13:30 Aintree

Saturday 9 December 2017

All11:5512:2512:5513:3014:0514:3515:10

    Randox Health Becher Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (National Course)

  • 6YO plus  |   Class 1  |   3m 1f 188y  |   Heavy  |   15 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 13:31  |   Winning time: 7m 17.7s
1st
Horse silk
3
7/4f
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: G Sheehan
Held up towards rear, steady headway from 11th, went 2nd before 2 out, led last, clear before elbow, stayed on strongly op 2/1 tchd 13/8
2nd
Horse silk
9
1
7/1
T: K C BaileyJ: David Bass
Prominent early, chased leaders, lost place 5th, headway 11th, lost place again before 13th, closed 17th, went 3rd 2 out, went 2nd before elbow, stayed on, no impression on winner op 9/1
3rd
Horse silk
5
11
12/1
T: James MoffattJ: Henry Brooke
Prominent, led 11th, headed last, edged right and dropped to 3rd before elbow, one pace op 9/1
4th
Horse silk
2 ¾
16
33/1
T: D McCain JnrJ: W T Kennedy
Mid-division on inside, headway 6th, went 2nd 14th until before 2 out, 4th and one pace from last tchd 28/1
5th
Horse silk
4 ½
15
33/1
T: P GriffinJ: C O'Farrell
In rear, headway from 15th (canal turn), 5th after 3 out, never troubled leaders op 28/1
6th
Horse silk
6
6
28/1
T: N P MulhollandJ: Mr S Waley-Cohen (3)
Held up towards rear on inside, mistake 9th, headway before 14th, struggling 17th, disputing well held 6th 2 out op 33/1
7th
Horse silk
38
4
7/1
T: D PipeJ: T Scudamore
Tracked leaders, lost place before 16th (valentines), weakened 3 out, remote 8th 2 out, tailed off tchd 15/2
8th
Horse silk
6
13
12/1
T: E O'GradyJ: P T Enright
Made most until 11th, mistake and losing place 17th, disputing well held 6th 2 out, blundered last, tailed off op 11/1

Also Ran

PU
Horse silk
2
25/1
T: C L TizzardJ: T J O'Brien
Held up towards rear, struggling when hampered 10th, blundered 12th, behind when pulled up before 15th (canal turn) op 33/1
UR
Horse silk
5
14/1
T: P F NichollsJ: S Bowen
Held up towards rear, blundered and unseated rider 10th
F
Horse silk
7
25/1
T: J H CullotyJ: B S Hughes
Mid-division, mistake 5th, fell 10th op 28/1
PU
Horse silk
8
14/1
T: Kerry LeeJ: J E Moore
Prominent on outside, mistake 9th, lost place before 15th (canal turn), behind when pulled up before 17th op 12/1
PU
Horse silk
10
12/1
T: F O'BrienJ: J J Burke
In touch, not fluent 6th (chair), blundered badly and lost place 15th (canal turn), pulled up before 3 out op 11/1
PU
Horse silk
12
20/1
T: M F MorrisJ: R P McLernon
Prominent, slow 1st, driven 10th, soon lost place, pulled up before 16th (valentines) op 22/1
PU
Horse silk
14
40/1
T: Mrs S J SmithJ: Sean Quinlan
Chased leaders, lost place before 4th, slow and behind 9th, pulled up before 10th op 50/1

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Non-Runners

9
Horse silk
Vic De Touzaine28
Weight: 10-6|  Age: 8
T: Miss V Williams  J: L Treadwell
NR

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£2.50Pl:£1.80, £2.80, £2.30EX:£15.60Trifecta:£191.80Tricast:£120.30SF:£13.65Swingers:£4.10, £11.60, £16.70

Forecasts

Blaklion (7/4), The Last Samuri (7/1), Vieux Lion Rouge (7/1), Highland Lodge (12/1), Westerner Point (12/1), Viva Steve (12/1), As De Mee (14/1), Goodtoknow (14/1), Vic De Touzaine (16/1), Rogue Angel (20/1), Lord Windermere (25/1), Sizing Codelco (25/1), The Young Master (28/1), Federici (33/1), Portrait King (33/1), Straidnahanna (40/1)

Verdict

An exciting renewal of the Becher Chase in which the 2016 1-2-3 Vieux Lion Rogue, Highland Lodge and The Last Samurai all re-commence battle. Vieux Lion Rogue produced some sterling efforts thereafter including when downing BLAKLION at Haydock in February (3m4f), and when finishing sixth to One For Arthur in the Grand National, but he returned with a moderate effort in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby in October; a race in which the selection was narrowly beaten by the subsequent emphatic Grade 1 Betfair Chase winner Bristol De Mai. Like 2015 winner Highland Lodge, and the 2016 Grand National runner up The Last Samurai, Blaklion has nothing to prove over these fences after his fine 8¾L Grand National fourth to One For Arthur. Whilst the potential value in his price has fast evaporated following strong ante-post support, he remains the most likely winner. For those seeking an each-way alternative, the Kerry Lee trained Goodtoknow is a viable option. This nine-year-old wasn’t totally disgraced in finishing 13th in the Grand National in April on his first attempt over these fences, and his earlier 6L second to One For Arthur in Warwick’s Classic Chase represents a rock-solid effort.
  1. Blaklion
  2. Goodtoknow
  3. The Last Samuri

Previous Winners

2016
Vieux Lion Rouge
Weight: 10-9  |Age: 7
8/1

Prize Money

1st: £81,388.002nd: £30,610.003rd: £15,298.004th: £7,642.005th: £3,842.006th: £1,914.007th: £986.008th: £522.009th: £290.0010th: £145.00

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