Revised selection for the Becher Chase....

Last Updated: 03.12.2016

Friday, 2nd December 2016

Good afternoon, contrarians,

On the menu today….

  • Revised selection for the Becher….

Revised selection in the Becher….

The fates have conspired against me this afternoon….

Earlier today I put up Gas Line Boy for tomorrow’s Becher Handicap Chase at Aintree (1.35). But he’s been pulled out of the race by connections and declared a non-runner….

It happens occasionally. These are the perils of going out early doors in the effort to beat the market to the punch.

But no matter. In a big competitive handicap, there is always more than one you can make a case for at a price. I preferred Gas Line Boy but now he’s out of the race the one I’d be betting is DARE TO ENDEAVOUR at the generally available 16s.

He was 2nd in last season’s renewal of the race off a mark of 134. He gets to go again tomorrow off 131. And that gives him every chance of going one better under Harry Skelton.

Last time out at Limerick he got beaten 20 lengths having already had a pipe opener at Listowel over hurdles. But I’m not concerned about that. Last year he showed up for this race having got beaten 18 lengths and having pulled up in his final prep race.

You can take it as read that connections will have had this race in mind since last year’s run. This is the race he’s been primed for and he’ll be coming over from Ireland with plenty of expectation behind him.

The Contrarian Bet Box….

To recap on where my contrarian money will be going tomorrow afternoon….

In the Becher Handicap Chase (1.35 at Aintree)....

  • Nick’s Contrarian Picks – DARE TO ENDEAVOUR each-way (16s generally)

In the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase (3.15 at Aintree)....

  • Nick’s Contrarian Picks – ASTRACAD each-way (14s generally)

That is my take on where the value lies – but you will no doubt have your own ideas and that’s exactly as it should be.

That’s all from me for today. Enjoy your weekend.

Nick Pullen

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