Betfred Becher Handicap Chase (Listed) 3m 2f

  • (6yo+, 3m 2f, Class 1, 16 runners)
  • Winner £61,897 2nd £23,320 3rd £11,671 4th £5,830 5th £2,926 6th £1,463 7th £726 8th £374
  • Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places, National Heavy)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 7m 21.50s
  • Off time: 14:10:17
Full result
Result 14:10 Aintree
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 14 Hello Bud 14/1
2nd 2 Join Together nk 5/1
3rd 3 Big Fella Thanks 7/1
4th 5 Swing Bill nse 20/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 1121/46-
EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap BallaBriggs (IRE) 238
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:J M Maguire
  • Form: 1121/46-
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 156
  • Naps:
11 166 11-12 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 156 10/1
2 F11P3-7
Royal blue, orange star, royal blue sleeves, orange stars and cap Join Together (IRE) 35
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: F11P3-7
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 148
  • Naps:
7 158 11-4 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 148 5/1
3 2F447/U
Light Blue, Royal Blue star, White and Royal Blue check sleeves and cap Big Fella Thanks 42
  • T:T R George
  • J:P J Brennan
  • Form: 2F447/U
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-1t
  • OR: 145
  • Naps:
10 155 11-1 t T R George P J Brennan 145 7/1
4 8/1211-5
Black and White diamonds, Emerald Green sleeves and cap Problema Tic (FR) 21
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:T Scudamore
  • Form: 8/1211-5
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR: 142
  • Naps:
6 152 10-12 D Pipe T Scudamore 142 8/1
5 200P-P1
ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots Swing Bill (FR) 22
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:C O'Farrell
  • Form: 200P-P1
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR: 142
  • Naps:
11 152 10-12 D Pipe C O'Farrell 142 20/1
6 B/P1FP-3
Red, White sleeves, Red spots, Brown cap West End Rocker (IRE) 28
  • T:A King
  • J:R Thornton
  • Form: B/P1FP-3
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR: 142
  • Naps:
10 152 10-12 A King R Thornton 142 4/1f
7 21-1133
Maroon, Yellow sleeves, White armlets, White cap Mumbles Head (IRE) 42
  • T:P Bowen
  • J:T J O'Brien
  • Form: 21-1133
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 10-10
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
11 150 10-10 P Bowen T J O'Brien 140 16/1
8 P76U1/5
Royal Blue, Emerald Green sleeves, Yellow cap Poker De Sivola (FR) 43
  • T:Ferdy Murphy
  • J:J Reveley
  • Form: P76U1/5
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-6
  • OR: 136
  • Naps:
9 146 10-6 Ferdy Murphy J Reveley 136 25/1
9 783-614
Pink and Mauve (quartered), Mauve sleeves, White cap Any Currency (IRE) 21
  • T:M Keighley
  • J:Aidan Coleman
  • Form: 783-614
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-4e
  • OR: 134
  • Naps:
9 144 10-4 e M Keighley Aidan Coleman 134 12/1
10 U0/P35-P
EMERALD GREEN In Compliance (IRE) 13
  • T:D T Hughes
  • J:N P Madden
  • Form: U0/P35-P
  • Age: 12
  • Weight: 10-4
  • OR: 134
  • Naps:
12 144 10-4 D T Hughes N P Madden 134 10/1
11 7P/160-7
Royal Blue and White diabolo, White sleeves and cap Midnight Haze 22
  • T:K C Bailey
  • J:D C Costello
  • Form: 7P/160-7
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-4
  • OR: 134
  • Naps:
10 144 10-4 K C Bailey D C Costello 134 16/1
12 5120-25
Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap Fabalu (IRE) 42
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:B Harding
  • Form: 5120-25
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-1b
  • OR: 131
  • Naps:
10 141 10-1 b D McCain Jnr B Harding 131 20/1
13 1F9/44-0
Red, dark green sleeves, white armlets, white cap, red spots Gullible Gordon (IRE) 14
  • T:P Bowen
  • J:Ryan Mania
  • Form: 1F9/44-0
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-0
  • OR: 130
  • Naps:
9 140 10-0 P Bowen Ryan Mania 130 25/1
14 6547-35
BLACK, WHITE sleeves, YELLOW cap Hello Bud (IRE) 22
  • T:N A Twiston-Davies
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 6547-35
  • Age: 14
  • Weight: 10-0t
  • OR: 125
  • Naps:
14 140 10-0 t N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 125 14/1
15 5U2776-
LIGHT BLUE, ORANGE epaulets Minella Theatre (IRE) 239
  • T:Mrs L Hill
  • J:D Bass
  • Form: 5U2776-
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-0pt
  • OR: 116
  • Naps:
9 140 10-0 pt Mrs L Hill D Bass 116 16/1
16 376-P27
White, Red chevron, Emerald Green and Red striped sleeves, Red cap Ballyvesey (IRE) 114
  • T:P Bowen
  • J:J E Moore
  • Form: 376-P27
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-0vt
  • OR: 115
  • Naps:
7 140 10-0 vt P Bowen J E Moore 115 33/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2011   West End Rocker (IRE)
  • T:A King
  • J:W Hutchinson
9 10-10 A King W Hutchinson 10/1
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In depth

Verdict

Ballabriggs won the Grand National over these fences in 2011 when today's rivals Big Fella Thanks and In Compliance were also-rans and Hello Bud and West End Rocker failed to finish. The latter landed this 12 months ago, however, and Hello Bud was still prominent when unseating his rider at the Canal Turn so neither can be discounted. Ballyvesey finished a distant third last year while Swing Bill was pulled up, though David Pipe's grey came back to form at Cheltenham last time when beating a subsequent winner. Pipe also runs the unexposed Problema Tic, who was just behind Any Currency at Cheltenham on his reappearance, but JOIN TOGETHER may be the class act. The seven-year-old was a bit ring-rusty at Ascot last month but that was his first run outside of novice company and he looks well-weighted here on his defeat of subsequent National Hunt Chase hero Teaforthree at Cheltenham around this time last year.

Formwatch

Hello Bud (IRE) 25-1 (11-8) Prominent, tracked leader 21st, lost place after 4 out, weakened 3 out, beaten when lost 4th last, 5th of 16, 48l behind Uncle Junior (11-8) at Cheltenham 3m 7f crs cntry chs (5yo+) (2) gs in Nov.

Join Together (IRE) 13-2 (10-11) Held up, mistake 3rd, struggling 14th, no chance when hampered 2 out (normal 3 out), 7th of 14, 24l behind Roberto Goldback (10-10) at Ascot 3m Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Nov.

Big Fella Thanks 5-2fav (11-12) Held up behind in touch, blundered and unseated rider soon after 8th, in a race won by Marufo (10-7) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Oct, 9 ran.

Swing Bill (FR) 14-1 (11-4) Held up in mid-division, steady headway 13th, chased leaders next, went 2nd 3 out, led before next and soon clear, ridden out from last, stayed on well, won at Cheltenham 3m am hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Nov beating Sizing Santiago (10-8) by 3l, 14 ran.

In Compliance (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Rear of mid-division, weakened from 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up before next, in a race won by Tofino Bay (11-4) at Navan 3m hcp chs 0-150 hvy in Nov, 20 ran.

Gullible Gordon (IRE) 25-1 (11-8) Held up in touch, pushed along and towards rear from 10th, 10th of 11, well behind Quartz De Thaix (11-12) at Haydock 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Nov.

Poker De Sivola (FR) 18-1 (10-8) Behind, hampered 10th, struggling 13th, never near leaders, 5th of 8, 39l behind Benny Be Good (11-12) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Oct.

BallaBriggs (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Mid-division, hit 19th and 23rd (canal turn), headway next, 7th 3 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression, 6th of 40, 18l behind Neptune Collonges (11-6) at Aintree 4m 4f Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (7yo+) (1) gd in Apr.

West End Rocker (IRE) 25-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, hit 2nd, not fluent 7th, not fluent and lost place 9th, mistakes 14th and 15th, went modest 4th 3 out, went 3rd near finish, 3rd of 12, 45l behind The Package (11-1) at Wincanton 3m 1f listed hcp chs (1) gs in Nov.

Midnight Haze 11-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, led 14th to 16th, in touch until lost place 6 out, soon weakened, 7th of 16, well behind Uncle Junior (11-8) at Cheltenham 3m 7f crs cntry chs (5yo+) (2) gs in Nov.

Minella Theatre (IRE) 40-1 (10-0) Towards rear, ridden before 2 out, kept on from last, no impression, 6th of 26, 31l behind Always Waining (10-11) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr.

Ballyvesey (IRE) 7-2fav (11-9) Held up towards rear, weakened from 13th, 7th of 9, 36l behind Stormhoek (11-1) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Aug.

Problema Tic (FR) 10-1 (11-9) Towards rear, headway approachuing 16th, chasing leaders when hit 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 16, 19l behind Monbeg Dude (10-0) at Cheltenham 3m 3f hcp chs Grd 3 (1) sft in Nov.

Mumbles Head (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Held up in touch, tracked leaders 4 out, went 2nd next, 3 lengths down and ridden after 2 out, rallied approaching last, no extra when lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Marufo (10-7) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Oct.

Fabalu (IRE) 15-2 (10-12) Led to 5th, tracked leader, led again 11th, headed after 4 out, outpaced next, weakened 2 out, 5th of 9, 26l behind Marufo (10-7) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Oct.

Any Currency (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance 3 out, no extra in 4th before last, 4th of 16, 14l behind Monbeg Dude (10-0) at Cheltenham 3m 3f hcp chs Grd 3 (1) sft in Nov.