We look at the latest betting for the Becher Chase at Aintree as Walk In The Mill bids for a third victory.
- Walk In The Mill most backed horse
- Coo Star Sivola odds continue to tumble
- Smooth Stepper popular at 25/1
We get to see horses over the Grand National fences for the first time in a year tomorrow, with 14 runners currently set to go to post for the 3m2f Beecher Chase. We have all the latest betting for the race at Aintree, as well as a rundown of the horses.
Walk In The Mill the most backed horse
At the head of the market is Walk In The Mill, who has been cut into 5/1 and is now the joint-favourite for the race. Bidding for a third consecutive win in the race, the 10-year-old had a decent pipe opener in October to get him ready for this. Conditions should suit him perfectly and Robert Walford in in good form at the moment. He’s the most backed horse through oddschecker since the market opened, with 25% of bets.
The other horse at the front of the market that is also proving popular is Le Breuil (5/1). Seventh in the race last year, Ben Pauling’s gelding weakened late on but his jumping was superb throughout. He runs off 9lb lower this year. Le Breuil is the fourth most backed horse with 10% of bets in the market.
Coo Star Sivola continues to be well backed
Coo Star Sivola, who opened up as big as 33/1 on Monday, is the second most backed horse on oddschecker as his odds continue to tumble. Now 9/1, the 2018 Ultima winner ran nicely on his seasonal reappearance. Three fences out, he was still very much in in with a shout but faded to finish fifth. With a run under his belt, he is now running off a mark off 137 which could seriously underestimate him. Still only an eight-year-old, it is easy to see why punters are keen on Coo Star Sivola’s chances.
At top weight, Yala Enki (11/1), has attracted just 4% of bets in the market. Unlucky to not win last time out when trying to get past Ramses De Teillee, that run confirmed the 10-year-old was in fine fettle after 274 days off the track. Since his first run for Paul Nicholls, he’s yet to finish out of the places so you can be sure Yala Enki will run his race.
Yala Enki’s conqueror last time out, Ramses De Teillee, is priced at 8/1 and is slightly more popular than Yala Enki with 6% of bets. Clearly, he has bags of stamina and showed how game he was when holding off a rallying Yala Enki in November. He runs at Aintree for just the second time, after his reign snapped in the 2019 Grand National and was therefore pulled up.
Smooth Stepper attracting interest at a price
At a big price, Smooth Stepper (25/1) is the third most backed horse on oddschecker with 11% of bets. He will enjoy any rain that falls from now until the race, with his best form coming in testing conditions. Alex Hales’ 11-year-old won at Haydock over a longer trip than this in heavy ground, so there’s no stamina concerns there. He’s been dropped 2lb for his seasonal reappearance, where he ran well enough into fifth.
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Second in the race last year, Kimberlite Candy (6/1) went onto win at Wawick in January and hasn’t been seen since. The eight-year-old is off 16lb higher this year but he goes well fresh. Tom Lacey’s runner is the fifth most backed horse on oddschecker with just under 7% of bets in the market.
Calett Mad (12/1) has been off the track for 693 days but if he’s able to pick up where he left off, his mark of 142 is appealing. Having run over four miles before, there’s no stamina doubts for Nigel Twiston-Davies’ runner.
Minellacelebration (14/1) was very impressive when winning at Aintree in October. He’s been raised 12lb for that effort which makes him off 13lb higher than when he finished 10th in this race last year. He’s in good form but you would think a few here will be a few too good for him.
Vieux Lion Rouge (16/1) won this in 2016 but like Minellacelebration, it’s likely he too will find a few ahead of him here, much like last year.
Aso, Joe Farrell and Jett are all a best price of 22/1. Aso will need to improve on his effort when top-weight at Cheltenham last month, struggling in the testing conditions. Joe Farrell has been pulled up on his two efforts at Aintree. Jett has solid Grade 1 form but his last two efforts haven’t been great. None of the three are stirring much interest at the moment with oddschecker users. Neither is Calipso Collonges (33/1) who’s the least popular horse in the market on oddschecker.
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