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GRAND SEFTON HANDICAP CHASE: December feature brought forward a month

The pre-Christmas Grand Sefton event will now be hosted in November, Aintree confirms



Minella Times ridden by Rachael Blackmore clears the water during Grand National Day of the 2021 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. Picture date: Saturday April 10, 2021.

Aintree’s Grand Sefton Handicap Chase has been moved to November and will no longer coincide with the Becher Chase on the same day, Sulekha Varma has confirmed.

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The two-and-a-half-mile contest originally took place in December but has been brought forward to give the course’s November card a feature event.


Track clerk Varma told the Sporting Life: “By moving the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase forward a month to the November meeting there are now three fixtures a year where the Grand National fences are utilised, with the Becher Handicap Chase following at the December meeting and then the three contests at Randox Grand National Festival in April.

Hogan's Height ridden by Tom Cannon on their way to victory in the Virgin Bet Grand Sefton Handicap Chase during Becher Chase Raceday at Aintree Racecourse, Merseyside.
The movement of the Grand Sefton means that Aintree will host three race days that features the National Course

“We felt that the November meeting at Aintree lacked a highlight and this move should hopefully give it a boost. It always feels extra special at our fixtures when the famous Grand National fences are in use and it is exciting that the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase will now have its own billing.

“By having the opportunity to run a horse over the Grand National fences at a different time of year, we also hoping that moving the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase forward a month will assist trainers in their planning for the Randox Grand National Festival.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.