The Becher Chase one of the great spectacles of the racing calendar ran over the legendary Grand National fences at Aintree.
Blaklion scooped the spoils last year and once again the nine-year-old, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies heads the markets at around 4/1.
Preference is hugely taken towards horses that have previously ran over these fences and preferably the 3mile 2f trip.
Experience is key and 9 of the last 10 winners of the race all had previously had some sort of run over these fences before going on to win the race. As much as all the runners are respected and one could break the mould , a line should be put through anything that has no previous experience.
Last years winner Blaklion has to be the first starting point – You had to be impressed with how well he stayed on after the last and around the elbow in gruelling conditions.
He beat The last Samurai by 9 lengths and with the weights being a lot different to last year I fancied him to get a lot closer but he appears to be taking his chance in the Many clouds chase.
Highland Lodge and Ultragold look to take them along. The old admiral veteran loves this race and is sure to give another good account of himself and write him off at your peril.
Ultragold is a duel winner of the Topham as a front runner ran on well through the line that stayed and could possibly stay this further trip.
Vieux Lion Rouge is still on a 4lbs higher mark than when just denying Highland Lodge of his second Becher Chase and there was a 5lb pull in the weights in favour of Highland Lodge – now it’s increased to 11lb so you’d fancy him to turn the tables.
The forecast looks set for a bit of rain which will only enhance Blaklion’s chances even further of winning. I’ll be shocked if he is to get turned over at a course he excels at.
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