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Becher Chase Trends
Sun, Dec 9th, 2012

The 2012 Becher Chase was run at Aintree Racecourse on the 8 December 2012. The race is run over 3 miles and 2 furlongs over the Grand National fences. The 2010 winner Black Apalachi finished second in the 2011 Grand National. Silver Birch (2004/2007), Amberleigh House (2001/2004) and Earth Summitt (1998/1998) are the only horses to complete the Becher Chase/ Grand national double.

The remarkable 14 year old Hello Bud gave trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies a complete set of wins in the races run over the Grand National fences in landing the 2012 renewal.

Becher Chase Result 2012

Pos

Dist

Horse

Trainer

Age

Wt

Jockey

SP

1st

14 Hello Bud (IRE)

N A Twiston-Davies

14

10-0 t

S Twiston-Davies

14/1

Led until 13th (bechers brook), led before 2 out, clung on gamely

2nd

nk

2 Join Together (IRE)

P F Nicholls

7

11-4

D A Jacob

5/1

Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 8th, switched right after elbow, stayed on well, went 2nd towards finish, just held opened 6/1 £2400-£400

3rd

3 Big Fella Thanks

T R George

10

11-1 t

P J Brennan

7/1

Held up towards rear, not fluent 11th, mistake next, hampered 15th (canal turn), headway 17th, stayed on flat, lost 2nd towards finish

4th

nse

5 Swing Bill (FR)

D Pipe

11

10-12

Conor O'farrell

20/1

Tracked leaders, ridden 2 out, pressing for 2nd from elbow, stayed on, held towards finish

5th

¾

10 In Compliance (IRE)

D T Hughes

12

10-4

N P Madden

10/1

Held up in rear, hampered 1st, headway 8th, mistake 11th, lost place when mistake 13th (bechers brook), mistake next (foinavon), headway after 3 out, held by leaders towards finish opened 9/1

6th

12

13 Gullible Gordon (IRE)

P Bowen

9

10-0

Ryan Mania

25/1

Tracked leaders, led 13th (bechers brook), headed before 2 out, no extra flat opened 28/1

7th

7

8 Poker De Sivola (FR)

Ferdy Murphy

9

10-6

J Reveley

25/1

Mid-division on inside, left 6th 3 out, never on terms, no extra last

PU

1 BallaBriggs (IRE)

D McCain Jnr

11

11-12

J M Maguire

10/1

Prominent, blundered 11th, lost place 14th (foinavon), struggling 3 out, rallied on long run to 2 out, soon weakened and pulled up opened 9/1

PU

6 West End Rocker (IRE)

A King

10

10-12

R Thornton

4/1f

Mid-division on outside, reminder after 5th, soon lost place, mistake 9th, pulled up before 17th opened 6/1 touched 9/2 £3000-£500 £2750-£500 £2000-£360 £1500-£300(x5) £900-£200(x2)

PU

11 Midnight Haze

K C Bailey

10

10-4

D C Costello

###

Held up towards rear, hit 9th, remote 10th after 3 out, pulled up before next opened 20/1

PU

15 Minella Theatre (IRE)

Mrs L Hill

9

10-0 pt

David Bass

16/1

Held up towards rear, headway approaching 8th, lost place before 14th (foinavon), tailed off 3 out, soon pulled up opened 18/1

PU

16 Ballyvesey (IRE)

P Bowen

7

10-0 vt

J E Moore

33/1

Prominent, lost place after 7th, behind 16th (valentines), tailed off 4 out, soon pulled up

F

4 Problema Tic (FR)

D Pipe

6

10-12

T Scudamore

8/1

Held up towards rear, jumped slowly 3rd, headway 11th, 4th when fell 17th opened 10/1

F

7 Mumbles Head (IRE)

P Bowen

11

10-10

T J O'Brien

16/1

Fell 1st

F

12 Fabalu (IRE)

D McCain Jnr

10

10-1 b

Brian Harding

20/1

Prominent, mistake 7th (water), lost several places before next, struggling in 6th when fell 3 out opened 16/1

UR

9 Any Currency (IRE)

M Keighley

9

10-4 e

Aidan Coleman

12/1

Tracked leaders, 4th when hit 15th (canal turn) and unseated rider

Share your thoughts on the race on our Becher Chase 2012 thread.

Becher Chase Trends

  • Paul Nicholls has trained 3 of the last 8 winners
  • Dessie Hughes has trained 2 of the last 4 winners
  • 8 of the last 10 winners were aged 8-10
  • no 11 year old has won in the last decade (17 ran, 5 were placed)
  • just 2 favourites have won in the last decade
  • the last 5 winners were priced at 10-1 or less
  • 5 of the last 6 winners were officially rated between 137 and 148
  • the last 10 winners all finished in first 5 on their last completed start

Becher Chase Winners 2002-2011

Year

Horse

Age

WT

Jockey

Trainer

SP

FAV

OR

2011

West End Rocker

9

10-10

W Hutchinson

Alan King

10-1

6

137

2010

Hello Bud

12

10-5

S Twiston-Davies

N Twiston-Davies

15-2

1

133

2009

Vic Venturi

9

11-12

P Flood

Dessie Hughes

7-1

5

148

2008

Black Apalachi

9

10-5

D O'Regan

Dessie Hughes

15-2

6

138

2007

Mr Pointment

8

11-5

S Thomas

Paul Nicholls

15-2

2,F

146

2006

Eurotrek

10

11-7

L Heard

Paul Nicholls

25-1

11

147

2005

Garvivonnian

10

10-4

G Cotter

Ned Mitchell

33-1

UR

130

2004

Silver Birch

7

10-1

R Walsh

Paul Nicholls

4-1

1

123

2003

Clan Royal

8

10-12

L Cooper

Jonjo O'Neill

11-2

3

126

2002

Ardent Scout

10

9-11

D Elsworth

Sue Smith

14-1

2

123

 

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