• Rocky’s Treasure to be tested in Becher before Grand National bid

    Trainer Kim Bailey will be hoping that all roads lead to the 2020 Grand National for eight-year-old gelding Rocky’s Treasure, assuming that he passes what will be a tough test in December’s Becher Chase at Aintree. The trainer will be aiming to give the runner an outing in the Grade Three contest in just over two months’ time, ahead of a possible return to this venue for the world-famous steeplechase on April 4th.

    Rocky’s Treasure impressed in his maiden season over fences with wins in four of his eight starts, this fine run including victory in a Grade Two race at Doncaster last December.

    Bailey said: “Rocky’s Treasure is being aimed at the Becher Chase and he may have a run before that at Cheltenham’s first meeting.

    “He had a very good season last year and although he did all of his winning on good ground, he ran one of his best races on soft ground when finishing second behind Santini at Newbury.

    “We always felt he might be a Grand National horse, but we will take in the Becher Chase first and that will tell us one way or another.”

    The 2020 Grand National is already gearing up to be a hugely successful event with all grandstand and terrace tickets selling out within two months of going on general sale. The Only Available Grand National Tickets left with the Jockey Club are for the Festival Zone although these continue to sell very quickly.