Randox Health Becher Chase
Grade 3 Handicap,
National Course, Aintree 13:30
£150,000 added, 6yo plus,
3m 1f 188y, Class 1   entries
Saturday 7th December 2019

There are 59 entries for the 2019 renewal, one more than in 2018.

Several horses who have excelled over the Grand National fences have been entered, including 2017 Randox Health Grand National hero One For Arthur (Lucinda Russell) and Pleasant Company (Willie Mullins), one of seven Irish-trained entries, who finished the fast-finishing head runner-up to Tiger Roll in the 2018 running of the world’s greatest chase. Two previous Randox Health Becher Chase winners are also among the entries – 2016 scorer Vieux Lion Rouge (David Pipe) and Walk In The Mill (Robert Walford), successful in 2018.

The 11-times champion Jump trainer Paul Nicholls has won the Randox Becher Chase three times courtesy of Silver Birch (2004), Eurotrek (2006) and Mr Pointment (2007). His four entries this year are headed by Give Me A Copper, who recorded the most significant victory of his career to date when taking the Listed Badger Beers Silver Trophy Handicap Chase over three miles and a furlong at Wincanton on 9 November. The lightly-raced nine-year-old is part-owned by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Harry Derham, assistant trainer to Paul Nicholls, reported: “Give Me A Copper has come out of Wincanton in good form.

“It was great to see him get his head in front on his first start of the season.

“He has always been a horse we have liked and were delighted with his performance.

“Paul has indicated that the Becher Chase could now be an intended target, with the Grand National a potential long-term aim.

As De Mee and Sametegal are potentially other horses who could head to Aintree in December for the Becher or Grand Sefton."

Several high-class performers have been entered including Ballyoptic (Nigel Twiston-Davies), recent winner of the G2 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby. Gloucestershire-based Twiston-Davies is the most successful trainer in the history of the Randox Health Becher Chase with six victories and could also rely on last season’s Scottish Grand National fourth Blue Flight.

Fourth behind Ballyoptic at Wetherby was Definitly Red (Brian Ellison), who has landed four G2 contests including the Many Clouds Chase on Becher Chase Day in 2018. 

Other interesting contenders include Le Breuil (Ben Pauling), winner of the G2 National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham in 2019, Scottish-trained challenger Lake View Lad (Nick Alexander) and Mulcahy’s Hill (Warren Greatrex), a second season novice who was impressive when winning at Cheltenham last month.

Vintage Clouds (Sue Smith) was a good runner-up in the G3 Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham last season but got no further than the first in the Randox Health Grand National.

Ladbrokes

Betfred Becher Handicap Chase
(Grade 3) (National Course)
£150,000 added, 6yo plus, 3m 1f 188y, Class 1
59 entries
Five-day confirmations December 2, final declarations December 5. Maximum field of 30 plus two reserves.

Horse
Age
Owner
Trainer
Abolitionist (IRE)
11
M Albon, J A Provan & C E Stedman
Dr Richard Newland  
Alpha des Obeaux (FR)
9
Gigginstown House Stud
Gordon Elliott IRE
Amalfi Doug (FR)
9
The County Set (Seven) & Partner
Keith Dalgleish  
Ami Desbois (FR)
9
The Reserved Judgment Partnership
Graeme McPherson  
As de Mee (FR)
9
The Stewart Family & Judi Dench
Paul Nicholls  
Ballydine (IRE)
9
Alan Halsall
Charlie Longsdon  
Ballyoptic (IRE)
9
Mills & Mason Partnership
Nigel Twiston-Davies  
Blue Flight (FR)
6
J Fyffe
Nigel Twiston-Davies  
Borice (FR)
8
Simon Munir/Isaac Souede
Gordon Elliott IRE
Burtons Well (IRE)
10
Trevor Hemmings
Venetia Williams  
Call It Magic (IRE)
9
Mrs Z Wentworth
Ross O'Sullivan IRE
Captain Redbeard (IRE)
10
S Coltherd
Stuart Coltherd  
Commodore (FR)
7
Mrs C Watson & Mrs S Graham
Venetia Williams  
Crosspark
9
C W Booth
Caroline Bailey  
Definitly Red (IRE)
10
Phil & Julie Martin
Brian Ellison  
Dingo Dollar (IRE)
7
M Warren J Holmes R Kidner & J Wright
Alan King  
Double Shuffle (IRE)
9
Crossed Fingers Partnership
Tom George  
Dragon d'Estruval (FR)
6
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
Nicky Henderson  
Fact of The Matter (IRE)
9
The Sandylini Racing Partnership
Jamie Snowden  
Federici
10
M Four Properties Ltd
Donald McCain  
General Principle (IRE)
10
Gigginstown House Stud
Gordon Elliott IRE
Get On The Yager
9
Dick and Mandy Higgins
Dan Skelton  
Give Me A Copper (IRE)
9
Done, Ferguson, Mason, Nicholls & Wood
Paul Nicholls  
Gold Opera (IRE)
10
Straightline Bloodstock
Keith Dalgleish  
Heist (IRE)
9
Griffin Plus One Partnership
Patrick Griffin IRE
Hogan's Height (IRE)
8
Foxtrot Racing: Hogan's Height
Jamie Snowden  
I Just Know (IRE)
9
C M Scholey
Sue Smith  
Impulsive Star (IRE)
9
Robert Waley-Cohen & Men Holding
Neil Mulholland  
Keeper Hill (IRE)
8
McNeill Family
Warren Greatrex  
Kimberlite Candy (IRE)
7
J P McManus
Tom Lacey  
Lake View Lad (IRE)
9
Trevor Hemmings
Nick Alexander  
Late Romantic (IRE)
9
Spitalized Racing
Oliver Greenall  
Le Breuil (FR)
7
Emma Palmer
Ben Pauling  
Like The Sound (FR)
8
STG Racing Partnership
Charlie Mann  
Lord Bryan (IRE)
8
Jayne Brace & Gwyn Brace
Peter Bowen  
Milansbar (IRE)
12
Robert Bothway
Neil King  
Minellacelebration (IRE)
9
Nick Elliott
Katy Price  
Mulcahys Hill (IRE)
7
McNeill Family and Prodec Networks Ltd
Warren Greatrex  
Mysteree (IRE)
11
Lynne Maclennan
Michael Scudamore  
One For Arthur (IRE)
10
Two Golf Widows
Lucinda Russell  
Out Sam
10
D Charlesworth
Gordon Elliott IRE
Pleasant Company (IRE)
11
Malcolm C Denmark
Willie Mullins IRE
Rathlin Rose (IRE)
11
Fergus Wilson
David Pipe  
Regal Encore (IRE)
11
J P McManus
Anthony Honeyball  
Regal Flow
12
Mrs C J Dunn
Bob Buckler  
Relentless Dreamer (IRE)
10
Nigel Morris
Rebecca Curtis  
Rocky's Treasure (IRE)
8
J Perriss
Kim Bailey  
Rolling Dylan (IRE)
8
Miss I D Du Pre
Philip Hobbs  
Royal Vacation (IRE)
9
Jean Bishop
Colin Tizzard  
Sametegal (FR)
10
John & Barbara Cotton
Paul Nicholls  
Sharp Response (IRE)
8
Formulated Polymer Products Ltd
Sue Smith  
Singlefarmpayment
9
N T Griffith & H M Haddock
Tom George  
Thomas Patrick (IRE)
7
David Kellett
Tom Lacey  
Top Ville Ben (IRE)
7
Harbour Rose Partnership
Philip Kirby  
Touch Kick (IRE)
8
Trevor Hemmings
Paul Nicholls  
Vieux Lion Rouge (FR)
10
Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent
David Pipe  
Vintage Clouds (IRE)
9
Trevor Hemmings
Sue Smith  
Walk In The Mill (FR)
9
Baroness Harding
Robert Walford  
Wandrin Star (IRE)
8
Mrs Penny Perriss
Kim Bailey