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Aintree

  • 13:45 Totesport.com 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
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 7m 4.90s
  • Off time: 13:45:56

Bud brilliant in Becher

Gallant veteran wins at Aintree

Last Updated: 22/11/10 10:55am

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Hello Bud: Leads Royal Rosa over the last at Aintree.

Hello Bud: Leads Royal Rosa over the last at Aintree.

Sam Twiston-Davies' dream season continued as Hello Bud won the totesport.com Becher Chase at Aintree on Sunday.

"He jumped from fence to fence and travelled like a superstar"
Sam Twiston-Davies Quotes of the week

The 15-2 favourite was always towards the fore in an incident-packed race and showed tremendous courage on the run-in to beat Royal Rosa (25-1) by a length-and-a-quarter.

One Cool Cookie (25-1) finished third ahead of Ballyvesey (25-1) but the race was marred by a horror fall suffered by Patrick Mangan aboard Whatuthink.

National treasure?

Paddy Power and William Hill gave Hello Bud a 33-1 quote for the Grand National back over the big fences in April while Coral go 25-1 from 50s.

Twiston-Davies senior said: "The horse is 12, nearly 13, and the boy is 18 just. It was absolutely superb.

"What an excitement that was, I thought we were going have a one-two but Irish Raptor made that mistake at the second-last.

"Hello Bud is made for these fences and we will definitely come back and have another try at the National in the spring.

"Our worry was that he wouldn't get in, but he will now. He prefers good ground and although we have put him in the Welsh National, unless we get an Indian winter the ground is unlikely to be right for him there.

"But the race at Warwick (Tote Classic) is another possibility for him."

The jockey said: "He jumped from fence to fence and travelled like a superstar. When Ballyvesey passed me I just tried to save a little bit turning for home and save the stick for as long as possible."

Mangan, son of Grand National-winning trainer Jimmy Mangan, was taken to the local Fazakerley Hospital for further examination but was conscious and not thought to be too seriously injured.

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