Randox Health Becher Chase
|Grade 3 Handicap,
National Course, Aintree 13:30
£150,000 added, 6yo plus,
3m 1f 188y, Class 1
|Saturday 8th December 2018|
1 Walk In The Mill 10/1
2 Vieux Lion Rouge 11/1
3 Ultragold 12/1
4 Call It Magic 14/1
18 ran Distances: 4½l, 1½l, 1¾l
Time: 6m 52.40s (slow by 14.40s)
Walk In The Mill wins for James Best and Robert Walford
Trained by Robert Walford and ridden by James Best, Walk In The Mill stuck to his task well after the final fence to beat previous winner Vieux Lion Rouge, with Ultragold – another previous winner over the fences – in third.
His connections will feel vindicated, after he got into the National in April as a reserve but then went lame on the morning of the race, meaning he could not take his place.
Walk In The Mill had run a nice race in third on his seasonal return at Cheltenham behind The Young Master and barely put a foot wrong over the famous Liverpool birch.
Call It Magic and Missed Approach – who blew the start by 20 lengths – gave a bold sight out in front until the early exertions told on the latter.
Irish raider Call It Magic was still just about in front jumping the last, but he had been joined by Walk In The Mill, who went on to win by four and a half lengths. Call It Magic took fourth.
Highland Lodge, a standing dish in this race, got loose beforehand and ended up slithering towards the water jump. Thankfully he was fine to take his chance, but fell at The Chair.
Betfred Becher Handicap Chase
(Grade 3) (National Course)
£150,000 added, 6yo plus, 3m 1f 188y, Class 1
|Pos||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Walk In The Mill (FR) 10/1||James Best
|2nd||4½||Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) 11/1||T Scudamore
|3rd||1½||Ultragold (FR) 12/1||T J O'Brien
|C L Tizzard||10|
|4th||1¾||Call It Magic (IRE) 14/1||M A Enright
|5th||2½||Federici 33/1||B S Hughes
|D McCain Jnr||9|
|6th||12||Missed Approach (IRE) 12/1||Mr S Waley-Cohen (3)
|7th||13||Just A Par (IRE) 50/1||Sean Quinlan
|8th||2¼||Present Man (IRE) 11/1||Bryony Frost
|P F Nicholls||8|
|9th||3½||Noble Endeavor (IRE) 14/1||K M Donoghue
|10th||6||Crosshue Boy (IRE) 12/1||D J Mullins
|11th||15||Blaklion 9/2f||Sam Twiston-Davies
|N A Twiston-Davies||9|
|12th||4½||Dare To Endeavour 66/1||A W Short (3)
|PU||Don Poli (IRE) 10/1||J W Kennedy
|PU||Mustmeetalady (IRE) 40/1||R P McLernon
|F||Ballyoptic (IRE) 15/2||Thomas Bellamy
|N A Twiston-Davies||8|
|F||Highland Lodge (IRE) 16/1||Henry Brooke
|F||Fine Theatre (IRE) 14/1||J J Burke
|UR||Regal Flow 20/1||James Bowen
|R H Buckler||11|