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Give Me A Copper on target for Randox Health Becher Chase as Nicholls eyes fourth success in £150,000 contest at Aintree on 7 December

Press Release 13th November 2019 Aintree

Racing returns to the famous Grand National fences at Aintree on Saturday, 7 December – Becher Chase Day.

The highlight is the £150,000 G3 Randox Health Becher Chase, which takes place over three and a quarter miles of the Grand National course. There are 59 entries for the 2019 renewal, one more than in 2018.

Several horses who have excelled over the Grand National fences have been entered, including 2017 Randox Health Grand National hero One For Arthur (Lucinda Russell) and Pleasant Company (Willie Mullins), one of seven Irish-trained entries, who finished the fast-finishing head runner-up to Tiger Roll in the 2018 running of the world’s greatest chase. Two previous Randox Health Becher Chase winners are also among the entries – 2016 scorer Vieux Lion Rouge (David Pipe) and Walk In The Mill (Robert Walford), successful in 2018.

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The 11-times champion Jump trainer Paul Nicholls has won the Randox Becher Chase three times courtesy of Silver Birch (2004), Eurotrek (2006) and Mr Pointment (2007). His four entries this year are headed by Give Me A Copper, who recorded the most significant victory of his career to date when taking the Listed Badger Beers Silver Trophy Handicap Chase over three miles and a furlong at Wincanton on 9 November. The lightly-raced nine-year-old is part-owned by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Harry Derham, assistant trainer to Paul Nicholls, reported: “Give Me A Copper has come out of Wincanton in good form.

“It was great to see him get his head in front on his first start of the season.

“He has always been a horse we have liked and were delighted with his performance.

“Paul has indicated that the Becher Chase could now be an intended target, with the Grand National a potential long-term aim.

As De Mee and Sametegal are potentially other horses who could head to Aintree in December for the Becher or Grand Sefton."

Several high-class performers have been entered including Ballyoptic (Nigel Twiston-Davies), recent winner of the G2 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby. Gloucestershire-based Twiston-Davies is the most successful trainer in the history of the Randox Health Becher Chase with six victories and could also rely on last season’s Scottish Grand National fourth Blue Flight.

Fourth behind Ballyoptic at Wetherby was Definitly Red (Brian Ellison), who has landed four G2 contests including the Many Clouds Chase on Becher Chase Day in 2018. 

Other interesting contenders include Le Breuil (Ben Pauling), winner of the G2 National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham in 2019, Scottish-trained challenger Lake View Lad (Nick Alexander) and Mulcahy’s Hill (Warren Greatrex), a second season novice who was impressive when winning at Cheltenham last month.

Vintage Clouds (Sue Smith) was a good runner-up in the G3 Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham last season but got no further than the first in the Randox Health Grand National.

39 for Virgin Bet Grand Sefton Handicap Chase

Also taking place over the Grand National fences on Becher Chase Day is the £80,000 Virgin Bet Grand Sefton Handicap Chase over two miles and five furlongs.

Among the 39 entries is the aforementioned As De Mee, the winner in 2016 and owned jointly by The Stewart Family and Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench.

Another contender is Ultragold (Colin Tizzard). The 11-year-old is a real Aintree specialist, having twice landed the G3 Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase over the same distance at the Randox Health Grand National Festival in 2017 and 2018.

Weights for the Randox Health Becher Chase and Virgin Bet Grand Sefton Handicap Chase will be revealed on Wednesday, November 20.

2018 Gold Cup hero Native River set to return in Best Odds Guaranteed At Virgin Bet Many Clouds Chase

The £60,000 Best Odds Guaranteed At Virgin Bet Many Clouds Chase takes place over the Mildmay Course at Aintree on Becher Chase Day.

Staged over three miles and a furlong, it was first run in 2011 and upgraded to G2 level in 2017, when it was renamed to honour the late 2015 Grand National hero Many Clouds who won this race in 2016.

Colin Tizzard is eyeing the Best Odds Guaranteed At Virgin Bet Many Clouds Chase for the return of Native River, winner of the G1 Magners Cheltenham Gold in 2018. The nine-year-old was last seen when fourth to Al Boum Photo in the 2019 renewal of chasing’s Blue Riband.

Joe Tizzard, assistant trainer to his father, revealed: “Native River is in good form. All being well, he will run in the Many Clouds in December.

“He is in full work and we were always going to start off with him a bit later this year.

“We are very happy with him and Aintree looks a good starting point.

“The main aim this year again I’m sure is the Gold Cup. He has been to five Cheltenham Festivals and has always run with credit.

“I think he does need a bit of cut in the ground as that just helps him. He has never been the quickest and that just slows the rest down a little bit.

“We have talked about a tilt at the Grand National at home, but it is something we will properly discuss when we get him back on the track."

The G2 Best Odds Guaranteed At Virgin Bet Many Clouds Chase closes for entries on Monday, December 2.

The Randox Health Becher Chase

Grade 3 handicap chase, £150,000 total prize fund. Three miles two furlongs (Grand National fences), 1.30pm, Saturday, 7 December. For six-year-olds and upwards. Penalties: after November 17, a winner of a chase 3lb; no penalty to increase a horse above 11st 12lb. Entries closed November 12 (59 entries), five-day confirmations December 2, final declarations December 5. Maximum field of 30 plus two reserves.

Horse

Age

Owner

Trainer

Abolitionist (IRE)

11

M Albon, J A Provan & C E Stedman

Dr Richard Newland 

Alpha des Obeaux (FR)

9

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

Amalfi Doug (FR)

9

The County Set (Seven) & Partner

Keith Dalgleish 

Ami Desbois (FR)

9

The Reserved Judgment Partnership

Graeme McPherson 

As de Mee (FR)

9

The Stewart Family & Judi Dench

Paul Nicholls 

Ballydine (IRE)

9

Alan Halsall

Charlie Longsdon 

Ballyoptic (IRE)

9

Mills & Mason Partnership

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

Blue Flight (FR)

6

J Fyffe

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

Borice (FR)

8

Simon Munir/Isaac Souede

Gordon Elliott IRE

Burtons Well (IRE)

10

Trevor Hemmings

Venetia Williams 

Call It Magic (IRE)

9

Mrs Z Wentworth

Ross O'Sullivan IRE

Captain Redbeard (IRE)

10

S Coltherd

Stuart Coltherd 

Commodore (FR)

7

Mrs C Watson & Mrs S Graham

Venetia Williams 

Crosspark

9

C W Booth

Caroline Bailey 

Definitly Red (IRE)

10

Phil & Julie Martin

Brian Ellison 

Dingo Dollar (IRE)

7

M Warren J Holmes R Kidner & J Wright

Alan King 

Double Shuffle (IRE)

9

Crossed Fingers Partnership

Tom George 

Dragon d'Estruval (FR)

6

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nicky Henderson 

Fact of The Matter (IRE)

9

The Sandylini Racing Partnership

Jamie Snowden 

Federici

10

M Four Properties Ltd

Donald McCain 

General Principle (IRE)

10

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

Get On The Yager

9

Dick and Mandy Higgins

Dan Skelton 

Give Me A Copper (IRE)

9

Done, Ferguson, Mason, Nicholls & Wood

Paul Nicholls 

Gold Opera (IRE)

10

Straightline Bloodstock

Keith Dalgleish 

Heist (IRE)

9

Griffin Plus One Partnership

Patrick Griffin IRE

Hogan's Height (IRE)

8

Foxtrot Racing: Hogan's Height

Jamie Snowden 

I Just Know (IRE)

9

C M Scholey

Sue Smith 

Impulsive Star (IRE)

9

Robert Waley-Cohen & Men Holding

Neil Mulholland 

Keeper Hill (IRE)

8

McNeill Family

Warren Greatrex 

Kimberlite Candy (IRE)

7

J P McManus

Tom Lacey 

Lake View Lad (IRE)

9

Trevor Hemmings

Nick Alexander 

Late Romantic (IRE)

9

Spitalized Racing

Oliver Greenall 

Le Breuil (FR)

7

Emma Palmer

Ben Pauling 

Like The Sound (FR)

8

STG Racing Partnership

Charlie Mann 

Lord Bryan (IRE)

8

Jayne Brace & Gwyn Brace

Peter Bowen 

Milansbar (IRE)

12

Robert Bothway

Neil King 

Minellacelebration (IRE)

9

Nick Elliott

Katy Price 

Mulcahys Hill (IRE)

7

McNeill Family and Prodec Networks Ltd

Warren Greatrex 

Mysteree (IRE)

11

Lynne Maclennan

Michael Scudamore 

One For Arthur (IRE)

10

Two Golf Widows

Lucinda Russell 

Out Sam

10

D Charlesworth

Gordon Elliott IRE

Pleasant Company (IRE)

11

Malcolm C Denmark

Willie Mullins IRE

Rathlin Rose (IRE)

11

Fergus Wilson

David Pipe 

Regal Encore (IRE)

11

J P McManus

Anthony Honeyball 

Regal Flow

12

Mrs C J Dunn

Bob Buckler 

Relentless Dreamer (IRE)

10

Nigel Morris

Rebecca Curtis 

Rocky's Treasure (IRE)

8

J Perriss

Kim Bailey 

Rolling Dylan (IRE)

8

Miss I D Du Pre

Philip Hobbs 

Royal Vacation (IRE)

9

Jean Bishop

Colin Tizzard 

Sametegal (FR)

10

John & Barbara Cotton

Paul Nicholls 

Sharp Response (IRE)

8

Formulated Polymer Products Ltd

Sue Smith 

Singlefarmpayment

9

N T Griffith & H M Haddock

Tom George 

Thomas Patrick (IRE)

7

David Kellett

Tom Lacey 

Top Ville Ben (IRE)

7

Harbour Rose Partnership

Philip Kirby 

Touch Kick (IRE)

8

Trevor Hemmings

Paul Nicholls 

Vieux Lion Rouge (FR)

10

Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent

David Pipe 

Vintage Clouds (IRE)

9

Trevor Hemmings

Sue Smith 

Walk In The Mill (FR)

9

Baroness Harding

Robert Walford 

Wandrin Star (IRE)

8

Mrs Penny Perriss

Kim Bailey 

 

59 entries

7 Irish-trained

The Virgin Bet Grand Sefton Handicap Chase

Class 2 handicap chase, £80,000 total prize fund. Two miles and five furlongs (Grand National fences), 3.15pm, Saturday, 7 December. For six-year-olds and upwards. Penalties: after November 17, a winner of a chase 3lb; no penalty to increase a horse above 11st 12lb. Entries closed November 12 (39 entries), five-day confirmations December 2, final declarations December 6. Maximum field of 30.

Horse

Age

Owner

Trainer

Amalfi Doug (FR)

9

The County Set (Seven) & Partner

Keith Dalgleish 

As de Mee (FR)

9

The Stewart Family & Judi Dench

Paul Nicholls 

Ballyhill (FR)

8

S Such & CG Paletta

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

Beau Bay (FR)

8

Peter Green & Dr RDP Newland

Dr Richard Newland 

Bigmartre (FR)

8

P J Dixon & C Nash

Harry Whittington 

Bun Doran (IRE)

8

Crossed Fingers Partnership

Tom George 

Call It Magic (IRE)

9

Mrs Z Wentworth

Ross O'Sullivan IRE

Captain Redbeard (IRE)

10

S Coltherd

Stuart Coltherd 

Casablanca Mix (FR)

7

E R Hanbury

Nicky Henderson 

Cusheen Bridge (IRE)

11

Pete & Pauline Wordingham

Charles Pogson 

Didero Vallis (FR)

6

Lady Bolton

Venetia Williams 

Divine Spear (IRE)

8

Middleham Park Racing LXII

Nicky Henderson 

Doitforthevillage (IRE)

10

The Rockbourne Partnership

Paul Henderson 

Dragon d'Estruval (FR)

6

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nicky Henderson 

Federici

10

M Four Properties Ltd

Donald McCain 

Flying Angel (IRE)

8

R J Rexton

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

Gold Present (IRE)

9

John & Barbara Cotton

Nicky Henderson 

Gwencily Berbas (FR)

8

Aidan J Ryan

Eric McNamara IRE

Heist (IRE)

9

Griffin Plus One Partnership

Patrick Griffin IRE

Hogan's Height (IRE)

8

Foxtrot Racing: Hogan's Height

Jamie Snowden 

It's Jennifer (FR)

7

Tim Johnson

Louisa Carberry FR

Kayf Adventure

8

Louisville Syndicate

Philip Hobbs 

Keeper Hill (IRE)

8

McNeill Family

Warren Greatrex 

Killaro Boy (IRE)

10

H & H Partnership

Henry Oliver 

Kimberlite Candy (IRE)

7

J P McManus

Tom Lacey 

Lord Bryan (IRE)

8

Miss Jayne Brace & Gwyn Brace

Peter Bowen 

Mercian Prince (IRE)

8

Paul Murphy

Amy Murphy 

O O Seven (IRE)

9

Christopher Hanbury

Nicky Henderson 

Pleasant Company (IRE)

11

Malcolm C Denmark

Willie Mullins IRE

Princeton Royale (IRE)

10

D Nott, P Beadles, R Clarke

Neil King 

Sametegal (FR)

10

John & Barbara Cotton

Paul Nicholls 

San Benedeto (FR)

8

P J Vogt

Paul Nicholls 

Tea For Two

10

Jane Williams & Len Jakeman

Jane Williams 

The Dubai Way (IRE)

7

N W A Bannister

Charlie Mann 

Top Ville Ben (IRE)

7

Harbour Rose Partnership

Philip Kirby 

Touch Kick (IRE)

8

Trevor Hemmings

Paul Nicholls 

Ultragold (FR)

11

Brocade Racing J P Romans Terry Warner

Colin Tizzard 

What A Moment (IRE)

9

Bryan Drew & Steve Roper

David Pipe 

Wishfull Dreaming

8

J C England and Valerie Beattie

Sam England 

 

39 entries

4 Irish-trained

1 French-trained

 

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