BoyleSports Becher Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (National Course) (GBB Race) 3m 1f 188y
- (6yo+, 3m 1f 188y, Class 1, 22 runners)
- Winner £84,195 2nd £31,665 3rd £15,825 4th £7,905 5th £3,975 6th £1,980 7th £1,020 8th £540 9th £300 10th £150
- Going: Good to Soft (Soft in places)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 50.97s
- Off time: 14:07:34
|1st||11 Ashtown Lad||5/1|
De Rasher Counter 17
|10||168 12-0||Miss E C Lavelle||Thomas Bellamy||147|
Francky Du Berlais (FR) 43
|9||168 12-0 t||P Bowen||James Bowen||147|
Snow Leopardess 17
|10||167 11-13||C E Longsdon||B S Hughes||146|
Hill Sixteen 42
|9||166 11-12 t||A M Thomson||Ryan Mania||145|
|8||166 11-12||H D Daly||H F Nugent (3)||145|
Recite A Prayer (IRE) 27
|7||165 11-11 t||W P Mullins||B Hayes||144|
The Jam Man (IRE) 56
|9||165 11-11 pt||R McNally||G Brouder (5)||144|
Fantastikas (FR) 20
|7||162 11-8||N A Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||141|
Cloth Cap (IRE) 41
|10||161 11-7 pt||Jonjo O'Neill||R P McLernon||140|
Dr Kananga 24
|8||161 11-7 t||Ben Clarke||Ben Jones||140|
Ashtown Lad (IRE) 28
|8||159 11-5||D Skelton||Harry Skelton||138|
The Wolf (FR) 42
|8||159 11-5 t||O Murphy||Adrian Heskin||138|
Gesskille (FR) 28
|6||158 11-4 p||O Greenall & J Guerriero||Henry Brooke||137|
Rapid Flight 17
|6||158 11-4||James Moffatt||Danny McMenamin||137|
|12||158 11-4||A M Hales||D R Fox||137|
Captain Kangaroo (IRE) 27
|7||156 11-2 t||W P Mullins||J B Foley (3)||135|
Enqarde (FR) 30
|8||155 11-1 t||Dr R D P Newland||Charlie Hammond||134|
Domaine De L'Isle (FR) 20
|9||153 10-13 bt||S Curran||K C Sexton||132|
Five Star Getaway (IRE) 24
|8||153 10-13||Christian Williams||Jack Tudor||132|
|7||151 10-11 pt||L Morgan||G Sheehan||130|
Didero Vallis (FR) 13
|9||148 10-8||Miss V Williams||Miss L M Turner (5)||127|
Minella Bobo (IRE) 24
|9||142 10-2 pt||Miss R Curtis||S Bowen||120|
Now Where Or When (IRE) 29
|7||1011 pt||S R B Crawford||L P Dempsey||130|
||9||10-4||C E Longsdon||Aidan Coleman||4/1|
Snow Leopardess is 6lb higher than when landing this 12 months ago but she is still better off at the weights with runner-up Hill Sixteen. Domaine De L'Isle and Didero Vallis were fourth and sixth respectively but well beaten. Cloth Cap started favourite for the 2021 Grand National but was pulled up and suffered the same fate in last season’s race. Francky Du Berlais has jumped around here twice without incident but is better over shorter trips and stamina could also be an issue for the in-form Gesskille. Enqarde is capable on his day but ASHTOWN LAD looks the pick of the weights. Running in his first handicap over fences, he finished ahead of The Wolf when not quite lasting home over 4m in the Scottish Grand National in the spring and ran a nice trial for this over hurdles here last month. Fortescue has each-way claims and Percussion could outrun bigger odds from near the foot of the handicap while Willie Mullins has entered the lightly-raced Cork winner Captain Kangaroo.
Now Where Or When (IRE)4-1 (11-5) Disputed lead early, mistake at 1st, led from 2nd and made rest, mistake 4th, ridden 3 out, strongly pressed next, stayed on well under pressure run-in, all out close home, won at Down Royal 2m hcp Yielding - Soft in Nov beating The Greek (11-2) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Ashtown Lad (IRE)13-2 (11-7) In rear on outside, slow 2nd, mistake 4 out, not fluent 3 out, headway 2 out, went 3rd last, no impression on winner, 3rd of 7, 4 1/4l behind Remastered (11-4) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp (2) gs in Nov.
Gesskille (FR)6-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, headway on inside 11th (foinavon), went 2nd after last, switched right after elbow, stayed on, pressing winner close home, just held, 2nd of 14, shd behind Al Dancer (10-13) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp (2) gs in Nov.
Percussion40-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, ridden 4 out, 4th and held last, stayed on from elbow, went 3rd close home, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 14, 8l behind Al Dancer (10-13) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp (2) gs in Nov.
Fortescue13-2 (11-0) Raced wide tracked leaders, dropped to rear at 4th, outpaced 3 out, 4th of 5, 28l behind Maximilian (11-6) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 7f (3) sft in Nov.
Five Star Getaway (IRE)16-1 (12-2) In touch, ridden and headway 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 6 1/4l behind Garincha (10-13) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 4f hcp (3) hvy in Nov.
Cloth Cap (IRE)9-1 (11-11) Prominent, ridden before 3 out, no impression from 2 out, tired when jumped left and lost 3rd last, 5th of 11, 23l behind Dingo Dollar (11-12) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp (2) gs in Oct.
Hill Sixteen14-1 (11-1) Mid-division, pushed along before 2 out, soon pressed leaders, not fluent 2 out, ridden and no impression before last, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Sounds Russian (11-6) at Kelso 3m 2f hcp (2) gs in Oct.
Snow Leopardess5-1 (11-10) Midfield approaching first where made mistake, soon pulled up, at Warwick 3m hcp (2) sft in Nov.
Enqarde (FR)16-1 (11-6) Went left and bumped rival 1st, chased leaders on inside, pushed along and outpaced home turn, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 6th of 7, dist behind Champagne Court (11-3) at Newbury 3m hcp (2) gd in Nov.
Fagan12-1 (10-7) Never travelled in rear, mistake 2nd, tailed off from 8th, pulled up 3 out, at Cheltenham 3m 2f hcp (1) gs in Dec.
Fantastikas (FR)5-2fav (11-4) Chased leader until 10th, chased leaders on inside, hit 18th, pushed along before 3 out, weakened before the last, lost modest 5th final strides, 6th of 11, 17l behind Does He Know (12-0) at Cheltenham 3m 3f hcp (1) gd in Nov.
Recite A Prayer (IRE)11-2fav (11-5) Mid-division on inner, 7th after 11th, 5th after 15th, progress to 3rd 3 out, ridden and no impression before last, one paced run-in, 3rd of 17, 7 1/4l behind Captain Kangaroo (10-0) at Cork 3m 4f hcp Soft - Heavy in Nov.
The Wolf (FR)11-1 (11-10) Behind, mistake and ridden 12th, headway 3 out, went 2nd towards finish, no impression on winner, 2nd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Lord Accord (11-3) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hcp (2) gd in Oct.
De Rasher Counter7-1 (11-11) Mid-division, headway before 4 out, driven along before 2 out, stayed on gamely, took second after last, not match winner, 2nd of 10, 9 1/2l behind Ramses De Teillee (11-1) at Warwick 3m hcp (2) sft in Nov.
Francky Du Berlais (FR)22-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, lost place before 3rd, well beaten from 3 out, 11th of 13, dist behind Seddon (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Dr Kananga7-1 (11-0) Led, 3 lengths clear 3 out, ridden and headed narrowly next, no extra flat, 2nd of 5, 9 1/2l behind Maximilian (11-6) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 7f (3) sft in Nov.
Domaine De L'Isle (FR)12-1 (10-11) Waited with towards rear, bit closer in mid-division by halfway, pushed along after 4 out, outpaced and struggling when hit next, 9th of 11, 24 1/2l behind Does He Know (12-0) at Cheltenham 3m 3f hcp (1) gd in Nov.
The Jam Man (IRE)25-1 (9-5) Mid-division, pushed along early, ridden 4f out, weakened, eased from 2f out, 19th of 22, dist behind Autumn Evening (9-9) at Curragh 2m 1f hcp Yielding - Soft in Oct.
Rapid Flight9-1 (11-12) Prominent, led 3rd, headed 5th, regained lead 6th, ridden when headed 4 out, chased winner from 2 out, ran on, 2nd of 7, 20l behind Crystal Glory (11-2) at Hexham 3m (3) sft in Nov.
Minella Bobo (IRE)28-1 (10-6) Tracked leader, led 4th, ridden and headed 4 out, weakened 2 out, pulled up before next, at Bangor-on-Dee 3m hcp (2) hvy in Nov.
Captain Kangaroo (IRE)11-1 (10-0) In touch, 3rd after 11th, closed in 2nd after 15th, led 4 out, not fluent 3 out, asserted after 2 out, pecked last, driven out, won at Cork 3m 4f hcp Soft - Heavy in Nov beating Defi Bleu (11-0) by 2 1/4l, 17 ran.
Didero Vallis (FR)28-1 (12-2) Chased leaders on outer, steady headway 4 out, ridden 3 out, kept on same pace soon after, 3rd of 12, 15 1/4l behind Bangers And Cash (11-5) at Exeter 3m hcp (3) gs in Nov.