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 in the race is Paul Nicholls, who has saddled four winners, the most recent being Le Prezien in 2018.
Read on to see our Grand Annual Handicap Chase betting tips, odds, and offers.
|Wednesday, March 13th, - 4:50pm
|Two miles & about half a furlong
|Grade 2 Chase
|Where to watch?
|ITV Racing, Racing TV, Bookmaker Streams
Grand Annual Chase Betting Offers & Free Bets
Grand Annual Chase Tips
One of the toughest puzzles to solve in the entire meeting, a race often ran at an incredible pace, which almost turns this into a stamina test, despite being over the minimum trip of two miles.
Grand Annual Chase Betting Odds
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What Happened Last Year?
In a thrilling finish, it was the Henry de Bromhead-trained Maskada who won the 2023 Grand Annual Chase.
Ridden by Darragh O’Keefe, Maskada took the lead over the final fence and powered up the Cheltenham hill at odds of 22/1, with the 7/2 favourite Dino Blue taking 2nd place.
Grand Annual Chase Key Race Stats
Below, we’ve highlighted some key stats to keep in mind when looking at the Grand Annual Chase.
- We’ve had just two winning favourites from the last 11 renewals
- Eight of the last 11 winners have been aged between 7 and 9
- Nine of the last 12 winners had at least one previous run at Cheltenham
Previous Winners of the Grand Annual
Check out the last five winners of the Grand Annual Chase in the table below.
When is the Grand Annual Chase?
The Grand Annual Chase takes place on Wednesday, March 13th, at 4:50pm.
What distance is the Grand Annual Chase?
The Grand Annual Chase is run over a distance of two miles and about half a furlong.
Which trainer has the best record in the Grand Annual Chase?
Paul Nicholls has trained the winner of the Grand Annual Chase on four occasions with St Pirran in 2004, Andreas in 2007, Solar Impulse in 2016, and Le Prezien in 2018.
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