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Hobbs seizes Chance

Chance Du Roy just prevailed in an epic renewal of the Betfred Becher Chase at Aintree.

Staged over three and a quarter miles of the Grand National course, the Philip Hobbs-trained Chance Du Roy was given a fine ride by Tom O'Brien, joining the gallant Baby Run as the pair jumped two out upsides.

With O'Brien's mount going on from there and safely negotiating the last, it looked like the big prize was heading back to Hobbs' Minehead base with the minimum of fuss.

But Baby Run, on his first start for 959 days, found extraordinary reserves under Sam Twiston-Davies from the Elbow to fight back and in the end go down by just a length to the 14-1 winner.

Mr Moonshine was another length and three-quarters back in third, with Ballybough Gorta fourth.

Sarah Hobbs, wife of the winning trainer, said: "That was so exciting, he loves this course.

"He stayed on really well at the finish and you'd like to think he could maybe come back here in April for the National, although I think there'll be a bit of opposition from the owner.

"When Planet Of Sound was a non-runner (because of the ground), Tom offered the ride to Richard (Johnson, stable jockey) but Richard said Tom knows the horse better so let him keep the ride, which was nice.

"The horses are running really well, Philip is at Chepstow where we've had a double.

"We're all delighted."

O'Brien said: "I got into a really nice rhythm and was always travelling well. It's great to get a winner on a big day."