From the lows of canceling the Grand National back in April to the highs of seeing racing back again, we have finally made it to the Becher Chase. Run over the same fences as the National at Aintree Racecourse, this is a race that really excites National hunt fans.
For 2020 the race will take place on Saturday, December 5th at 1.30pm and for those of you in the UK, you can watch it live on ITV4.
This year saw 36 entries but with a maximum of only 30 allowed to run in the Becher Chase 2020, those were whittled down this week and there are now 14 runners declared as Give Me A Copper is a late non-runner.
So who is in the running and will the race throw up any clues as to who could run a great Grand National in 2021?
Becher Chase Runners
The Becher Chase is a handicapped race. This means that the top horse is allocated a weight of 11-12. That is 2lbs higher than the maximum National weight but the Becher is nearly a mile shorter and is run over a distance of 3m2f.
For 2020, the highest-rated entry is Yala Enki from trainer Paul Nicholls. From there the weights descend with Jett the second-highest on 11-11 – from trainer Jessica Harrington.
This year the runners c0me from a large number of trainers, 13 in total. David Pipe is the only trainer to have two runners in Ramses De Teillee and Vieux Lion Rouge.
With plenty of restrictions still in place, the numbers are down on the Irish entries with Jessica Harrington the only one to send a horse across the pond for the race. Neither Gordon Elliott nor Irish Champion trainer Willie Mullins have any entries.
Becher Chase 2020 Odds
There are definitely some clear ante-post favourites on the betting markets. For the last few weeks, Kimberlite Candy from trainer Tom Lacey has headed the field. He is still on short odds of just 7/1 but has been pushed down the betting markets and now sits as fourth favourite.
It is now Le Breuil from trainer Ben Pauling that heads the market on odds of just 4/1.
He was seventh in the Becher last year and can run well on soft ground. And that’s what the going looks like for Saturday.
But can anybody really rule out Walk In The Mill? The double Becher Chase winner (2019,2018) will be back again. Can he make it three in a row? He clearly loves the fences, having also placed fourth in the National in 2019.
The only thing potentially in his way is the weight he has been allocated. He will now carry seven pounds more than last year. That means he will go off on 11-02 which may slightly hamper his chances.
Ramses De Teillee has been generating a lot of love from punters and is now as short as 13/2 having been on 10/1 earlier in the week. Ramses De Teillee and Yala Enki went gone head-to-head at the Cheltenham Meeting on November 15th.
Winning on the line was the David Pipe runner and interestingly enough he won on the same weight as the Becher, on soft ground and over a longer distance. So if it’s a Becher Chase tip you’re after then Ramses De Teillee could be one to watch today.
Tips For The Race
Normally around 18 horses make it to the starting line so having 14 run today is good but it’s not great given there were originally 36 entries.
It does, however, make it slightly easier to pick a couple of tips. Look for horses on good form and preferably those who run well on soft or heavy ground.
A bit of experience around Aintree also helps. Even if they have never won there if they have at least run over the National fences they stand a better chance of doing well.
I think we’ll see a repeat of Cheltenham and it will come down to Ramses De Teillee and Yala Enki as both are on great form, run frequently on soft or heavy ground, have both been out already this season and can carry the weight.
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