Grand Annual Chase Tips

The final chase race on Day 4 at the Cheltenham Festival is the historic Grand Annual Chase.

This two-mile handicap chase is the oldest race at the entire meeting, and will be run on Friday 19th March in 2020.

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2021 Grand Annual Chase Odds

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2021 Grand Annual Chase Tips

Once the new jumps racing season has kicked off, we'll cover the Grand Annual Chase in our ante-post tips. 

Grand Annual Chase Key Facts


DateFriday March 19, 2021
Time4:50pm
TrackCheltenham
Distance2m
StatusGrade 3 Handicap
Prize Money£110,000
Age5YO +

Grand Annual History

Not many people realise this, but the Grand Annual is the oldest race at the Cheltenham Festival, having first been staged way back in 1834.

The name of Johnny Henderson, one of the founders of the Racecourse Holdings Trust, was attached to the Grand Annual shortly after his death in 2005.

There were emotional scenes the following season when Greenhope, trained by Johnny's son Nicky Henderson, won the Grand Annual Handicap Chase.

Only two horses have managed to win the Grand Annual twice. Top Twenty managed to defend the title he won in 1958, while Dulwich won the Grand Annual in 1974 and '76.

Graham Bradley is the most successful jockey in the history of the Grand Annual, riding four winners during his career.

Paul Nicholls is the winning-most trainer in this handicap, with the last of his four winner coming in 2018, when Le Prezien powered to victory.

In 2019, 66/1 shot Croco Bay became the joint-oldest horse to win the race at the afe of 12.

Irish horses dominated the 2020 renewal of the Grand Annual, with Gordon Elliott's Chosen Mate coming out on top.

Grand Annual Chase Cheltenham 2021 FAQs

When is the Grand Annual Chase?

The Grand Annual Chase is the sixth race on Day Four of the Cheltenham Festival on Friday, March 19th. It is the penultimate race of the four-day Cheltenham meeting.

What time is the Grand Annual Chase?

The Grand Annual Chase Cheltenham 2021 is due off at 16:50 GMT on Friday, March 19th. The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase is the penultimate race of the Cheltenham Festival and attracts two-mile handicap specialists.

Who will win the Grand Annual Chase?

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