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Grand Annual Chase TipsWhen is the Grand Annual Chase 2021?

Cheltenham Wednesday 17th March 4.50pm

Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (5yo+)

Distance: 2 miles

Weights:  Handicap

This race has been moved to the Wednesday of Cheltenham Festival in 2021.  The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase is a grade three race and is open to horses aged five years old and older. It is run on the new course at Cheltenham over a distance of about two miles and 110 yards and during this running there are 14 fences to be jumped.

This is the oldest race of the Cheltenham Festival and it is also the oldest chase in the National Hunt calendar, first run in 1834.  As always, previous form over these fences is a big plus.


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Grand Annual Chase Records

Fastest Win: Samakaan 2000 ridden by N Williamson trained by Venetia Williams finished in 232.4 s – 3 minutes 52.4 seconds

Most successful horse since 1946 (2 wins):

Top Twenty – 1958, 1959
Dulwich – 1974, 1976

Leading jockey since 1946 (4 wins):

Graham Bradley – Pearlyman (1986), My Young Man (1992), Sound Reveille (1995), Uncle Ernie (1997)

Leading trainer since 1946 (4 wins):

Paul Nicholls – St Pirran (2004), Andreas (2007), Solar Impulse (2016), Le Prezien (2018)

Grand Annual Chase Trends and Statistics

Keith is currently working through the previous running of the Grand Annual Chase to spot the trends from the statistics, come back soon to see his findings

Who are the Grand Annual Chase Leading Contenders?

Keith is currently working through the Cheltenham hopefuls and will update this section as soon as he has made his shortlist of contenders

What’s Keith’s Grand Annual Chase Tips for 2021?

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What was Keith’s Grand Annual Chase Tip for 2019?

For the 2020 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase, Free Racing Tips Tipster Keith advised:

Trainer Paul Nicholls has a great record in this race, winning it four times since 2004. This year he saddles BRELAN D’AS. 

Owned by JP McManus, BRELAN  D’AS has a love/hate relationship with Cheltenham.  

There have been great days, such as when he finished third in this race last year, and his fine second in the BetVictor Gold Cup in  November.  

There have also been the disasters, unseating his regular rider Barry Geraghtry in the Randox Health Handicap Chase, and when he was fancied for the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup in  December

 On raceday Keith advised CAPELAND who made a catalog of mistakes in the Grand Annual and finished tailed off.

Grand Annual Chase Results

Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
Distance: 2m½f (3582 yards) Prize (winner): £61897 Direction: Left Handed
Runners: 18    Going: Good To Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 3    Age Restrictions: 5yo+
Winners Time: 4 mins 7.90s   Avg OR: 148     Median OR: 147.5 

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)Odds
101stChosen Mate (IRE)7147Elliott, GordonRussell, D N7/2 (Fav)
held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, led going well after 2 out, mistake last, stayed on, ridden out BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 5.6
82nd1.75Eclair De Beaufeu (FR)6149Elliott, GordonOKeeffe, Sean F (5)13/2
mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, went 2nd last, stayed on, not trouble winner BF IP MIN 5 BF IP MAX 1000
93rd3.5Us And Them (IRE)7148OBrien, Joseph PatrickSlevin, J J10/1
in touch in mid-division, mistake 1st, closed 5th, lost place 4 out, rallied 2 out, went 3rd from last, stayed on BF IP MIN 4.9 BF IP MAX 1000
74thNKGreaneteen (FR)6150Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry5/1
raced keenly, in touch in mid-division, effort 4 out, mistake 2 out, stayed on flat BF IP MIN 5 BF IP MAX 1000
195th2.75Theinval (FR)10141Henderson, N JMcGrath, Jeremiah50/1
held up in rear, mistake 3 out, headway last, stayed on flat, never nearer BF IP MIN 40 BF IP MAX 1000
116th0.5Ballywood (FR)6146King, ABellamy, Tom28/1
held up in mid-division, headway after 3 out, driven from 2 out, kept on flat BF IP MIN 13 BF IP MAX 1000
167th1.25Lisp (IRE)6144King, ACannon, Tom J7/1
held up in mid-division, outpaced after 3 out, kept on flat but no impression BF IP MIN 7.2 BF IP MAX 1000
208th2.75The Bay Birch (IRE)9140Sheppard, MSheppard, Stan50/1
held up towards rear, headway after 8th, weakened before last BF IP MIN 65 BF IP MAX 1000
159thNSECroco Bay (IRE)13144Case, B IWoods, K K25/1
prominent, pecked 3 out, soon outpaced, no impression after BF IP MIN 44 BF IP MAX 1000
1710thNKJan Maat (GER)7142Bromhead, Henry DeBlackmore, Rachael12/1
chased leaders, led when stumbled 2 out, soon headed, weakened final 150 yards BF IP MIN 4 BF IP MAX 1000
1411th0.5Two Taffs (IRE)10144Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry14/1
chased leaders, driven before 2 out, weakened before last BF IP MIN 9 BF IP MAX 1000
412th0.75Paloma Blue (IRE)8152Bromhead, Henry DeColeman, A17/2
mid-division, headway approaching 4 out, ridden before 2 out, weakening when mistake last BF IP MIN 6 BF IP MAX 1000
213th0.5Marracudja (FR)9154Skelton, DanielAndrews, Bridget50/1
prominent, led 10th, hit 3 out, headed next, slow and beaten last, weakened flat BF IP MIN 15.5 BF IP MAX 1000
314th17Capeland (FR)8153Nicholls, P FFrost, Bryony25/1
mistakes, always behind BF IP MIN 32 BF IP MAX 1000
1315th5Winter Escape (IRE)9144Haslam, B M RWalsh, M P33/1
always in rear BF IP MIN 60 BF IP MAX 1000
1PUGreat Field (FR)9155ONeill, JonjoMcGarvey, J S33/1
held up in rear, mistake 2nd, headway 4 out, hampered after 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out BF IP MIN 20 BF IP MAX 1000
5PUMcgroarty (IRE)9152Newland, Dr R D PTwiston-Davies, Sam50/1
prominent, lost place 4th, well behind 9th, pulled up before 4 out BF IP MIN 100 BF IP MAX 1000
6PUGino Trail (IRE)13151OBrien, FergalMoore, Jamie20/1
led, not fluent 6th (water) or 7th, headed 10th, weakened after 3 out, eased and pulled up before 2 out BF IP MIN 21 BF IP MAX 1000

Non Runners  Adrrastos (IRE), Caid Du Lin (FR)

Grand Annual Chase Previous Winners
DateGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOdds
Good To Soft1877/2
Good To Soft191266/1
Good To Soft1867/1
Good To Soft171015/2
Good To Soft23712/1
Good To Firm1679/2
Good To Soft1587/2


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Cheltenham Festival Wednesday

Race Schedule

13:30The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Race2m abt 5fHurdle
14:10The Festival Novices’ Chase (RSA Chase) (Grade 1)3m abt ½ fChase
14:50The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Grade 3)2m abt 5fHurdle
15:30The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1)
(feature race)
Abt 2mChase
16:10The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase3m 6fChase
16:50The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Grade 3)2m abt ½fChase
17.30The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race) (Grade 1)2m abt ½fBumper

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