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One For Arthur and Walk In The Mill on course for Aintree as weights are revealed for Randox Health Becher Handicap Chase

Press Release 20th November 2019 Aintree

Alpha Des Obeaux and Ballyoptic head the weights on 11st 12lb, details of which are revealed today, for the £150,000 G3 Randox Health Becher Handicap Chase (59 entries) over the Grand National fences at Aintree on Saturday, 7 December, Becher Chase Day.

Alpha Des Obeaux, one of four entries for Irish trainer Gordon Elliott, finished third in the G1 Champion Chase at Down Royal on 2 November, while Ballyoptic captured the G2 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on the same afternoon.  Ballyoptic is expected to run this weekend in the G1 Betfair Chase at Haydock Park.

Vic Venturi in 2009 was last top-weight to win Randox Health Becher Handicap Chase.

Elliott has also engaged Galway Plate victor Borice (11st), 2018 Irish Grand National hero General Principle (10st 10lb) and Out Sam (10st 7lb), the winner of last season’s Cork Grand National.

Ballyoptic’s trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies is the most successful handler in Randox Health Becher Handicap Chase with six victories and the Gloucestershire handler is also responsible for Scottish Grand National fourth Blue Flight (11st 3lb).

Ante-post favourite Give Me A Copper, who headlines four entries for champion trainer Paul Nicholls, has been allotted 11st 1lb on the back of his victory in the Listed Badger Beers Silver Trophy Handicap Chase at Wincanton.

A handful of entries have already excelled over the Grand National fences, none more so than 2017 Randox Health Grand National victor One For Arthur (Lucinda Russell, 11st 2lb), the first Scottish-trained winner of the world’s greatest chase since Rubstic in 1979.

Having missed the 2018 Randox Health Grand National due to injury, One For Arthur finished sixth in this year’s renewal. The 10-year-old began the current campaign with a fourth behind Mysteree (Michael Scudamore, 10st 5lb) in a handicap chase at Kelso on 26 October.

Russell said: “One For Arthur is in good shape and the plan is the Randox Health Becher Handicap Chase.

“He ran a really good race at Kelso on his return to action. We were delighted with the performance.

“The Becher was always going to be his next target and we are looking forward to taking him back to Aintree.”

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One For Arthur

Last year’s Randox Health Becher Handicap Chase victor Walk In The Mill (Robert Walford, 10st 8lb), who went on to finish fourth in the Randox Health Grand National, is one of two former winners among the entries alongside the 2016 victor Vieux Lion Rouge (David Pipe, 10st 12lb).

Robert Walford said: “Walk In The Mill has come out of his reappearance at Wincanton fine [when PU in Badger Beers Silver Trophy Handicap Chase].

“We are happy with him at home and the plan now to hopefully head back to Aintree for the Randox Health Becher Handicap Chase.”

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Walk In The Mill (nearside)

The seven Irish-trained entries also feature the Willie Mullins-trained Pleasant Company (11st 7lb), who was a fast-finishing second to Tiger Roll in the 2018 Randox Health Grand National.

Owner Trevor Hemmings has an excellent record over the Grand National fences. His four entries include Vintage Clouds (Sue Smith, 10st 12lb) and Lake View Lad (Nick Alexander, 11st 9lb), who finished second and third in the G3 Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, as well as Burtons Well (Venetia Williams, 10st 5lb), the winner of a veterans’ handicap chase at Aintree on 26 October.

Other notable contenders include G2 National Hunt Chase scorer Le Breuil (Ben Pauling, 11st 3lb), fellow second season chaser Top Ville Ben (Phil Kirby, 11st 4lb) and promising novice Mulcahys Hill (Warren Greatrex, 10st 11lb).

O O Seven tops weights for £80,000 Virgin Bet Grand Sefton Handicap Chase

O O Seven has been handed top-weight of 11st 12lb for the other race over the Grand National fences on Becher Chase Day, the £80,000 Virgin Bet Grand Sefton Handicap Chase over two miles and five furlongs.

O O Seven, one of five entries for trainer Nicky Henderson, has not raced since landing a valuable grade A handicap chase at the Punchestown Festival in early May.

Henderson’s strong team also features progressive mare Casablanca Mix (11st 11lb), who has won her two latest starts including the Listed Summer Plate Handicap Chase at Market Rasen.

Leading ante-post fancy Call It Magic (Ross O’Sullivan), one of four Irish-trained contenders, has been given 10st 6lb, while the sole French-trained contender It’s Jennifer (Louisa Carberry) has been allotted 10st 1lb.

As De Mee (Paul Nicholls, 11st 1lb) captured the Virgin Bet Grand Sefton Handicap Chase in 2016 and the nine-year-old could bid to become the first multiple winner of the race.

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

Wgt

Owner

Trainer

Alpha des Obeaux (FR)

9

11-12

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

Ballyoptic (IRE)

9

11-12

Mills & Mason Partnership

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

Definitly Red (IRE)

10

11-10

Phil & Julie Martin

Brian Ellison 

Lake View Lad (IRE)

9

11-09

Trevor Hemmings

Nick Alexander 

Pleasant Company (IRE)

11

11-07

Malcolm C Denmark

Willie Mullins IRE

Double Shuffle (IRE)

9

11-07

Crossed Fingers Partnership

Tom George 

Top Ville Ben (IRE)

7

11-04

Harbour Rose Partnership

Philip Kirby 

Le Breuil (FR)

7

11-03

Emma Palmer

Ben Pauling 

Blue Flight (FR)

6

11-03

J Fyffe

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

One For Arthur (IRE)

10

11-02

Two Golf Widows

Lucinda Russell 

Give Me A Copper (IRE)

9

11-01

Done, Ferguson, Mason, Nicholls & Wood

Paul Nicholls 

Borice (FR)

8

11-00

Simon Munir/Isaac Souede

Gordon Elliott IRE

Royal Vacation (IRE)

9

11-00

Jean Bishop

Colin Tizzard 

Crosspark

9

10-13

C W Booth

Caroline Bailey 

Keeper Hill (IRE)

8

10-13

McNeill Family

Warren Greatrex 

Dingo Dollar (IRE)

7

10-13

M Warren J Holmes R Kidner & J Wright

Alan King 

Vintage Clouds (IRE)

9

10-12

Trevor Hemmings

Sue Smith 

Vieux Lion Rouge (FR)

10

10-12

Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent

David Pipe 

Rocky's Treasure (IRE)

8

10-12

J Perriss

Kim Bailey 

Mulcahys Hill (IRE)

7

10-11

McNeill Family and Prodec Networks Ltd

Warren Greatrex 

As de Mee (FR)

9

10-11

The Stewart Family & Judi Dench

Paul Nicholls 

Regal Encore (IRE)

11

10-10

J P McManus

Anthony Honeyball 

General Principle (IRE)

10

10-10

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

Captain Redbeard (IRE)

10

10-09

S Coltherd

Stuart Coltherd 

Abolitionist (IRE)

11

10-09

M Albon, J A Provan & C E Stedman

Dr Richard Newland 

Singlefarmpayment

9

10-09

N T Griffith & H M Haddock

Tom George 

Walk In The Mill (FR)

9

10-08

Baroness Harding

Robert Walford 

Ami Desbois (FR)

9

10-08

The Reserved Judgment Partnership

Graeme McPherson 

Dragon d'Estruval (FR)

6

10-08

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nicky Henderson 

Thomas Patrick (IRE)

7

10-07

David Kellett

Tom Lacey 

Out Sam

10

10-07

D Charlesworth

Gordon Elliott IRE

I Just Know (IRE)

9

10-07

C M Scholey

Sue Smith 

Rolling Dylan (IRE)

8

10-07

Miss I D Du Pre

Philip Hobbs 

Minellacelebration (IRE)

9

10-06

Nick Elliott

Katy Price 

Touch Kick (IRE)

8

10-06

Trevor Hemmings

Paul Nicholls 

Wandrin Star (IRE)

8

10-06

Mrs Penny Perriss

Kim Bailey 

Like The Sound (FR)

8

10-06

STG Racing Partnership

Charlie Mann 

Impulsive Star (IRE)

9

10-06

Robert Waley-Cohen & Men Holding

Neil Mulholland 

Ballydine (IRE)

9

10-06

Alan Halsall

Charlie Longsdon 

Mysteree (IRE)

11

10-05

Lynne Maclennan

Michael Scudamore 

Fact of The Matter (IRE)

9

10-05

The Sandylini Racing Partnership

Jamie Snowden 

Sharp Response (IRE)

8

10-05

Formulated Polymer Products Ltd

Sue Smith 

Burtons Well (IRE)

10

10-05

Trevor Hemmings

Venetia Williams 

Sametegal (FR)

10

10-04

John & Barbara Cotton

Paul Nicholls 

Kimberlite Candy (IRE)

7

10-04

J P McManus

Tom Lacey 

Amalfi Doug (FR)

9

10-03

The County Set (Seven) & Partner

Keith Dalgleish 

Call It Magic (IRE)

9

10-02

Mrs Z Wentworth

Ross O'Sullivan IRE

Relentless Dreamer (IRE)

10

10-02

Nigel Morris

Rebecca Curtis 

Commodore (FR)

7

10-02

Mrs C Watson & Mrs S Graham

Venetia Williams 

Milansbar (IRE)

12

10-01

Robert Bothway

Neil King 

Hogan's Height (IRE)

8

10-01

Foxtrot Racing: Hogan's Height

Jamie Snowden 

Late Romantic (IRE)

9

9-11

Spitalized Racing

Oliver Greenall 

Get On The Yager

9

9-11

Dick and Mandy Higgins

Dan Skelton 

Rathlin Rose (IRE)

11

9-10

Fergus Wilson

David Pipe 

Regal Flow

12

9-08

Mrs C J Dunn

Bob Buckler 

Lord Bryan (IRE)

8

9-07

Jayne Brace & Gwyn Brace

Peter Bowen 

Gold Opera (IRE)

10

9-06

Straightline Bloodstock

Keith Dalgleish 

Federici

10

9-05

M Four Properties Ltd

Donald McCain 

Heist (IRE)

9

9-04

Griffin Plus One Partnership

Patrick Griffin IRE

 

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

Wgt

Owner

Trainer

O O Seven (IRE)

9

11-12

Christopher Hanbury

Nicky Henderson 

Casablanca Mix (FR)

7

11-11

E R Hanbury

Nicky Henderson 

Pleasant Company (IRE)

11

11-11

Malcolm C Denmark

Willie Mullins IRE

San Benedeto (FR)

8

11-09

P J Vogt

Paul Nicholls 

Gold Present (IRE)

9

11-09

John & Barbara Cotton

Nicky Henderson 

Top Ville Ben (IRE)

7

11-08

Harbour Rose Partnership

Philip Kirby 

Bun Doran (IRE)

8

11-07

Crossed Fingers Partnership

Tom George 

Keeper Hill (IRE)

8

11-03

McNeill Family

Warren Greatrex 

Bigmartre (FR)

8

11-02

P J Dixon & C Nash

Harry Whittington 

As de Mee (FR)

9

11-01

The Stewart Family & Judi Dench

Paul Nicholls 

Mercian Prince (IRE)

8

11-01

Paul Murphy

Amy Murphy 

Captain Redbeard (IRE)

10

10-13

S Coltherd

Stuart Coltherd 

Ultragold (FR)

11

10-13

Brocade Racing J P Romans Terry Warner

Colin Tizzard 

Princeton Royale (IRE)

10

10-13

D Nott, P Beadles, R Clarke

Neil King 

Dragon d'Estruval (FR)

6

10-12

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nicky Henderson 

Flying Angel (IRE)

8

10-11

R J Rexton

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

Touch Kick (IRE)

8

10-10

Trevor Hemmings

Paul Nicholls 

Doitforthevillage (IRE)

10

10-08

The Rockbourne Partnership

Paul Henderson 

Killaro Boy (IRE)

10

10-08

H & H Partnership

Henry Oliver 

Ballyhill (FR)

8

10-08

S Such & CG Paletta

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

Sametegal (FR)

10

10-08

John & Barbara Cotton

Paul Nicholls 

Kimberlite Candy (IRE)

7

10-08

J P McManus

Tom Lacey 

Amalfi Doug (FR)

9

10-07

The County Set (Seven) & Partner

Keith Dalgleish 

Call It Magic (IRE)

9

10-06

Mrs Z Wentworth

Ross O'Sullivan IRE

Tea For Two

10

10-06

Jane Williams & Len Jakeman

Jane Williams 

Kayf Adventure

8

10-06

Louisville Syndicate

Philip Hobbs 

Divine Spear (IRE)

8

10-06

Middleham Park Racing LXII

Nicky Henderson 

Didero Vallis (FR)

6

10-05

Lady Bolton

Venetia Williams 

Hogan's Height (IRE)

8

10-05

Foxtrot Racing: Hogan's Height

Jamie Snowden 

The Dubai Way (IRE)

7

10-04

N W A Bannister

Charlie Mann 

Gwencily Berbas (FR)

8

10-04

Aidan J Ryan

Eric McNamara IRE

What A Moment (IRE)

9

10-04

Bryan Drew & Steve Roper

David Pipe 

Beau Bay (FR)

8

10-03

Peter Green & Dr RDP Newland

Dr Richard Newland 

It's Jennifer (FR)

7

10-01

Tim Johnson

Louisa Carberry FR

Wishfull Dreaming

8

9-12

J C England and Valerie Beattie

Sam England 

Lord Bryan (IRE)

8

9-11

Miss Jayne Brace & Gwyn Brace

Peter Bowen 

Federici

10

9-09

M Four Properties Ltd

Donald McCain 

Heist (IRE)

9

9-08

Griffin Plus One Partnership

Patrick Griffin IRE

Cusheen Bridge (IRE)

11

8-13

Pete & Pauline Wordingham

Charles Pogson 

 

39 entries

4 Irish-trained

1 French-trained

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