Today's racecards

Aintree

  • 14:10 Betfred Becher Handicap Chase 3m 2f

  • Winner £61,897 2nd £23,320 3rd £11,671 4th £5,830
  • Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places, National Heavy)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 7m 21.50s
  • Off time: 14:10:17
14:10 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Hello Bud (IRE) 14/1
2nd Join Together (IRE) 5/1
3rd Big Fella Thanks 7/1
4th Swing Bill (FR) 20/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1121/46- EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap BallaBriggs (IRE) 238
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
11 11-12 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 156 10/111.00
2 F11P3-7 Royal blue, orange star, royal blue sleeves, orange stars and cap Join Together (IRE) 35
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-4 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 148 5/16.00
3 2F447/U Light Blue, Royal Blue star, White and Royal Blue check sleeves and cap Big Fella Thanks 42
Nag meBeaten Favourite
10 11-1 t T R George P J Brennan 145 7/18.00
4 8/1211-5 Black and White diamonds, Emerald Green sleeves and cap Problema Tic (FR) 21
Nag meCourse Winner
6 10-12 D Pipe T Scudamore 142 8/19.00
5 200P-P1 ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots Swing Bill (FR) 22
Nag me
11 10-12 D Pipe C O'Farrell 142 20/121.00
6 B/P1FP-3 Red, White sleeves, Red spots, Brown cap West End Rocker (IRE) 28
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 10-12 A King R Thornton 142 4/15.00
7 21-1133 Maroon, Yellow sleeves, White armlets, White cap Mumbles Head (IRE) 42
Nag me
11 10-10 P Bowen T J O'Brien 140 16/117.00
8 P76U1/5 Royal Blue, Emerald Green sleeves, Yellow cap Poker De Sivola (FR) 43
Nag meDistance Winner
9 10-6 Ferdy Murphy J Reveley 136 25/126.00
9 783-614 Pink and Mauve (quartered), Mauve sleeves, White cap Any Currency (IRE) 21
Nag me
9 10-4 e M Keighley Aidan Coleman 134 12/113.00
10 U0/P35-P EMERALD GREEN In Compliance (IRE) 13
Nag me
12 10-4 D T Hughes N P Madden 134 10/111.00
11 7P/160-7 Royal Blue and White diabolo, White sleeves and cap Midnight Haze 22
Nag meDistance Winner
10 10-4 K C Bailey D C Costello 134 16/117.00
12 5120-25 Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap Fabalu (IRE) 42
Nag meDistance Winner
10 10-1 b D McCain Jnr B Harding 131 20/121.00
13 1F9/44-0 Red, dark green sleeves, white armlets, white cap, red spots Gullible Gordon (IRE) 14
Nag me
9 10-0 P Bowen Ryan Mania 130 25/126.00
14 6547-35 BLACK, WHITE sleeves, YELLOW cap Hello Bud (IRE) 22
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
14 10-0 t N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 125 14/115.00
15 5U2776- LIGHT BLUE, ORANGE epaulets Minella Theatre (IRE) 239
Nag me
9 10-0 pt Mrs L Hill D Bass 116 16/117.00
16 376-P27 White, Red chevron, Emerald Green and Red striped sleeves, Red cap Ballyvesey (IRE) 114
Nag meBeaten Favourite
7 10-0 vt P Bowen J E Moore 115 33/134.00

Verdict

Ballabriggs won the Grand National over these fences in 2011 when today's rivals Big Fella Thanks and In Compliance were also-rans and Hello Bud and West End Rocker failed to finish. The latter landed this 12 months ago, however, and Hello Bud was still prominent when unseating his rider at the Canal Turn so neither can be discounted. Ballyvesey finished a distant third last year while Swing Bill was pulled up, though David Pipe's grey came back to form at Cheltenham last time when beating a subsequent winner. Pipe also runs the unexposed Problema Tic, who was just behind Any Currency at Cheltenham on his reappearance, but JOIN TOGETHER may be the class act. The seven-year-old was a bit ring-rusty at Ascot last month but that was his first run outside of novice company and he looks well-weighted here on his defeat of subsequent National Hunt Chase hero Teaforthree at Cheltenham around this time last year.