Arthur back in Aintree action in Becher

Grand National winner one of 18 runners.

  • Thursday 05 December
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Lucinda Russell’s 2017 Grand National winner One For Arthur is one of 18 runners in Saturday’s Randox Health Becher Handicap Chase at Aintree.

Injury has hampered the 10-year-old since his finest hour and he has been restricted to just four runs, but one of those saw him finish sixth to Tiger Roll in last year’s National.

Gordon Elliott’s Alpha Des Obeaux will carry top weight as he drops into handicap company. He will have the assistance of champion jockey Richard Johnson.

Charlie Hall winner Ballyoptic faces an easier task than on his last start a fortnight ago in the Betfair Chase.

Brian Ellison has opted to run Definitly Red in this contest in preference to the Many Clouds Chase on the same afternoon, a race he has won twice before.

Ben Pauling fields Cheltenham Festival winner Le Breuil while Vieux Lion Rouge represents David Pipe once more having won the race in 2016.

Mulcahys Hill has been towards the head of the ante-post betting having beaten Wholestone at Cheltenham last time out.

Walk In The Mill, fourth in the National in April, As De Mee, a winner over the National fences before, and Vintage Clouds also line up.

Michael Scudamore is looking forward to saddling Mysteree, who beat One For Arthur into fourth place when making a successful start to his campaign at Kelso in late October.

Scudamore sad: “It was probably a career-best performance at Kelso and he’s had a nice bit of time to freshen up since.

“He’s older than most horses taking on these fences for the first time, but it’s his sort of test as he jumps and stays and he actually showed a bit of speed at Kelso that we didn’t really think he had.

“He seems in great form and we’re as hopeful as you can be going into a race like this.”

Arthur back in Aintree action in Becher

Aintree 13:30, 7 December 2019

Aintree 13:30, 7 December 2019

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