Aintree

  • 13:45 Totesport.com Becher Handicap Chase 3m 2f

  • Winner £56,330 2nd £21,220 3rd £10,620 4th £5,310
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 7m 4.90s
  • Off time: 13:45:56
13:45 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Hello Bud (IRE) 15/2
2nd Royal Rosa (FR) 14/1
3rd One Cool Cookie (IRE) 25/1
4th Ballyvesey (IRE) 25/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 544UP-2 PINK, white hoop, royal blue cap Notre Pere (FR) 17
9 11-12 p J T R Dreaper A E Lynch 151 8/19.00
2 UP22-41 RED, YELLOW stars and armlets Gullible Gordon (IRE) 28
7 11-3 P F Nicholls R Mahon (5) 142 12/113.00
3 2P/253F- ORANGE, BLACK star and star on cap Maljimar (IRE) 225
10 11-3 Nick Williams D A Jacob 142 8/19.00
4 6F235-2 Orange, dark blue braces, halved sleeves and spots on cap Whatuthink (IRE) 24
Beaten Favourite
8 11-3 O McKiernan P F Mangan (7) 142 12/113.00
5 31P0-05 Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap One Cool Cookie (IRE) 10
Distance Winner
9 11-2 pt C F Swan A P Heskin (5) 141 25/126.00
6 2P1P-41 Dark Green, Yellow cross belts, diabolo on sleeves Meanus Dandy (IRE) 15
Distance Winner
7 10-13 b P F Nicholls Ian Popham (5) 138 8/19.00
7 1/7D61-8 EMERALD GREEN, YELLOW sash and star on cap Merigo (FR) 15
9 10-12 A Parker Timmy Murphy 137 8/19.00
8 21P8-24 Red, Yellow sash, Royal Blue sleeves and cap I'moncloudnine (IRE) 15
Course Winner
7 10-8 N P Mulholland D C Costello 133 17/29.50
9 5B875P- White, Royal Blue spots, White and Royal Blue striped cap Hello Bud (IRE) 211
12 10-8 N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies (3) 133 15/28.50
10 U5F7-66 EMERALD GREEN, YELLOW stars, striped sleeves, ROYAL BLUE and YELLOW striped cap Irish Raptor (IRE) 15
Course WinnerDistance Winner
11 10-3 N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 128 11/112.00
11 43376-1 Dark Blue, Red stripe, halved sleeves, Red cap Newman Des Plages (FR) 44
9 10-0 M Todhunter J Reveley (ex2) 125 16/117.00
12 19223P Light Blue, Royal Blue star, Royal Blue and Light Blue (halved) sleeves, Light Blue cap, Royal Blue star Midnight Gold 29
10 10-0 p P Bowen Aidan Coleman 124 33/134.00
13 5442P-2 Black and Yellow diamonds, halved sleeves Minster Shadow 21
11 10-0 v C Grant C I Gillies 124 25/126.00
14 33P5U-4 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Royal Rosa (FR) 29
11 10-0 p J Howard Johnson B Hughes 122 14/115.00
15 28P68-6 Purple, large Pink spots, sleeves and cap Pak Jack (FR) 20
10 10-0 R T Phillips L Treadwell 122 33/134.00
16 222325 White, Red chevron, Emerald Green and Red striped sleeves, Red cap Ballyvesey (IRE) 14
5 10-0 v P Bowen T Scudamore 120 25/126.00
17 437-0P7 Dark green and white (quartered), chevrons on sleeves, white cap Au Courant (IRE) 37
10 10-0 Mrs S Leech R P McLernon (3) 119 100/1101.00

Verdict

Another fine spectacle over the National fences that's far from easy to solve, with marginal preference for MALJIMAR over Meanus Dandy, Gullible Gordon, Hello Bud and Irish Raptor. Nick Williams' horse was in the process of running a huge race before falling at Bechers on the second circuit and although it's impossible to predict where he'd have finished our belief is he may have been in the first five or six. Of course there's the concern that connections will have left something to work on with the spring feature in mind but he's gone well fresh in the past and looks set to run a huge race. Hello Bud was a beaten favourite in this last year but is a bold front-runner who could go well along with Irish Raptor, who won the 2009 renewal of the Topham Chase and is well-treated on that form. Gullible Gordon received a fine ride to win at Wincanton and appeals as the type to take to this along with his stablemate Meanus Dandy, while ignoring Irish raiders Notre Pere and Whatuthink may be unwise.