Becher Handicap Chase Betting Odds Comparison - Aintree

05/12/2020 13:30:00

While the Aintree Grand National is the most famous steeplechase in the world, there are other races at Aintree Racecourse which are run over the famous Grand National fences and that includes the Becher Chase which is run on Saturday 5 December over a distance of three miles and two furlongs.

Ultimately, this is something of a dress rehearsal for the Grand National race and we often see several of the best performing horses in the Becher Chase go on to compete in the April Aintree spectacular, with both races being run over the same obstacles and over the same distances.

Kimberlite Candy and Walk In The Mill Favourites to Win

Kimberlite Candy could be a star of the future, with the eight-year-old having finished second in this race last year and that is a great marker for how the horse can perform in this clash, with the runner not seen since winning a Grade 3 encounter at Warwick Racecourse and it will be interesting to see how the horse comes back after such a long lay-off.

Walk In The Mill has been seen at a racecourse more recently, with the Robert Walford trained charge having needed a seasonal reappearance when finishing seventh in the Sodexo Gold Cup Handicap Chase and he outran his odds of 50/1.

The horse did win the Becher Chase a year ago and clearly has excellent credentials over this course and distance as a result, with the horse also going well at Chepstow in a Novices’ Hurdle in January.

Ramses De Teillee could come into this race after a success at the Cheltenham November meeting and the same can be said for Yala Enki who was second in the same race, although both horses are also on the Welsh Grand National shortlist, so it will be interesting to see which way these horses go.

The History of the Becher Handicap Chase

The Becher Chase is a relatively new horse race having been established in 1992, with this race ushering in a brand new meeting at Aintree Racecourse considering that it had previously just been known for the Grand National Festival.

The Becher Chase is named after Becher’s Brook, one of the most difficult obstacles at Aintree Racecourse and the jump itself was named after Captain Becher. This is a race that gives early Grand National contenders a chance to compete over the same obstacles and course that they will find at April later in the National Hunt season.

Amberleigh House and Silver Birch are among the horses that have gone from the Becher Chase victory to landing the spoils in the Grand National, with Into The Red, Hello Bud and Walk In the Mill the three horses that have landed a victory on two occasions.