The Becher Chase is a Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase held at Aintree, over a distance of about 3 miles and 2 furlongs where there are twenty-one fences to be jumped. But not just any fences, as this race is run over the same obstacles as Aintree's more popular and much more famous race – the Grand National, with the Becher serving as an early-season trial for that event.
One of the obstacles jumped is called Becher's Brook named in memory of a man called Martin Becher. The Becher Chase was established back in 1992, when a new race meeting was introduced at Aintree. For the twenty years prior to this, the Grand National meeting had been the venue's only horse racing fixture of the year.
Two winners have gone on to win the Grand National; Amberleigh House and Silver Birch. Earth Summit also won the race in 1998, having won the Grand National the previous April. Let’s study some key trends for this year’s renewal.