Grand Annual Chase

A handicap chase over 2m 110 yards which was moved to become the last race of the Festival from 2010.

Grand Annual Chase Trends

10/10had won over at least 2m 1f
9/10carried 10st 13lb or less
9/10had won no more than one race that season
9/10were aged nine or under
9/10had no more than twelve races over fences
7/10had run at the Festival before

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Grand Annual Chase Trends Analysis

Similarly to most of the other handicaps at the Festival, we should be looking for a low weighted runner towards the head of the market.

Runners rated 129-134 had a remarkable run in this race winning eight recent renewals but this trend may be changing as the last four winners all had a higher rating. It would seem classier horses are starting to go for the Grand Annual.

Novices have a good record in this race - four recent winners of this race, Alderwood, Bellvano, Oh Crick and Pigeon Island, were all in their novice season. Try to find a novice rated 140 or lower - novices rated over that mark have struggled.

As stated often on this site, previous Festival form is a big plus point with seven recent winners having run at the Festival before at least once.

Grand Annual Last Ten Winners

Table below shows the last ten winners of the race, their age and weight at the time of winning, trainer, jockey and odds (starting price).
2014Savello8-11-5AJ MartinD Russell16/1
2013Alderwood9-10-11T MullinsAP McCoy3/1F
2012Bellvano8-10-2N HendersonP Carberry20/1
2011Oiseau De Nuit9-10-13C TizzardS Clements40/1
2010Pigeon Island7-10-1N Twiston-DaviesP Brennan16/1
2009Oh Crick6-10-0A KingW Hutchinson7/1
2008Tiger Cry10-10-6A MooreD Russell15/2
2007Andreas7-10-11P NichollsR Thornton12/1
2006Greenhope8-10-11N HendersonA Tinkler20/1
2005Fota Island9-10-0M MorrisP Carberry7/1

Grand Annual Preview and Tips

Since the race was named after his father in 2005, Nicky Henderson has had thirty-four runners in the race and has had two winners at 20/1 and placed horses at 16/1, 10/1, 3/1, 10/1, 10/1, 9/1, 33/1 and 12/1.

A £1ew stake on all Henderson runners in this race since 2005 would have you £19.75 in profit.

This will always be a race that the Henderson stable will focus on and their runners will always require close attention when making your bets but just be aware that Henderson’s keenness to win this race is well documented and there is a chance his horses have become increasingly overbacked.

Grand Annual Tips

OLBG member robbie from cork thinks AP McCoy can leave the Cheltenham Festival on a high by winning the race named after him on NED BUNTLINE:

"This horse was second in this race last year when rated 138 and is fairly lightly raced since. His last and only run this season was over hurdles at Leopardstown so his mark over fences is protected.

It is also worth remembering that this race will be the last race at Cheltenham and AP Mc coy rides. This will be his last ride ever at the festival and media coverage of this could knock the price for six on a horse that looks very much laid out for this.

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