Cheltenham 2023

Grand Annual Handicap Chase 2023 Betting Odds Runners & Preview


The Grand Annual is the oldest race at the Festival with the inaugural event taking place in 1834. It’s a trappy little affair for speedy horses held over two miles, one hundred and ten yards with fourteen fences in all to negotiate.

The leading trainer over the last 21 renewals is Paul Nicholls who has saddled four winners.

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Race Details
When:Wednesday 15th March, 4.50pm
Prize:£46,000
Distance:Two miles , + about half a furlong
Race TypeGrade 2 Chase
Age:5-Years+
CourseNew Course
Weights:Handicap
Where to watch?ITV, Racing UK, Bookmaker Streams

Grand Annual Tips

One of the toughest puzzles to solve of the entire meeting, a race often ran at an incredible pace, while almost turns this into a stamina test, despite being over the minimum trip of two miles. Our tipsters will be looking to dissect the field when it is confirmed, and will look at every angle, from the fancied favourites who could be well handicapped to the regulars in this kind of race that turn up in big handicaps year in year out.

When the final field is confirmed, our tipsters will be on hand to guide you through this tough to solve puzzle.

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Grand Annual Betting Odds (January Update)

The betting market for this contest doesn’t really hot up until March, when we get a better idea of the runners who are going to get in at the weights. For now, if you’ve got a long fancy, some bookmakers have odds on a handful of runners, all at double figures or better, but the full market will really develop when we get into March.

What Happened in 2022?

Global Citizen came to the fore and won the 2022 Grand Annual by three lengths in great style. The horse had lost his way over fences, and this was actually his first run over fences for 15 months, but it didn’t stop the Ben Pauling trained runner from coming out on top

Grand Annual Key Race Stats

  • We’ve had just two winning favourites from the last ten renewals
  • Eight of the last 10 winners have been aged between 7 and 9

Previous Winners of the Grand Annual

  • 2022 - Global Citizen
  • 2021 – Sky Pirate
  • 2020 – Chosen Mate
  • 2019 – Croco Bay
  • 2018 – Le Prezien