Course walks with Brian Harding available for jockeys riding over the Grand National fences at Aintree tomorrow, Becher Chase Day

Tomorrow, Saturday, December 8 is Becher Chase Day at Aintree with the G3 Becher Handicap Chase (1.30pm) and Betway Grand Sefton Handicap Chase (3.15pm) both taking place over the famous Grand National fences. As with the Randox Health Grand National Festival, Aintree Racecourse in association with the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has arranged for jockey coach Brian Harding to be available tomorrow morning to walk the Grand National course with any jockey who would like to do so. Brian will be available from first thing…

Blaklion heads 18 runners for Becher Handicap Chase as Moffatt saddles Highland Lodge and Just A Par

   Blaklion goes for back-to-back victories in the £150,000 G3 Becher Handicap Chase (1.30pm) over the iconic Grand National fences at Aintree on Saturday, December 8, Becher Chase Day. A flawless round of jumping propelled Blaklion (Sam Twiston-Davies, 11st 10lb) to an impressive nine-length victory in 2017 and the nine-year-old has the chance to emulate Into The Red (1994 & 1996) and Hello Bud (2010 & 2012), who are the only multiple winners of the Becher Handicap Chase.   Blaklion on his way to winning the…

Tiger Roll on course for repeat Randox Health Grand National bid as Elliott targets the world’s most famous and richest chase with multiple entries

Trainer Gordon Elliott opened the doors to his stables in Cullentra, County Meath, Ireland, to members of the media in a stable visit organised by Aintree Racecourse this morning, Wednesday, December 5. On show was eight-year-old Tiger Roll, who captured the thrilling 2018 running of the £1-million Randox Health Grand National at Aintree in April by a head under Davy Russell in the colours of Gigginstown House Stud. The son of Authorized is also a three-time winner at The Festival™ presented by Magners, having captured the 2018…

Ballyoptic heads 28 going forward for Saturday’s Becher Handicap Chase at Aintree

Ante-post favourite Ballyoptic is among 28 five-day confirmations for the £150,000 Becher Handicap Chase, run over the famous Grand National fences at Aintree this Saturday, December 8, Becher Chase Day. Ballyoptic (11st 7lb) has yet to race this season and was last seen out when just touched off in the G3 Scottish Grand National over four miles at Ayr in April. His trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies, the most successful handler in the Becher Handicap Chase with six victories, could also run last year’s nine-length winner Blaklion…

Doyle targeting Aintree’s Becher Handicap Chase over the Grand National fences with Crosshue Boy

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - Irish challenger Crosshue Boy (10st 10lb) is firmly on course for the £150,000 G3 Becher Handicap Chase (1.30pm, 58 entries), one of two races over the famous Grand National fences at Aintree on Saturday, December 8, Becher Chase Day. Trained in Co Wexford by Sean Doyle, Crosshue Boy proved a revelation in the second half of last season. The eight-year-old won three races in the space of 10 days in March at Leopardstown, Wexford and Down Royal. He ended last season with a…

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