Blaklion tops 16 contenders for Becher Chase honours at Aintree

Thu 7 Dec 2017

Blaklion is among a field of 16 for the Randox Health Becher Handicap Chase at Aintree on Saturday.

This year's Grand National fourth made 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 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, while there are four Irish challengers - Lord Windermere, Rogue Angel, Westerner Point and Portrait King.

The list is completed by Sizing Codelco, The Young Master, Goodtoknow, Vic De Touzaine, Viva Steve, Straidnahanna and Federici.

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