (1 win from 10 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs.



3 12U5-0 Big Fella Thanks 11 11-8 Tom George Paddy Brennan 151
Really smart 11-year-old chaser from the Tom George training yard. Unseated his rider in last year's National at the eighth fence, but that was the third time he had run in the race, the previous two occasions were when he was a good seventh to Ballabriggs in 2011, fourth in 2010, and sixth in 2009. Adding to that he was third in this race last year. This horse certainly fits the profile of the winner even though he has not won over this course to date. Perhaps if any horse deserves the win then Big Fella Thanks does. Sure to put up a good show today and would certainly not be a surprise winner.
5 wins from 26 starts (three wins from 23 chase starts) on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong.



4 355U-4 Roberto Goldback 11 11-8 Nicky Henderson David Bass 151
This 11-year-old bay gelding who was tried over these fences in the Aintree National last year but unseated his rider at the last fence when tailed off. Ran well for a lot of the race before seemingly getting tired. A winner of the grade 3 handicap Chase at ascot in 2012, over 3 miles shows that the horse has a bit of class about him. Likes some giving the ground to show his best.
6 wins from 36 starts (four wins from 29 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles.



5 2710-5 Across The Bay 9 11-3 Donald McCain Jason Maguire 146
A nine-year-old bay gelding from the stable with the best record over these fences, Donald McCain. A nice enough hurdler who is doing well in long-distance chases. He was seventh in last year's Welsh National on very heavy ground and went well for a long time before getting tired in the finishing stages. Ran in last year's Grand National and finished 14th, again he ran well for most of the race before weakening in the final stages. Looks a nice enough prospect and no horse from this yard can be dismissed completely. Will have some improvement to come and a good run could make him very interesting next April.
7 wins from 33 starts (3 wins from 12 chase starts) on ground ranging from soft through to heavy and up to a distance 3 miles and 2 furlongs.



6 2P0-96 Join Together 8 11-3 Paul Nicholls Ryan Mahon 146
Another who was tried in the Grand National last season and this horse finished in 12th position and although running well did not look like winning the race at any stage. The fact that he got around without any mistakes shows that these fences should not cause a problem to him and it would not be a surprise to see him making the frame today. That said there are others but have more appeal in the race today. Blinkered for the first time today and if that does the trick he could improve on his previous form.
3 wins from 15 starts (2wins from 11 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and 2 furlongs.



7 F5-176 On His Own 9 11-1 W P Mullins Paul Townend 144
Tried twice and fell/unseated twice in the Grand National over these fences. In the 2012 Grand National he fell when going really well at Bechers on the second circuit. That good run saw him start a short price for last year's national but he did not run so well and was beginning to tire when he fell at the 25th fence. This horse has good pace in a race and that may put in in good stead today but taking a short price given his previous form over this course is taking a risk. That is not to say that he is not good enough to win this race but it is still something of a risk nevertheless. I winner of a valuable the radiate chase in Ireland over 3 miles shows that he may well have the class to do well here.
6 wins from 16 starts (three wins from nine chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong.



8 530P- Planet Of Sound 11 11-1 Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson 144
This 11-year-old bay gelding does not seem to take much racing. Was a really good novice and looked to be making the grade in the following year when he won a grade 2 race at Exeter and also the grade 1 Guinness Gold cup at Punchestown. Has run well since but perhaps not quite the form as may have been expected however he has been second in a Hennessy and fifth in the King George so clearly he has a lot of ability. He was tried in the Grand National in 2012 and finished with credit in 12th position therefore he has seen these fences before. If he runs up to his full potential he could be the best of this group. Would not be a surprise to see him in the frame.
6 wins from 26 starts (4 wins from 19 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong.



9 2643-P Bostons Angel 9 10-13 David Pipe Tom Scudamore 142
Only recently moved to the David Pipe yard and comes here for his first run for him. This horse has plenty of talent and could well be better than his rating today. A winner of the grade one RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2011, he has struggled to see that form since, in fact he has not won a race since that date. Has run well in good races and looked as if he may be coming back to a bit of form last year when fourth in the cross-country chase at the Cheltenham Festival. A good jumper and a good traveller and a return to his best form would see him in with a good chance here today. Horses can often run well first time in a new stable and I'm sure that's what the connections hope.
8 wins from 29 starts (4 wins from 17 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong.



10 21372- Vesper Bell 7 10-13 W P Mullins D.J.Casey 142
Willie Mullins sends over this young seven-year-old bay gelding to try out these fences for the first time today. A good novice season ended with a seventh position in the Fulke Walwyn and Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival. And then a good second over 3 miles and 6 furlongs handicap chase at Punchestown. He is the stable's second string today, he will improve and could be the one to watch.
3 wins from 11 starts (one win from 5 chase starts) on ground ranging from soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles.



11 1103-9 Wyck Hill 9 10-11 David Bridgwater Andrew Tinkler 140
A really nice horse who was doing very well as a novice. He was a winner of a valuable handicap chase last December at Ascot beating the very smart Katenko. He then went off the boil and did not show that sort of form for the rest of the season. He was due to run in the Grand National but a slight injury shortly before the race ruled him out. He has had one start so far this season when a disappointing 9th. A good horse but difficult to recommend until we see a good run from him.
4 wins from 17 starts (4 wins from 9 starts in chases) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong.



12 14406- Swing Bill 12 10-11 David Pipe Connor O'Farell 140
Another from the David pipe yard this 12-year-old was a very good 6th in last year's Grand National. Where he ran very well for the whole race only weakening from two out. A similar run today would see him in with a good chance of making the frame. This race today will be his third attempt in this race. He was pulled in 2011 and was a good fourth to Hello Budd last year.
6 wins from 43 starts (4 wins from 31 chase starts) on ground ranging from good to firm through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong.



13 3489-1 Ikorodu Road 10 10-11 Matt Sheppard Charlie Poste 140
A 10-year-old gelding tying these fences for the first time today. Not a prolific winner but often runs well on Park courses. Comes sure today on the back of a good win in a handicap over 2 1/2 miles. That would not seem the sort of form required for this over a considerably longer distance, however he has won over 3 miles and three furlongs. Will have to improve a fair bit to win here today on known form.
4 wins from 27 starts (3 wins from 21 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and 3 furlongs.



14 F51-12 Sizing Australia 11 10-8 Henry De Bromhead A E Lynch 137
A nice 11-year-old bay gelding who seems to be running into form at the moment, two wins and a second in last three runs with a first and second in runs this season. He's in good form and could be one of the really dark horses in the race today. He has been contesting the cross-country chases at the Cheltenham Festival and was a good fifth last March and a good fourth the year before but perhaps his best form was back in 2009 where he was second on two occasions at this time of year behind the very smart Garde Champetre who seemed to be unbeatable over this type of course at that time. A return to that sort of form over these quirky fences could make his large starting price seem like a joke. Any move in the betting market should not be ignored.
5 wins from 43 starts (3 wins from 26 chase starts) on ground ranging from good to firm through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 7 furlongs.



15 11U13/ Baby Run 13 10-7 Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 136
A fantastic chaser who is consistent, travels well in his races and has a good win to race ratio. Winner of the Foxhunters Chase over these fences in 2011. He was the winner of the Foxhunters Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2010 and was very unlucky the following year to unseat his rider two-out when going really well. Looks that type that will love this course and must be a horse that loves his racing as he has not run for 959 days, he is now 13 rising 14 and although he has great form it is difficult to see horse of this age win a handicap as good as this. There would not be a more popular winner.
10 wins from 24 starts (8 wins from 16 chase starts) on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 3 furlongs.



16 60235 Pineau De Re 10 10-6 Dr Richard Newland Brian Hughes 135
A well exposed 10-year-old bay gelding. He looks to have plenty on his plate running here today and does not look quite up to this class.
5 wins from 29 starts (2 wins from 12 cheer starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 4 furlongs.



17 114P- Rose Of The Moon 8 10-6 David O´Meara Jake Greenall3 135
Eight-year-old grey gelding is having his first run of the season. A nice horse who has generally been going up the ratings but will have to improve on what we've seen so far to be in with a shout in this competitive race. Untried at the course or over these fences but is generally a good jumper.
4 wins from 14 starts (two wins from four chase starts) on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and one furlong.



18 F0498- Chance Du Roy 9 10-6 Philip Hobbs Tom O'Brien 135
A nice but well exposed nine-year-old chestnut gelding from the Philip Hobbs yard. Did not really run up to his form bofore last season and finished ninth in the Aintree Topham Chase a race which he finished second in in the previous season. Needs to be back to his best and perhaps a little better to win this today. This horse has also not won at a distance further than 2 miles and 4 furlongs.
7 wins from 30 starts (5 wins from 18 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 2 miles and f4 furlongs.



19 72119F Gullible Gordon 10 10-6 Peter Bowen Donal Devereux 135

A 10-year-old chestnut gelding running in this race for the third time. In 2010 he fell and 2012 he was 6th. Has also run in the Tophm at this course, and was a course winner in June this year although not over these fences. Running consistently in spring and summer earlier this year but fell last time out in the cross-country race at the Cheltenham's November weekend. He is a versatile horse and although at 10 years old he is unlikely to be improving a run up to his best form over these quirky fences could be enough to get him in the frame.
5 wins from 30 starts (4 wins from 22 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and 4 furlongs.



20 1022-0 Chartreux 8 10-5 Tom George A Crawley 134
A nice consistent young horse now taking a large step up in class. His last run was in the Kerry national in Ireland over 3 miles on soft ground. He ran well for a good time before being pushed along and weakening at the end of the race. That was back in September and was a little disappointing. He may be best watched today.
4 wins from 14 starts (2 wins from 9 starts over fences) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 4 furlongs.



21 P-3313 Storm Survivor 7 10-5 Jonjo O´Neill Richie McLennon 134
A nice horse who has been slowly creeping up the ratings. Only seven years old and from the Jonjo O'Neill training camp. Has been stepped up in class this season and has not been disgraced in any of his running’s yet. He could be something of a dark horse and he runs well for the jockey on board today.
5 wins from 24 starts (2 wins from 11 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and 2 furlongs.



22 P2-457 Mr Moonshine 9 10-4 Sue Smith Ryan Mania 133
A nine-year-old bay gelding who has been running in handicaps and also graded handicaps. A genuine horse who will runs well consistently which perhaps keeps him higher in the handicap than he deserves. Sure to be better than his handicap rating today and it would not be a surprise to see him do well at a big price. Running with credit two months ago in the old Roan chase finishing fourth. Was tried in last year's national but had little chance.
4 wins from 27 starts (2 wins from 16 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 2 furlongs.



23 PF1P-6 Bennys Mist 7 10-1 Venetia Williams Aiden Coleman 130
A seven-year-old consistent bay gelding from the in form Venetia Williams yard. This horse has been progressing really well and was stepped up in grade to contest the Topham Chase at the Aintree Festival last year. He was well behind that day and was pulled up but that was after a long season. Has had a pipe opener this year back in October where he ran well but did seem to get tired at the end of the race. Probably needed that race should be spot-on today.
5 wins from 19 races (3 wins from 10 chase starts) on ground ranging from soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles.



24 541129 Ballybough Gorta 6 10-0 Peter Bowen Robert Dunne (3) 129
At six years old the youngest horse in the race, this bay gelding is consistent if at a level below this. Looks to have plenty to do today but is one of the few horses that would enjoy genuine good ground should it turn out that way today. Could be anything but there are others with more appeal today.
7 wins from 19 starts (7 wins from 13 chase starts) on ground ranging from good to firm through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and 2 furlongs.






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