Grand Annual Chase Odds 2023


Nick Scholfield (left) aboard Sky Pirate on their way to winning the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase on day two of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase is a Grade 3 handicap over two miles on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival. It is the oldest race at the meeting having been first run in 1834 and was renamed to honour the father of trainer Nicky Henderson in 2005. He had been instrumental in safe-guarding the future of the racecourse from property developers in the 1960’s.

There have only been two dual winners of the Grand Annual Chase; Top Twenty (1958, 1959) and Dulwich (1974, 1976). Top weight Sky Pirate is a 14-1 chance in the Grand Annual Chase Odds to add his name to that list as he bids to follow up last year’s victory. There have only been two winning favourites in the past twelve seasons and Irish raider Buddy Rich currently heads the market for Gordon Elliott. He won the race in 2020 with the well-backed 7-2 favourite Chosen Mate.

Grand Annual Chase Odds and Entries 2023

The Grand Annual Chase has been one of the toughest handicaps of the week for punters to solve in recent years. Shock winners include Croco Bay (2019) at 66-1, Oiseau De Nuit (2011) and Solar Impulse (2016) at 28-1. Buddy Rich has emerged as the ante-post favourite, a consistent novice chaser and a fair fourth in a handicap chase at Fairyhouse in November.

Ciel De Neige is another popular novice to figure prominently in the Grand Annual Chase betting odds. He still holds an entry in the Arkle Trophy after completing a hat-trick in heavy ground at Punchestown last month. He is the only entry left in the race by Willie Mullins. Joseph O’Brien could run A Wave Of The Sea and Embittered. The latter started favourite for this race 12 months’ ago but fell when still going strongly at the ninth fence.

The British have quite a good record in this event and their leading prospects include Brave Seasca and Editeur Du Gite. Brave Seasca won three races in a row before finishing third behind Edwardstone in the Kingmaker Novices’ Chase at Warwick. Editeur Du Gite has won his last two races here for the in-form Gary Moore stable. He has been raised 6lbs for his latest success but Moore rates him highly enough to enter him for the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

This race has great sentimental value for Nicky Henderson and he has won it twice in the past. His only entry this year is Pistol Whipped who was pulled up at Ascot in November. Paul Nicholls is the leading trainer in the history of the race with four winners. He has entered Doncaster winner Thyme White and Il Ridoto, currently priced at 16-1 and 20-1 respectively in the Grand Annual Chase odds 2023.

Latest Grand Annual Chase odds *

*Best prices correct at time of writing

Buddy Rich 7-1

Brave Seasca 8-1

Ciel De Neige 8-1

Amarillo Sky 10-1

Coeur Sublime 10-1

Andy Dufresne 14-1

Embittered 14-1

Frero Banbou 14-1

Sky Pirate 14-1

Before Midnight 16-1

Editeur Du Gite 16-1

Elixir De Nutz 16-1

Thyme White 16-1

A Wave Of The Sea 20-1

Il Ridoto 20-1

Pistol Whipped 20-1

Red Rookie 20-1

Shakem Uparry 20-1

Stepney Causeway 20-1

Dancing On My Own 25-1

Éclair D’Ainay 25-1

Exit Poll 25-1

Hasankey 25-1

Poseidon 25-1

Grand Annual Chase News

Gordon Elliott recently confirmed that the Grand Annual was the plan for Buddy Rich who will race off a 6lbs higher mark than in Ireland. The gelding has been given a break since finishing behind Dunvegan at Fairyhouse in November and seems to have run his best races on good ground.

Willie Mullins has yet to confirm Cheltenham plans for Ciel De Neige who was slashed from 33-1 to 10-1 for the Arkle after his most recent success. The Arkle looks a particularly hot race this year and Mullins is already well-represented so it is no surprise to see Ciel De Neige prominent in the Grand Annual Chase odds. He was formerly a very useful hurdler, finishing runner-up in the 2020 Betfair Hurdle at Newbury.

Sam Thomas is enjoying a terrific season, highlighted by the Welsh Grand National victory of Iwilldoit. This is the only entry for his Before Midnight who jumped like a buck when beating Sky Pirate by six lengths here In October. He has gone up 12lbs in the handicap since then so may struggle to confirm the form with last year’s winner.

Coeur Sublime is another horse to catch the eye for Henry de Bromhead. He has been given a rating of 151 after finishing third in a Grade 1 Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Boxing Day.