Grand Annual Chase


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


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Grand Annual Chase Trends


10/10had won over at least 2m 1f
10/10carried 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
8/10had run at the Festival before


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 three 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 eight out of the ten 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).
YearHorseAgeTrainerJockeyPrice
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
2004St Pirran9-10-1P NichollsR Walsh4/1F


Grand Annual Preview and Tips


Since the race was named after his father in 2005 Nicky Henderson has had thirty-one 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 £25.75 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 will become increasingly overbacked.

Grand Annual Tips

NED BUNTLINE looks on a very attractive mark for a horse who was placed at Grade Two level over hurdles and who has faced the likes of Jezki, Mozoltov and Ballycasey during his career.

Novices tend to do well in this race and the handicapper appears to have given this one a great chance.

Noel Meade has always had a high impression of this horse and the fitting of the first time hood could well bring about the improvement required to win a race of this nature.

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