The declarations for the Becher Chase have been announced and the field sees a good mix of familiar faces and interesting newcomers set to face the Grand National fences.
Newcomers that catch the eye are Scottish National winner Hello Bud, Howard Johnson’s inexperienced but talented chaser Companero and Irish raider Vic Venturi.
Paul Nicholls has won three of the last five runnings of the Becher Chase and has two entries at this stage – Hoo Loo Baloo and Nozic.
Also, on the card on Sunday is the Grand Sefton Chase which also takes place over the Grand National fences. This race tends to have less of a long term effect on the Grand National itself due to being run over a shorter distance, but there are still some interesting runners entered with Idle Talk, One Cool Cookie and Always Waining gaining entries here and in the Becher and the likes of Brooklyn Brownie, Bible Lord and Private Be also due to line up in the Sefton.
However, the most intriguing entrant is probably the enigmatic Seven Is My Number form the David Pipe yard. The David Johnson owned gelding has looked to have his fair share of temperament in the past but the Pond House team have done well to win three chases with him this year and it will be very interesting to see how he takes to the National fences.
Who do you fancy in the Becher Chase and the Grand Sefton and can the winners of these races go on to further success in the Grand National 2010?