The Chair is one of the key fences to be jumped in the Becher Chase
The betting for the Becher Chase is always exciting, with a number of Grand National horses set to take their chance at Aintree, and you can find the latest odds for the race below...
Becher Chase Tips
The Becher Chase offers horses a stern test of both stamina and jumping which means it can be an interesting race each season. Course form at Aintree is always important and that is why we have gone with a past winner in the form of Vieux Lion Rouge. The David Pipe trained horse was an excellent winner at Chepstow earlier this season and back over his favourite obstacles, he can win the race for a second time on Saturday.
The Becher Chase is a Grade Three handicap race run over a trip of three miles and two furlongs at Aintree racecourse.
There are 21 fences to be jumped in the race which is a key trial for Grand National horses later in the same season with the same famous fences used for both races. Silver Birch and Amberleigh House are two winners of the Becher Chase who went on to win the National later in their careers while Earth Summit won the trial race after his win in the world's most famous chase back in 1998.
What happened in the 2018 Becher Chase?
The 2018 Becher Chase was jam packed full of horses with experience over the National fences but it was a first timer that got the win i the form of the exciting Walk In The Mill. The Robert Walford trained chaser took to the larger obstacles like a duck to water before pulling well clear after the last in soft ground that clearly suited a horse who at the time appeared to be going places.
The Becher Chase was introduced in 1992 as a new fixture to Aintree and it has been a rock solid part of the jumps racing calendar ever since. Named after the memory of Martin Becher, the Becher Chase was upgraded to Grade Three level back in 2014 and it retains its position as the key trial for the Grand National itself.
The race is widely used by trainers to experiment with their horses over the National fences with those who take to the jumps well often targeted at a return to the main meeting in the spring.
Some hugely popular horses have won the Becher Chase in recent years including the 14-year-old Hello Bud who won the race for a second time at the grand old age in 2012. Course specialists are always popular with punters in Liverpool and that has certainly been the case in the Becher Chase with horses like Black Apalachi, Oscar Time and Vieux Lion Rouge all coming back to tackle the Grand National fences time and time again.
Who is the most iconic winner of the Becher Chase?
The Becher Chase roll of honour is a significant one with some excellent horses already on the winners board including three winners of the Grand National itself. Chief among those is Amberleigh House who made his name by winning the National at the age of 12, for the trainer of Red Rum, Ginger McCain. His win in the Becher back in 2001 was a the statement for a future national winner ad although it took him three years to fulfil those dreams, Amberleigh House deserves his place at the top of the tree in this race.
Are there any trials for the Becher Chase?
There are no direct trials before the Becher Chase but punters are well advised to keep an eye on the ante-post Grand National betting for an idea of horses who could turn up in the trial race. Trainers who fancy their horses to run well in the National in April will often use the Becher as a testing ground for their first start over the fences, although we will also see older horses with experience over the National fences start their season in Becher Chase.
Who is the most successful jockey in the Becher Chase?
The Becher Chase is a relatively young race but there are two jockeys with two wins in the race at this stage.Tony Dobbin won on Into the Red (1996) and Feels Like Gold (1999), while Sam Twiston-Davies currewntly sits alongside him thanks to Hello Bud (2010 + 2012).
Who is the most successful trainer in the Becher Chase?
Nigel Twiston-Davies is out on his own in the Becher Chase with six wins to his name in the race with the Gloucestershore handler the master when it comes to Aintree and the National fences. The Gold Cup winning trainer has won the Becher with Indian Tonic (1993), Young Hustler (1995), Earth Summit (1998), Hello Bud (2010 + 2012) and Blaklion (2017).