Baby Run bids to make a fairytale comeback from a lengthy lay-off and give trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies a sixth success in the Betfred Becher Chase at Aintree today.
Twiston-Davies first lifted this dress rehearsal for the Grand National with Indian Tonic 20 years ago and has since been on the roll of honour with Young Hustler (1995), Earth Summit (1998) and dual winner Hello Bud in 2010 and 2012.
Twiston-Davies also owns Baby Run and is the mount of his son, Sam.
Successful over the famous fences in the Fox Hunters’ Chase in April 2011, when ridden by the trainer’s other jockey-son, Willy, the 13-year-old has been sidelined since finishing third in the bet365 Gold Cup later that month.
The Naunton handler said: “He had a small leg problem after we ran him on ground that was a bit too fast for him in what was the Whitbread at Sandown.
“He’s been in good form and he won the Fox Hunters’ round there so it should suit him.
Swing Bill heads David Pipe’s three-pronged attack on the three-and-a-quarter-mile test.
The 12-year-old, fourth behind Hello Bud 12 months ago, ran a tremendous race to finish sixth in the Grand National in April.
“Swing Bill has got a great track record and will like the ground. We are giving it a go with Junior, and Bostons Angel is having his first run for us. If he (Bostons Angel) takes to the fences he might enjoy it,” said Pipe. “We are trying to freshen Bostons Angel up. He has his own ideas about the game nowadays.”
Join Together’s best performance last season came in this race when he was only beaten a neck by Hello Bud. The eight-year-old has failed to shine in both his starts so far this term and trainer Paul Nicholls is hoping a return to Aintree will spark a revival in fortunes.
“He ran well in the race last year, obviously, but he was disappointing in France last time,” said Nicholls. “For whatever reason he didn’t seem to like the water jump at Auteuil, so we’re just hoping he can bounce back on a course we know he likes."
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