Entries by Captain Becher

Statistically, Female Jockeys Offer Better Value

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have seen a noticeable increase in the number of female jockeys taking to the jumps. It hasn’t always been an easy road, but certainly, the last couple of seasons have seen female jockeys on better rides with more opportunities. Even better is that, statistically, if you […]


Picking Winners and Avoiding Losers

If I could pick winning horses with regularity, I wouldn’t be writing this guide on ‘How to pick winning horses’. I’d be sipping champagne on the deck of my yacht and deciding whether to set sail for Martinique or Monaco! Let no one fool you; picking winners isn’t that easy. But keep reading as I […]

History Of Favourites In The Grand National

For the first time, in a very long time, there is a Grand National favourite on odds as short as 7/2 to win the race. Tiger Roll is the phenomenal horse that is just a couple of weeks away from doing the nearly impossible – winning back-to-back Grand Nationals. But even with his seasonal success […]

Grand National 2019 Scratching Dates

The horse racing world is gearing up for the Grand National 2019, which is just 43 days away. The entries for the 172nd renewal of the famous race were announced on the 30th January. Over 100 horses were given a provisional entry into the world’s most famous race. Nevertheless, only 40 of these plucky horses […]

Grand National 2019 – The Top Trainers

For an outsider, horse racing might just be about the horses, but any enthusiast will know that it’s a team effort that takes the winning horse past the finish line. From the trainer to the jockey and finally the horse, it takes hours of practice and training to get ready for the biggest race of […]

Abolitionist Back On Grand National Track

The national hunt season is back in full swing. And with that comes the plans for many potential 2019 Grand National runners. While it may too early to speculate just who will make the cut, plenty of trainers are getting plans underway. Dr Richard Newland has made clear that his charge, Abolitionist is right on […]

Clarcam Lands Galway Plate In Style

The Galway Plate often throws up a very good winner and we could have seen yet another one this season with Clarcam for the Gordon Elliott yard. This was a great front-running performance from the eight-year-old, and after this big victory, he will have his sights raised going into the winter national hunt season. The […]

Baywing – The 2019 Grand National Darkhorse?

The summer is a time for looking back at what happened over the course of last season, and also a time to look forward to how horses may develop. One interesting horse is Baywing, and it would be no surprise to see him develop into a genuine Grand National contender in 2019 with a good […]


Blaklion Advertises National Claims

Those who had already backed Blaklion for Grand National glory prior to his run in the Becher Chase will have been thrilled with what they saw. Plenty of people will have backed him at much shorter odds after the race too and many people will be hoping he can run in a similar fashion back […]


Minella Rocco Pulled From Grand National

There has been bad news for anyone who fancied Minella Rocco’s chances at this year’s Grand National, as Jonjo O’Neill has announced that the horse will not run at the Aintree showcase. Minella Rocco was the market leader for the race, priced at 8-1 after an impressive run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, where he […]