As we build up to the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday, the ITV Racing team will shoot over to Aintree to take in the 2022 Becher Chase. This three-and-a-quarter-mile chase is run on the fearsome Grand National course, and horses like Amberleigh House and Silver Birch have gone on to win the Grand National following their success in the Becher.
Here's the latest betting for Saturday's Becher, some key recurring trends and our best two betting tips
2022 Becher Chase Odds
2022 Becher Chase Trends
- 14 of the last 15 winners were eight years old or older
- 14 of the last 15 winners had won at least twice over fences before
- 14 of the last 15 winners had won or placed in a Graded or Listed chase
- 13 of the last 15 winners didn't win on their previous start
- 12 of the last 15 winners carried 10-12 or less
- 12 of the last 15 winners had won a chase over at least 3m
- 12 of the last 15 winners were having either their second or third start of the season
- 11 of the last 15 winners went off at 12/1 or shorter
- 11 of the last 15 winners had previous experience jumping the Grand National fences
Form around the Grand National
course has proven important in this handicap. 11 of the last 15 winners had either run in the Becher, the Topham Chase or the Grand National before claiming victory.
Proven stamina over at least three miles goes a long way. As does a proven track record in high-profile handicaps, with only 2007 winner Mr Pointment - who was only having his fifth start over fences when he won the Becher - failing to register a win or a place in a race of Listed quality or better.
It often pays to look towards the bottom of the weights when trying to find the winner of the Becher. This year, however, only four of the 23 confirmed runners will carry less than 10-13. Seven runners will attempt to carry 11-11 or more to victory on Saturday - a feat only four horses have managed in the entire 30-year history of this popular race.
2022 Becher Chase Tip 1 - Five Star Getaway
Christian Williams is always a name worth following in high-profile staying handicap chase and I'm keen on the chances of his sole runner, FIVE STAR GETAWAY (Tipped at 14/1).
A three-time winner during his first season over fences, Five Star Getaway made a winning reappearance at Kempton's Christmas Festival
last season, staying on well to beat Fortescue in a valuable three-mile contest. Jack Tudor's mount then ran a cracker in the Masters Handicap at Sandown, where he finished just four lengths adrift of last weekend's Coral Gold Cup winner, Le Milos.
Five Star Getaway was held up out the back on his first spin around the Grand National course in the Topham last April. Although he could never get involved in the race from his position at the rear, Williams' charge managed to complete the course. Jack Tudor's mount stayed on from out the back to finish fourth under 12-2 on his return to action at Bangor three weeks ago and that run should tee Five Star Getaway up perfectly for a tilt at the Becher.
2022 Becher Chase Tip 2 - Cloth Cap
career has been on a downward spiral since he carried the tag of favouritism into the 2021 Grand National. Jonjo O'Neill's star went into that National on the back of wins in the Coral Gold Cup
and the Premier Chase at Kelso. Everything seemed to be going quite well at Aintree, until the favourite stumbled badly after landing the fourth-last and quickly tumbled back through the field.
Cloth Cap returned to action last season running off a lofty mark of 156 and didn't run badly at all when fourth on his reappearance at Cheltenham. Three lengthy defeats then followed, before O'Neill's charge rounded off a poor season with another failure to finish in the Grand National, where he was found to be bleeding from the nose.
On his reappearance in a Veterans Chase at Aintree in October, Cloth Cap looked much more like his old self for the majority of the race, only to tire in the closing stages and drift from second back to fifth. The handicapper has dropped Cloth Cap's mark all the way down to 140 since the start of last season. He'll still have 11-7 to shoulder on Saturday, but if Cloth Cap retains any of his old ability, he should be able to contend off what's certainly a lenient mark.