Betfred Becher Chase

Grade 3 Handicap, Aintree
£150,000 added,
6yo plus,
3m 2f, Class 1
Saturday 7th December 2013

1 Chance Du Roy 14/1
2 Baby Run 12/1
3 Mr Moonshine 25/1
4 Ballybough Gorta 33/1
NR: Planet Of Sound, Walkon (FR)
22 ran Distances: 1l, 1¾l, 4½l
TIME 6m 56.30s (slow by 18.30s)

Chance Du Roy just prevailed in an epic renewal of the Betfred Becher Chase over three and a quarter miles of the Grand National course at Aintree.

Chance Du Roy
© Racehorse Photos

Chance Du Roy
Philip Hobbs' charge, ridden by Tom O'Brien, joined the gallant Baby Run as the pair jumped two out upsides and went on from there before safely negotiating the last. It looked like the big prize was heading back to the trainer's Minehead base with the minimum of fuss.

But Baby Run, on his first start for 959 days, found extraordinary reserves under Sam Twiston-Davies from the Elbow to fight back and in the end went down by just a length to the 14-1 winner. Mr Moonshine was another length and three-quarters back in third.

Sarah Hobbs, wife of the winning trainer, said: "That was so exciting, he loves this course. He stayed on really well at the finish and you'd like to think he could maybe come back here in April for the Grand National, although I think there'll be a bit of opposition from the owner.

"When Planet Of Sound was a non-runner (because of the ground), Tom offered the ride to Richard (Johnson, stable jockey), but Richard said Tom knows the horse better so let him keep the ride, which was nice. The horses are running really well, Philip is at Chepstow, where we've had a double. We're all delighted."

O'Brien added: "I got into a really nice rhythm and was always travelling well. It's great to get a winner on a big day."

Baby Run
© Racehorse Photos
Baby Run

Sam Twiston-Davies, who picked up a two-day whip ban, said of the 13-year-old Baby Run, who is trained by his father Nigel: "He gave me some spin. I nearly fell off him at the second and I was sat on his tail the rest of the way round.

"He was in a field during the summer with Bindaree and Hello Bud and was full of himself. I even gave him a spin in the stalls for a bit of fun! It's been a tremendous effort by everyone to get him back. I'm of the same opinion I was last time - I'd love him to be retired - but we'll see what Nigel wants to do."

Trainer Nigel said: "He ran a great race. We very much expected a big run from him. He did everything bar win, it was a great shame, but there you go," said the Naunton handler.

"He's fine this morning - 100 per cent. He won't run for a bit. We'll find something for him in the New Year I expect.

"We'll look at the Warwick long-distance chase and we'll also look at one of those type of races at Haydock, the Peter Marsh Chase."

Betfred Becher Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
£150,000 added, 6yo plus, 3m 2f, Class 1
22 ran
Going: Soft (Mildmay Good to Soft,Soft in places)

Pos
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
SP
Beaten Distance
1
Chance Du Roy
P J Hobbs
T J O'Brien
10st 6lbs
14 - 1
Winner
2
Baby Run
N A Twiston-Davies
Sam Twiston-Davies
10st 7lbs
12 - 1
1 length
3
Mr Moonshine
Mrs S J Smith
Ryan Mania
10st 4lbs
25 - 1
1 3/4 length
4
Ballybough Gorta
P Bowen
R T Dunne
10st 0lbs
33 - 1
4 1/2 lengths
5
Swing Bill
D Pipe
C O'Farrell
10st 11lbs
10 - 1
8 lengths
6
On His Own
W P Mullins
P Townend
11st 1lbs
7 - 1
3 lengths
7
Big Fella Thanks
T R George
P J Brennan
11st 8lbs
25 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
8
Across The Bay
D McCain Jnr
J M Maguire
11st 3lbs
11 - 1
1/2 length
9
Wyck Hill
D G Bridgwater
A Tinkler
10st 11lbs
12 - 1
1/2 length
10
Rose Of The Moon
D O'Meara
Jake Greenall
10st 6lbs
11 - 1
Head
11
Bennys Mist
Miss V Williams
Aidan Coleman
10st 1lbs
20 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
12
Roberto Goldback
N J Henderson
D Bass
11st 8lbs
16 - 1
25 lengths
13
Gullible Gordon
P Bowen
Donal Devereux
10st 6lbs
28 - 1
4 lengths
14
Join Together
P F Nicholls
Ryan Mahon
11st 3lbs
16 - 1
20 lengths
15
Chartreux
T R George
A P Cawley
10st 5lbs
33 - 1
23 lengths
16
Ikorodu Road
M Sheppard
C Poste
10st 11lbs
33 - 1
26 lengths
PU
Junior
D Pipe
L Heard
11st 12lbs
50 - 1
PU
Bostons Angel
D Pipe
T Scudamore
10st 13lbs
20 - 1
Fell
Vesper Bell
W P Mullins
D J Casey
10st 13lbs
9 - 1
UR
Sizing Australia
H de Bromhead
A E Lynch
10st 8lbs
22 - 1
Fell
Pineau De Re
Dr R D P Newland
B Hughes
10st 6lbs
14 - 1
Fell
Storm Survivor
Jonjo O'Neill
R P McLernon
10st 5lbs
12 - 1
NR
Planet Of Sound
P J Hobbs
R Johnson
11st 1lbs
-
NR
Walkon
A King
W Hutchinson
11st 8lbs
-
       

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