Totesport.com Becher Handicap Chase (listed) (national Course) 3m 2f

  • (5yo+, 3m 2f, Class 1, 17 runners)
  • Winner £56,330 2nd £21,220 3rd £10,620 4th £5,310 5th £2,660 6th £1,330 7th £660 8th £340
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 7m 4.90s
  • Off time: 13:45:56

Full Result

13:45 Aintree
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 9 Hello Bud (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 12 10-8 S Twiston-Davies (3) 15/2f
SP 15/2f Led, headed 3 out, regained lead next, about 3 lengths clear when hit last, soon ridden, hard pressed passing elbow, stayed on well final 75 yards £2400-£300
2nd 14 Royal Rosa (FR) J Howard Johnson 11 10-0 p B Hughes 14/1
SP 14/1 Mid-division, hampered 11th, left 4th 16th (valentines), headway 3 out, went 2nd next, ridden after last, kept on and every chance passing elbow, no extra final 75 yards opened 16/1
3rd 10 5 One Cool Cookie (IRE) C F Swan 9 11-2 pt A P Heskin (5) 25/1
SP 25/1 Towards rear, struggling 14th (foinavon), 6th and plenty to do 3 out, ridden next, stayed on under pressure to go 3rd flat, no chance with leading pair opened 22/1
4th 6 16 Ballyvesey (IRE) P Bowen 5 10-0 v T Scudamore 25/1
SP 25/1 Tracked leaders, went 2nd 8th, led 3 out, soon ridden, headed next, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 3rd flat opened 33/1
5th 8 1 Notre Pere (FR) J T R Dreaper 9 11-12 p A E Lynch 8/1
SP 8/1 In touch, bumped 4th, lost place when hampered 13th (bechers brook), 5th and no impression when hit 3 out, kept on same pace from next opened 9/1 touched 15/2
6th 10 Irish Raptor (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 11 10-3 P J Brennan 11/1
SP 11/1 Mid-division, headway and in touch 11th, left 3rd 13th (bechers brook)effort and every chance when blundered 2 out, not recover opened 14/1
7th 11 17 Au Courant (IRE) Mrs S Leech 10 10-0 R P Mclernon (3) 100/1
SP 100/1 Towards rear, struggling 11th, hampered 13th (bechers brook), outpaced 3 out, never near leaders
F 2 Gullible Gordon (IRE) P F Nicholls 7 11-3 Ryan Mahon (5) 12/1
SP 12/1 Mistake and hampered 1st, in touch on inside, 3rd when fell 13th (bechers brook)
F 3 Maljimar (IRE) Nick Williams 10 11-3 D A Jacob 8/1
SP 8/1 Mid-division, blundered 2nd, fell next
F 7 Merigo (FR) A Parker 9 10-12 Timmy Murphy 8/1
SP 8/1 Mid-division on outside when fell 11th £4000-£500
F 13 Minster Shadow C Grant 11 10-0 v C I Gillies 25/1
SP 25/1 Mistake 1st, tracked leaders, jumped right 4th, hampered 13th, 4th and in touch when fell 16th (valentines) opened 28/1
F 11 Newman Des Plages (FR) M Todhunter 9 10-0 (+2) J Reveley 16/1
SP 16/1 Behind, hampered 1st, fell 11th
F 15 Pak Jack (FR) R T Phillips 10 10-0 L Treadwell 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-division on inside when fell 11th
F 4 Whatuthink (IRE) O McKiernan 8 11-3 P F Mangan (7) 12/1
SP 12/1 Prominent when fell 1st
UR 8 I'moncloudnine (IRE) N P Mulholland 7 10-8 D C Costello 17/2
SP 17/2 Towards rear, headway into mid-division 5th, hampered 13th (bechers brook), 4th and in touch when hit and unseated rider 15th (canal turn) opened 9/1
UR 6 Meanus Dandy (IRE) P F Nicholls 7 10-13 b Ian Popham (5) 8/1
SP 8/1 Tracked winner to 8th, mistake 11th, 5th and in touch when unseated rider 15th ( canal turn) £2700-£300 £3200-£400
UR 12 Midnight Gold P Bowen 10 10-0 p Aidan Coleman 33/1
SP 33/1 In touch on outside, dropped to mid-division 5th, behind when mistake and unseated rider 13th (bechers brook)

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £7.70 Tote Place £1.90 £3.50 £5.80 £5.60 Straight Forecast £98.16 Exacta £154.90 Swingers 1&2 £21.30, 2&3 £84.30, 1&3 £26.40

Jackpot £10,588.92 carried forward to Ludlow, 22nd Nov
Placepot £2,160.60, Pool: £143843.27, 48.6 winning tickets
Quadpot £180.00, Pool: £17426.54, 71.61 winning tickets

Analysis

HELLO BUD had shown improved form since joining Nigel Twiston-Davies in 2008 but this was the 12 year-olds first success since making pretty much every yard in the 2009 Scottish National and it's perhaps no coincidence that this was the first time that he had raced from the same mark. He had shown his affinity for the National fences when fifth in last year's renewal of this race and when fifth in the Grand National from a 7lb higher mark. He made almost all of the running, jumped from fence to fence and stayed on gamely but this likeable individual will once again find life tough when reassessed. Royal Rosa was a smart horse in his youth but hadn't won since 2006 despite slipping steadily down the weights; he had, however run one of his best races since when finishing third in last year's renewal from a 6lb higher mark. He shaped well on his seasonal reappearance at this track over the regulation fences and ran a fine race in defeat but just couldn't get past the winner on the run-in. He can be expected to continue to ply his trade in staying chases but is unlikely to be rated highly enough to get into the National and will continue to find it hard to win. They pulled a long way clear of One Cool Cookie who is a useful staying chaser with a fair few miles on the clock. He struggled to go the pace throughout but stayed on dourly from a long way back to finish third; he was entered in last season's Grand National but Charlie Swan felt that he was unrealistically handicapped and this will hardly have helped his cause. Ballyvesey has only won twice in his career but took well to the fences and only got left behind close home; he has plenty of experience for a five year old but could improve further as he matures. Notre Pere struggled in Graded races last season but shaped encouragingly in a Listed race earlier this month and ran well enough under a big weight on ground that was faster than ideal; he was in contention until pecking badly at Bechers Brook and almost coming to a standstill. Irish Raptor loomed up travelling strongly but weakened quickly after a bad mistake at the second last; he is a regular here and has been given a chance by the handicapper. Minster Shadow and I'moncloudnine still had a long way to go but were still in contention when departing. Gullible Gordon really looked to be warming to his task and was travelling strongly when putting in a huge leap at Bechers Brook only to collide with Irish Raptor in mid-air and come down. Newman Des Plages was creeping into contention when falling at the eleventh; he ran to a smart level in France in his youth and had looked on the way back when winning impressively at Carlisle last month and remains of interest.