Aintree pays tribute to National hero Brian Fletcher

John Baker, Regional Director, Jockey Club Racecourses North West and boss of Aintree Racecourse, today paid tribute to Brian Fletcher.   “We are greatly saddened by this news. Following the passing of John Buckingham, we have lost two Aintree legends in a matter of days.   “Brian was part of Aintree folklore and his three Grand National wins puts him in a very special and extremely exclusive club.   “He has remained in touch with Aintree and in February, 2011, joined us in London to…

Highland Lodge trying to become first back-to-back winner as 24 line up in Betfred Becher Chase

A splendid field of 24, the second highest ever, is set to go to post for the £140,000 Betfred Becher Handicap Chase (1.35pm), the highlight of the seven-race programme at Aintree on Saturday, December 3, Betfred Becher Chase Community Day. The Betfred Becher Handicap Chase is staged over just short three and a quarter miles of the Grand National course.   In the 2015 renewal of the Grade Three race, Highland Lodge (Jimmy Moffatt/Henry Brooke, 10st 4lb, 16/1 with Betfred) came home two and a…

Morris has never seen Grand National winner Rule The World look better

Mouse Morris will never forget Saturday, April 9, 2016 as that was the day when Rule The World, incredibly a maiden over fences beforehand, won the £1-million Grand National at Aintree.   The Irish trainer reflected on that feat at his County Tipperary stables on a beautifully sunny morning in the countryside just to the south of Fethard.   Rule The World, who retired to his owner’s Gigginstown House Stud after running at Punchestown in late April, paraded around the yard, which he had returned…

The Last Samuri tops weights for Aintree’s Betfred Becher Chase on Saturday, December 3

Grand National runner-up The Last Samuri heads the weights for the £140,000 Betfred Becher Chase (59 entries – up from 47 entries in both 2015 & 2014 and 43 in 2013), the first of two races over the famous Grand National fences at Aintree on Betfred Becher Chase Community Day, Saturday, December 3. The Last Samuri (Kim Bailey, 11st 12lb, 10/1 with the sponsor) was fifth on his comeback this season in the Grade One JNWine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal on November 5 and is one…

Vics Canvas back to Aintree, with December’s Betfred Becher Chase in mind

Entries close at noon on Tuesday, November 15, for the two races over Aintree’s famous Grand National fences on Betfred Becher Chase Community Day, Saturday, December 3.   The 2016 Grand National third Vics Canvas (Dermot McLoughlin IRE) could have another another tilt at the feature Betfred Becher Chase over three and a quarter miles and worth £140,000.   The evergreen 13-year-old rallied to finish fifth in last year’s Betfred Becher Chase, beaten three and three quarter lengths by Highland Lodge. That first experience over…

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