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  • 13:45 Becher Handicap Chase 3m 2f

  • (listed) (national Course) £100,000 added 5yo+ 17 ran
  • Winner £56,330 2nd £21,220 3rd £10,620 4th £5,310
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 7m 4.90s
  • Off time: 13:45:56

Aintree return for Maljimar

No fear over Aintree fences

Last Updated: 19/11/10 2:04pm

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Maljimar - back to Aintree fences

Maljimar - back to Aintree fences

Maljimar returns to Aintree for Sunday's Becher Chase at Aintree having failed to complete in the John Smith's Grand National.

However trainer Nick Williams is happy to test him over the big fences again.

"He's in very good form and we're hopeful he'll run a good race," said Williams.

"You're always anxious about the National fences and he didn't get round there last time, so we'll have to see what happens.

"We don't really school him over National-type fences but our normal fences are quite stiff and he has been schooling well.

"He always runs well first time out and goes well fresh, so I'm very hopeful he'll run a big race.

"The ground is quite soft and it would probably have been better if the ground was a bit better, but you can't have it all ways."

Mullholland bullish

Neil Mulholland is confident I'moncloudnine will run a big race in the Becher.

"It was a good effort at Wincanton and he stayed on well and kept galloping," said Mulholland.

"I think the ground and the track was a bit lively and a bit sharp for him, but it was a good run and he's schooled well since.

"We've been schooling him over proper National fences and he's done everything very well.

"He's won at the track before, obviously not over the Grand National fences, but he likes the course because it's a good, galloping track.

"The long-term plan would be to go for the National, but we're just taking it one step at a time.

"With a nice racing weight on his back he should keep galloping on Sunday, so with a clean round of jumping, I think he'll run very well."

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