Becher Chase

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Becher Handicap Chase
Grade 3 race
Location Aintree Racecourse
Merseyside, England
Race type Steeplechase
Sponsor William Hill
Website Aintree Becher Chase
Race information
Distance3 miles 1 furlong 188 yards (5,201 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationSix-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £120,000 (2020)
1st: £67,356
Becher Handicap Chase
2020
Owner Prof Caroline Tisdall.svg Owner Mr John P McManus.svg Owner Miss Emma Collins.svg
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The Becher Chase is a Grade Three National Hunt steeplechase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged six years or older. It is run at Aintree over a distance of about 3 miles and 2 furlongs (3 miles 1 furlong and 188 yards, or 5,201 metres), and during its running there are twenty-one fences to be jumped. It is a handicap race, and it is scheduled to take place each year in November or December.

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It is run over the same fences as Aintree's most famous race, the Grand National, and it serves as an early-season trial for that event. Two winners have gone on to win the Grand National; Amberleigh House and Silver Birch. Earth Summit won the race in 1998 following his Grand National win the previous April.

One of the obstacles jumped is Becher's Brook, which is named in memory of Martin Becher (1799–1864). The Becher Chase was established in 1992, when a new race meeting was introduced at Aintree. For the twenty years prior to this, the Grand National meeting had been the venue's only horse racing fixture of the year. The Becher Chase was upgraded to Grade Three by the British Horseracing Board from its 2014 running. [1]

Records

Most successful horse (2 wins):

Most successful jockey (2 wins):

Most successful trainer (6 wins):

Winners

Year
Winner
Age
Weight
Jockey
Trainer
1992 Kildimo 1210-03 Lorcan Wyer Sue Smith
1993 Indian Tonic 710-06 Chris Maude Nigel Twiston-Davies
1994Into the Red1010-04 Richard Guest John White
1995 Young Hustler 812-00 Chris Maude Nigel Twiston-Davies
1996Into the Red1210-00 Tony Dobbin Mary Reveley
1997 Samlee 810-00 Rodney Farrant Philip Hobbs
1998 Earth Summit 1012-00 Tom Jenks Nigel Twiston-Davies
1999 Feels Like Gold 1110-00 Tony Dobbin Nicky Richards
2000 Young Kenny 912-00 Russ Garritty Peter Beaumont
2001 Amberleigh House 910-09 Warren Marston Ginger McCain
2002 Ardent Scout 1009-11 Dominic Elsworth Sue Smith
2003 Clan Royal 810–12 Liam Cooper Jonjo O'Neill
2004 Silver Birch 710-01 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2005 Garvivonnian 1010-04 Garrett Cotter Ned Mitchell
2006 Eurotrek 1011-07 Liam Heard Paul Nicholls
2007 Mr Pointment 811-05 Sam Thomas Paul Nicholls
2008 Black Apalachi 910-05 Denis O'Regan Dessie Hughes
2009 Vic Venturi 911–12 Paddy Flood Dessie Hughes
2010 Hello Bud 1210-05 Sam Twiston-Davies Nigel Twiston-Davies
2011 West End Rocker 910–10 Wayne Hutchinson Alan King
2012 Hello Bud 1410-00 Sam Twiston-Davies Nigel Twiston-Davies
2013 Chance du Roy 910-06 Tom O'Brien Philip Hobbs
2014Oscar Time1310–12 Sam Waley-Cohen [lower-alpha 1] Robert Waley-Cohen
2015 Highland Lodge 910-00 Henry Brooke James Moffatt
2016Vieux Lion Rouge710-09 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
2017 Blaklion 811-06 Gavin Sheehan Nigel Twiston-Davies
2018Walk In The Mill810-03James BestRobert Walford
2019Walk In The Mill910-08James BestRobert Walford
2020Vieux Lion Rouge1110-07Conor O'Farrell David Pipe
  1. amateur rider

See also

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References

  1. "British Horseracing Authority Announces Upgrades to Jump Pattern Races for 2013/14". Archived from the original on 2 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013.