Grand Annual Chase Betting Tips
Recommended bet4:50 pm Wednesday March 16
Our betting experts take a look at Grand Annual Chase betting tips coming up on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival 2023.
In this preview, our top tipsters examine the history and look at some potential contenders for the honours in this year’s renewal.
The list of runners for the Grand Annual Chase odds is not yet released, but as the Cheltenham Festival, 2023 draws ever nearer, our betting tips will be uploaded here.
Last year’s winner of the Grand annual saw a GB get across the line first in this contest, as Sky Pirate claimed the win for trainer Jonjo O’Neill.
Who will be crowned the next winner of Cheltenham’s Grand Annual Chase?
(Tips to follow)
Grand Annual Chase Tips – Overlooked Outsiders
Looking back at the last decade of Grand Annual odds, there have been some large-priced winners who have come home.
For this year’s betting tips for the Grade 3 contest, our tipsters also consider some overlooked outsiders who could take the glory.
Last year’s winner Sky Pirate landed the win from a 14/1 SP, but back in 2019, there was a much bigger success story in the fixture.
Veteran 12-year-old Croco Bay rolled back the years to get the victory from 66/1. Half of the last ten winners of this race have gotten their nose in front to score by at least 16/1 odds.
Keep an eye out for our outsider recommendations in our Grand Annual Chase betting tips.
A look at this year’s underdogs will be available closer to the race.
Grand Annual Runners – Wednesday 16th March 4.50
Recommended bet4:50 pm Wednesday March 16
|1||Sky Pirate||T: Jonjo O’Neill
J: Nick Schofield
|2||Andy Dufresne||T: Gordon Elliott
J: Mark Walsh
|3||Editeur Du Gite||T: Josh Moore
J: Gary Moore
|4||A Wave Of The Sea||T: Joseph O’Brien
J: Shane Fitzgerald (5)
|5||Exit Poll||T: Sean O’Keeffe
J: Jessica Harrington
|6||Before Midnight||T: Sam Thomas
J: Sam Twiston-Davies
|7||Embittered||T: Joseph O’Brien
J: Bryan Cooper
|8||Buddy Rich||T: Gordon Elliott
J: Davy Russell
|9||Elixir De Nutz||T: Colin Tizzard
J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr
|10||Amarillo Sky||T: Colin Tizzard
J: Brendan Powell
|11||Dancing On My Own||T: Henry De Bromhead
J: Darragh O’Keeffe
|12||Il Ridoto||T: Paul Nicholls
J: Harry Cobden
|13||Thyme White||T: Paul Nicholls
J: Bryony Frost
|14||Frero Banbou||T: Venetia Williams
J: Charlie Deutsch
|15||Poseidon||T: Charles Byrnes
J: Danny Mullins
|16||Gumball||T: Fergal O’Brien
J: Paddy Brenna
|17||Capuccimix||T: Henry De Bromhead
J: Jordan Gainford (3)
|18||For Pleasure||T: Alex Hales
J: Harry Bannister
|19||Hasankey||T: Laura Morgan
J: Lewis Dobb (7)
|20||Global Citizen||T: Ben Pauling
J: Kielan Woods
Grand Annual Odds 2023
Recommended bet4:50 pm Wednesday March 16
|Editeur Du Gite
|Dancing On My Own
T:Henry De Bromhead
|Elixir De Nutz
|J:Jonjo O’Neill Jr
The final declarations will put a firm stamp on the Grand Annual betting scene for this year’s renewal.
But there is an ante-post market to help guide things based on early entries, and it can lead to a look at form and statistics to help narrow the field a little.
Brave Seasca has been one of the notable early contenders in the Grand Annual odds for the ante-post market.
This season, Venetia Williams’s 7-year-old has been thriving over the fences, completing a hattrick at Warwick in mid-January to get on the radar.
Eldorado Allen put on a bold show at last year’s Festival, finding only Shishkin too good in the Arkle. Last year’s Haldon Gold Cup winner may make an appearance in this.
Amarillo Sky, Gentleman De Mee and Dunvegan are a few others showing early in the racing odds. The latter has been on the up this season in chasing with potentially further progress to come.
How to pick a Grand Annual Chase Winner
Looking back through statistics and trends will help a punter pick out a Grand Annual Chase winner.
This is an exciting handicap chase as it is one of the races from the Festival that usually offers larger odds, even where the favourites are concerned.
It’s an unpredictable and demanding challenge, and there have only been two favourites to get a win in the last ten renewals of this Grade 3 fixture. There have been only 3 in the previous 20 editions.
Last 10 Grand Annual Winners Odds
- 2021 Sky Pirate 14/1
- 2020 Chosen Mate 7/2F
- 2019 Croco Bay 66/1
- 2018 Le Parisien 15/2
- 2017 Rock The World 10/1
- 2016 Solar Impulse 28/1
- 2015 Next Sensation 16/1
- 2014 Savello 16/1
- 2013 Alderwood 3/1F
- 2012 Bellvano 20/1
There has been a slight trend going towards GB runners in this contest, with 13 of the last 20 renewals of the Grand National going to a home horse, with seven winners from Ireland. However, the caveat here is that only one of the last 10 winners has been from GB.
To touch on some more trends, the last 20 winners had between 3 and 8 career wins and had at least one and no more than seven runs for the season.
Each of them had never before been placed at odds bigger than 25/1, and all but one had never been beyond 2m 6f.
See what our tipsters recommend for Grand Annual betting as we get closer to the start of this year’s Cheltenham Festival.
All About The Grand Annual Chase: Past and Present
This is a race steeped in fantastic history because it is the oldest race at the Cheltenham Festival, having had its inaugural edition in 1834.
The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase is officially a Grade 3 race around the Old Course at Prestbury Park. Some of its earlier editions were hosted at different venues before it arrived back at Cheltenham in 1913.
The distance is 2m (thereabouts), and the contenders face 14 fences on the trip.
The Grand Annual does see a slight change for the 2023 edition. It has been moved to the penultimate slot on Day 2, usually having been the very last run of the entire Festival.
It is a tough race, and only two horses have previously managed to win it twice, and they were Top Twenty (1958, 1959) and Dulwich (1974, 1976).
The leading jockey in the Grand Annual is Graham Bradley, who won it four times, while Paul Nicholls has the honours of being the top trainer since 1946 with four successes, two of those in the last six renewals.
How Do Horses Qualify For the Grand Annual Chase Race?
The Grand Annual is open to runners 5-year-old and above, which is a handicap, so that’s how the weights are handled. The fixture is for male and female runners, but only four female horses have entered the last 20 editions.
Since 2019, the number of horses in the Grand Annual has been reduced to 20 from the previous 24.
What is the Grand Annual Prize Money in 2023?
There was a top prize of £46,422.75 for last year’s winner, Sky Pirate. The rest of the payouts from the 2021 renewal were 2nd £17,490, 3rd £8,753.25, 4th £4,372.50, 5th £2,194.50, 6th £1,097.25, 7th £544.50, 8th £280.50. The purse for the 2023 edition is yet to be announced.
Grand Annual Past Winners
Given that only two horses, Top Twenty and Dulwich, have won this race more than once since the mid-’40s, they have to go on the list of notable previous winners.
One of the more recent victors is Solar Impulse, who defied a big age trend to win it as a 6-year-old in 2015. And 2019’s veteran winner Croco Bay.
|2021||Sky Pirate||14/1||Nick Scholfield||Jonjo O’Neill|
|2020||Chosen Mate||7/2F||Davy Russell||Gordon Elliott|
|2019||Croco Bay||66/1||Kielan Woods||Ben Case|
|2018||Le Prezien||15/2||Barry Geraghty||Paul Nicholls|
|2017||Rock The World||10/1||Robbie Power||Mrs John Harrington|
|2016||Solar Impulse||28/1||Sam Twiston-Davies||Paul Nicholls|
|2015||Next Sensation||16/1||Tom Scudamore||Michael Scudamore|
|2014||Savello||16/1||Davy Russell||A J Martin|
|2013||Alderwood||3/1F||A P McCoy||Thomas Mullins|
|2012||Bellvano||20/1||Paul Carberry||Nicky Henderson|
|2011||Oiseau De Nuit||40/1||Mr S Clements||Colin Tizzard|
|2010||Pigeon Island||16/1||Paddy Brennan||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
Other Races on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival
The Grand Annual is the penultimate fixture of Day 2 at Cheltenham 2023. Here are the races for Wednesday at the Festival:
13:30 The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race (Grade 1)
14:10 The Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)
14:50 The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Grade 3)
15:30 The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeplechase (Grade 1)
17:30 The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race) (Grade 1)