Liverpool news Walk In The Mill on course for Becher Chase hat-trick bid at Aintree MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Dual winner heads 17 entries for the feature race over the Randox Health Grand National fences, while 23 remain for the Grand Sefton Chase
Breaking News ! Walk In The Mill heads the 17 entries left in at the five-day stage for the William Hill Becher Handicap Chase as he bids for a unique hat-trick of successes at Aintree Racecourse this Saturday. Robert Walford’s 10-year-old, who is vying for favouritism at a best-priced 6-1 with bet365 for the 3m2f contest run over the Randox Health Grand National course, has won the Becher for the past two seasons. He became only the third dual winner of the Aintree December showpiece after Into The Red (1994, 1996) and Hello Bud (2010, 2012) after he followed up his 2018 victory under James Best by scoring again 12 months ago. Now he will head back to Merseyside on Saturday aiming to become the first treble winner of the Becher Chase. If he were to triumph he would become only the third horse to win three times over the famous Aintree fences after Red Rum in the Grand National in the 1970s and Always Waining, who landed a hat-trick in the Topham Chase from 2010 to 2012. Walk In The Mill, who also finished fourth to dual winner Tiger Roll in the 2019 Grand National, made his seasonal return when seventh behind Regal Encore in the Sodexo Gold Cup at Ascot at the end of October. Vieux Lion Rouge is another previous winner of the race having scored in 2016 for his Grand National-winning trainer David Pipe. He is a 16-1 chance with several firms to score again. Pond House handler Pipe could be double-handed with recent Cheltenham winner Ramses De Teillee - who is an 8-1 chance with William Hill, Paddy Power, Betfair and Skybet - also entered. Kimberlite Candy, ridden by jockey Richie McLernon, winning the McCoy Contractors Civil Engineering Classic Handicap Chase at Warwick Racecourse on Saturday, January 11 2020 Picture by Steven Paston/PA Kimberlite Candy was the runner-up to Walk In The Mill last December and is in line to try and go one better this time. The Tom Lacey-trained eight-year-old, who is sponsors William Hill's 11-2 favourite, has not run since winning the Classic Chase at Warwick back in January. Ditcheat handler Paul Nicholls, who has landed the Becher Chase three times, is double-handed this time with top-weight Yala Enki - a winner of Haydock's Grand National Trial when trained by Venetia Williams - and Give Me A Copper, who has not run for almost 12 months. Yala Enki, who was second to Ramses De Teillee at Cheltenham last time, is another among the market leaders for the Becher at a best-priced 8-1 with several firms. Ben Pauling's Le Breuil, who finished seventh in last year's Becher Chase and also won the four-miler at the Cheltenham Festival earlier in 2019, is also among the favourites at a best-priced 6-1 with most bookmakers. The 10-year-old was fourth in a chase at Kelso on his seasonal return at the end of October. Other contenders include 2019 Eider Chase victor Crosspark - who is a 12-1 chance with BetVictor and bet365; 2018 Scottish National hero Joe Farrell; the only Irish raider, Jessica Harrington’s Jett; and Calett Mad, from the Nigel Twiston-Davies' stable who have won a record six Becher Chases as well as two Grand Nationals.
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In the other contest over the Grand National fences, the William Hill Grand Sefton Chase, 23 horses remain entered - headed by top weight Venetia Williams' Aso, who has also been declared for the Becher. Aso is a 33-1 chance with Betway behind their 8-1 favourite Modus. Modus, who scored over the Mildmay fences at Aintree at the start of last month, is from the Nicholls' stable who could also run Sametegal. Lord Du Mesnil – who is owned by a syndicate that includes husband and wife Mike and Mandy Smith from Wirral – won twice at Haydock Park last season and was runner-up in the Grand National Trial at the same track in February. He is set to return to Merseyside after finishing fourth over hurdles at Kelso recently. He is a best-priced 14-1 chance with Betway. The Nicky Henderson-trained Might Bite, who finished second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, may have a first crack at the National fences. The 11-year-old has not won since landing the Betway Bowl over the Mildmay fences at Aintree in 2018 - one of his four Grade One victories which included the 2017 King George VI Chase at Kempton. Twiston-Davies - who is the only trainer to have won all five races run over the Grand National course - has left both Crievehill and Flying Angel among the entries. Another Grand National-winning trainer, Dr Richard Newland, is also double-handed with Beau Bay and Caid Du Lin. Wetherby Listed winner Huntsman Son; Philip Hobbs' Springtown Lake - second to Modus at Aintree recently - are other entries. As well as the two races over the Grand National fences on the seven-race card at Aintree, there is the Grade Two William Hill Many Clouds Chase which could see the seasonal return of 2020 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Santini. The Henderson-trained eight-year-old heads the eight entries for the Grade Two contest over an extended three miles on the Mildmay course. He is sponsors William Hill's 11-8 favourite and could face last year’s winner and 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Native River - an 11-4 chance - from the Colin Tizzard stable. Frodon, a winner of the 2019 Old Roan Chase on the Mildmay course, is also 11-4 with William Hill and could head back to Aintree following his fine weight-carrying victory in a handicap chase at Cheltenham recently.
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