Betfred Becher Chase
Grade 3 Handicap,
National Course, Aintree
£140,000 added, 6yo plus,
3m 1f 188y, Class 1  
Saturday 9th December 2017

Kim Bailey says The Last Samuri, second in the 2016 Grand National, has the Becher Chase has his first aim and he will be aiming to improve on his third place last year.

The Last Samuri
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The Last Samuri

Bailey said: "He will go back to the Becher Chase. I don't think we will get a race in beforehand. The sad thing is there are not many races he can run in. He loves the National fences, then we will make our mind up about the future.

"He is a horse that finds the big occasion very difficult and he got very wound up last year. Obviously I'd like to be there (National), but he has got to justify his case. He will carry top weight and it would make it difficult for him."

Betfred Becher Handicap Chase 2016
(Grade 3) (National Course)
£140,000 added, 6yo plus, 3m 1f 188y, Class 1
22 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) 8/1f T Scudamore
10-9
D Pipe 7
2nd s.h Highland Lodge (IRE) 20/1 Henry Brooke
10-4
James Moffatt 10
3rd 1 The Last Samuri (IRE) 9/1 B Hughes
11-12
K C Bailey 8
4th Ucello Conti (FR) 11/1 D A Jacob
11-1
G Elliott 8
5th nk One For Arthur (IRE) 14/1 D R Fox
10-4
Miss Lucinda V Russell 7
6th 13 Portrait King (IRE) 25/1 C O'Farrell
10-0
P Griffin 11
7th 8 Bob Ford (IRE) 20/1 Jonathan Moore (3)
10-2
Miss R Curtis 9
8th 7 Beeves (IRE) 33/1 Sean Quinlan
10-4
Jennie Candlish 9
9th 16 Midnight Prayer 25/1 Wayne Hutchinson
10-5
A King 11
10th 12 Rogue Angel (IRE) 22/1 G N Fox (3)
10-12
M F Morris 8
11th 19 Financial Climate (IRE) 66/1 Thomas Garner (3)
10-0
O Sherwood 9
12th 17 Viconte Du Noyer (FR) 10/1 Aidan Coleman
11-7
C L Tizzard 7
13th 53 Silvergrove 12/1 Conor Shoemark
10-5
B Pauling 8
PU Aachen 33/1 L Treadwell
11-1
Miss V Williams 12
F The Young Master 10/1 Mr S Waley-Cohen (3)
11-3
N P Mulholland 7
F Saint Are (FR) 14/1 B P Harding
11-0
T R George 10
F Sizing Coal (IRE) 16/1 M A Enright
10-3
J T R Dreaper 8
F Alvarado (IRE) 10/1 Paul Moloney
10-2
F O'Brien 11
UR Ziga Boy (FR) 16/1 Thomas Bellamy
10-4
A King 7
UR Milborough (IRE) 33/1 Craig Nichol
10-2
I A Duncan 10
UR Dare To Endeavour 18/1 Harry Skelton
10-2
E McNamara 9
UR Cogry 12/1 Ryan Hatch
10-1
N A Twiston-Davies 7
NR Double Ross (IRE) 20/1 Jamie Bargary (3)
11-2
N A Twiston-Davies 10
NR Gas Line Boy (IRE) 14/1 Non Runner
10-3
Ian Williams 10