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The William Hill Becher Handicap Steeple Chase

The William Hill Becher Handicap Steeple Chase is the fourth and featured race that takes place at Aintree Racecourse for The William Hill Becher Chase meeting every Winter.

The William Hill Becher Chase race day offers seven exceptional National Hunt races with a wonderful combination of steeplechases and hurdle races.

Hosted by Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool on a festive Saturday afternoon less than three weeks before Christmas, up to 75,000 spectators descend on the world-class racecourse for a taste of first-class, elite horse racing action every December.

The William Hill Becher Chase Meeting is enthusiastically scribbled into the National Hunt calendar for Saturday the 4th of December 2021. For all of The William Hill Becher Chase Raceday’s news and ticket information, sign up for The Jockey Club’s newsletter at https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newsletter/.

About the Race

The William Hill Becher Handicap Steeple Chase is a Grade 3, National Hunt, Great British Breeders handicap steeplechase that serves as the featured race of The William Hill Becher Chase Meeting every December.

Open to horses aged six years old and above, The William Hill Becher Handicap Steeple Chase runs 3 miles, 1 furlong and 188 yards of the National Course at Aintree and features a number of Aintree’s iconic fences along its route.

The prize pot last time out was stuffed with £120,000, which was shared proportionately between the first four successful competitors to pass the final post. Here’s how much each placement position was assigned:

1st place – Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) – £67,356

2nd place – Kimberlite Candy (IRE) – £25,332

3rd place – Le Breuil (FR) – £12,660

4th place – 28/1 Calipso Collonges (FR) – £6,324

The William Hill Becher Handicap Steeple Chase will kick off at 13:30 on Saturday the 4th of December 2021.

Runners

It’s the main event of the day, and the runners that take part in The William Hill Becher Handicap Steeple Chase will be keen to prove they deserve to be running this prestigious Class 1 race. Many of these horses have already appeared in races at the likes of The Grand National and The Cheltenham Festival.

Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race on Aintree’s William Hill Becher Chase Raceday at Aintree Racecourse last time out in 2020 (ordered by saddlecloth number):

  1. Yala Enki (FR) – Fell – 15/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Bryony Frost and trained by Paul Nicholls
  2. Jett (IRE) – eighth-place finish – 28/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-11 – ridden by jockey Sam Waley-Cohen and trained by Jessica Harrington
  3. Aso (FR) – Fell – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-8 – ridden by jockey Charlie Deutsch and trained by Venetia Williams
  4. Ramses De Teillee (FR) – seventh-place finish – 13/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by David Pipe
  5. Kimberlite Candy (IRE) – second-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Richie Mclernon and trained by Tom Lacey
  6. Minellacelebration (IRE) – Unseated Rider – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-5 – ridden by jockey Benjamin Poste and trained by Katy Price
  7. Walk In The Mill (FR) – Fell – 5/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey James best and trained by Robert Walford
  8. Give Me A Copper (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 10-13 – not assigned a jockey – trained by Paul Nicholls
  9. Calett Mad (FR) – Unseated Rider – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-9 – ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
  10. Smooth Stepper (GB) – fifth-place finish – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-9 – ridden by jockey Harry Bannister and trained by Alex Hales
  11. Le Breuil (FR) – third-place finish – 5/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-8 – ridden by jockey Kielan Woods and trained by Ben Pauling
  12. Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) – first-place finish – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-7 – ridden by jockey Conor O’Farrell and trained by David Pipe
  13. Joe Farrell (IRE) – sixth-place finish – 33/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-4 – ridden by jockey Brian Hughes and trained by Rebecca Curtis
  14. Coo Star Sivola (FR) – Unseated Rider – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-4 – ridden by jockey Tom O’Brien and trained by Nick Williams
  15. Calipso Collonges (FR) – fourth-place finish – 28/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Danny McMenamin and trained by Oisin Murphy

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Odds

Odds for The William Hill Becher Handicap Steeple Chase last time out in 2020, ranged from 5/1 for the joint race-favourites Le Breuil and Walk In The Mill, up to 33/1 for the longest outsider Joe Farrell.

This edition of The William Hill Becher Handicap Steeple Chase was won by 12/1 priced Vieux Lion Rouge, who converted £10 outright backing stakes into £130 in returns, £120 in profits.

Previous Runners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The William Hill Becher Handicap Steeple Chase at Aintree’s William Hill Becher Chase Raceday, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

The winner of The William Hill Becher Handicap Steeple Chase last December at Aintree Racecourse was 12/1 priced Vieux Lion Rouge, ridden by jockey Conor O’Farrell and trained by David Pipe.

14/1 priced Kimberlite Candy finished twenty-four lengths behind Vieux Lion Rouge in second place, followed by 5/1 priced Le Breuil in second place and 28/1 outsider Calipso Collonges in fourth.

2019

At The William Hill Becher Chase Meeting in 2019, the winner of The William Hill Becher Handicap Steeple Chase was 8/1 priced Walk In The Mill, ridden by jockey James Best and trained by Robert Walford.

11/1 priced Kimberlite Candy finished two and a half lengths behind Walk In The Mill in second place, followed by 12/1 priced Alpha Des Obeaux in third place and 8/1 priced Definitely Red in fourth.

2018

10/1 priced Walk In The Mill finished first in The William Hill Becher Handicap Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse in 2018, ridden by jockey James Best and trained by Robert Walford.

11/1 priced Vieux Lion Rouge finished four and a half lengths behind Walk In The Mill in second place, followed by 12/1 priced Ultragold in third place and 14/1 priced outsider Call It Magic in fourth.

2017

Back in 2017, the winner of The William Hill Becher Handicap Steeple Chase at The William Hill Becher Chase Meeting was 7/4 priced race favourite Blaklion, ridden by jockey Gavin Sheehan and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies.

7/1 priced The Last Samuri finished nine lengths behind Blaklion in second place, followed by 12/1 priced Highland Lodge in third place and 33/1 priced outsider Federici in fourth.

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