A handicap chase over 2m 110 yards which was moved to become the last race of the Festival from 2010.
Grand Annual Chase 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).
|2017||Rock The World||9-11-5||J Harrington||R Power||10/1|
|2016||Solar Impulse||6-11-0||P Nicholls||S Twiston Davies||12/1|
|2015||Next Sensation||8-11-2||M Scudamore||T Scudamore||16/1|
|2014||Savello||8-11-5||AJ Martin||D Russell||16/1|
|2013||Alderwood||9-10-11||T Mullins||AP McCoy||3/1F|
|2012||Bellvano||8-10-2||N Henderson||P Carberry||20/1|
|2011||Oiseau De Nuit||9-10-13||C Tizzard||S Clements||40/1|
|2010||Pigeon Island||7-10-1||N Twiston-Davies||P Brennan||16/1|
|2009||Oh Crick||6-10-0||A King||W Hutchinson||7/1|
|2008||Tiger Cry||10-10-6||A Moore||D Russell||15/2|
Grand Annual Chase Trends
|16 / 16||Had previous run over a maximum of 22f (2m6f)|
|16 / 16||Were foaled between March & July|
|16 / 16||Had recorded 3-8 career wins|
|16 / 16||Had made 1-7 starts that season|
|15 / 16||Had previously made 4-12 starts over fences|
|15 / 16||Had previously ran in at least a Grade 2|
|15 / 16||Ran over between 15.5f & 17.5f last time out|
|15 / 16||Were aged no older than 9yo|
|15 / 16||Did not have a claimer in the saddle (1-57 those who did)|
Grand Annual Chase Trends Analysis
Similarly to most of the other handicaps at the Festival, we would be looking for a low weighted runner towards the head of the market.
Worth noting though that the last four winners have carried 11-00 or more compared to the previous fourteen winners who carried 10-13 or less.
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. However, as the class of the field increases this may make it harder for novices.
As stated often on this site, previous Festival form is a big plus point with nine of the last eleven winners having run at the Festival before at least once.
Grand Annual Chase Trainer Statistics
Below is a table of how some of the other top trainers have fared in the last ten years:
|Trainer||Runners||Wins||Places (Inc Wins)||Win LSP||Each Way LSP|
|A L T Moore||5||1||3||3.50||3.50|
|Mrs John Harrington||3||1||2||8.00||5.31|
|A J Martin||2||1||1||15.00||9.00|
Since the race was named after his father in 2005, Nicky Henderson
has had two winners at 20/1 and placed horses at 9/1, 16/1, 10/1, 3/1, 10/1, 10/1, 9/1, 33/1 and 12/1.
This will always be a race that the Henderson stable will focus on
and their runners will continue to require close attention when making your bets but just be aware that Henderson's desire to win this race is well documented and there is a chance his horses have become increasingly overbet.
has won this race three times with St Pirran (2004), Andreas (2007) and Solar Impulse (2016).
The Grand Annual does not seem to be high on Willie Mullins
Cheltenham hit list. Mullins has had just four runners in the race in the last twenty years and has yet to finish closer than fifth.
Grand Annual Chase Tips from The OLBG Forum
We will be adding a tip for this race from the OLBG Forum when we get nearer to the Cheltenham Festival.
See the latest news on the Grand Annual Chase here via the OLBG forum.