Run over the same fences as the National at Aintree Racecourse, this is a race that really excites National hunt fans. Often seen as a preview to the big race, this is where punters get to see some of the Grand National hopefuls in action.
For 2021 the race will take place on Saturday, December 4th at 2.40pm and for those of you in the UK, you can watch it live on ITV4.
This year saw 43 entries but with a maximum of only 30 allowed to run in the Becher Chase 2021, those will be whittled down as the race draws closer.
So who is in the running and will the race throw up any clues as to who could run a great Grand National in 2022?
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 2021, the highest-rated entry is Chris’s Dream from trainer Henry De Bromhead. From there the weights descend with Elegant Escape the second-highest on 11-06 – from trainer Colin Tizzard.
This year the entries come from a large number of trainers, 29 in total. David Pipe is the only trainer to have five entries in Abaya Du Mathan, D’Jango, El Paso Wood, Via Dolorosa and Vieux Lion Rouge.
Vieux Lion Rouge has a great record around Aintree. He has run in both the Grand National and the Becher Chase every year since 2016. He won the Becher in 2016, was second in 2018 and won it again in 2020. This will be his sixth Becher Chase!
Becher Chase 2021 Odds
There are definitely some clear ante-post favourites on the betting markets. Mac Tottie heads the contenders on antepost odds of 8/1 alongside Mighty Thunder.
Mac Tottie is fresh off the back of a win in the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase at Aintree in November and Mighty Thunder won the Scottish National back in April.
Kimberlite Candy is back again. Tom Lacey’s 9-year-old was second in the Becher last year and ran in the Grand National but was unfortunately pulled up. So it looks like the distance may have played its part. If so another good trip in the Becher could be on the cards.
Potterman looks like he could be in with a decent chance. He won the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown back in April and was second last time out at Wincanton on November 6th. Both races were more than 3m and he carried more weight than he will at Aintree. Odds of 20/1 are quite good.
Tips For The Race
Normally around 18 horses make it to the starting line so we still have a way to go to get our final line-up.
If you’re keen and want to get an early ante-post bet on then 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.
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