Irish Quartet Among 16 Becher Decs

Thu 7th Dec 2017, 11:58

Aintree Racecourse
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There are four Irish challengers among a field of 16 for the Randox Health Becher Handicap Chase on Saturday.

Taking the big Aintree test are Lord Windermere, Rogue Angel, Westerner Point and Portrait King.

This year's Grand National fourth Blaklion returns to Merseyside after making a pleasing reappearance when second to his Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained stablemate Bristol De Mai in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby.

The line-up also features the first three home from 12 months ago - the David Pipe-trained Vieux Lion Rouge, James Moffatt's 2015 winner Highland Lodge and The Last Samuri. The latter, trained by Kim Bailey, heads the weights.

Paul Nicholls relies on last year's Grand Sefton scorer As De Mee, with the list completed by Sizing Codelco, The Young Master, Goodtoknow, Vic De Touzaine, Viva Steve, Straidnahanna and Federici.

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THE IRISH TIMES