2021 Grand Annual Handicap Chase Tips

The penultimate race on day two of the Cheltenham Festival is the Grand Annual. This two-mile handicap is the most historic race at the entire Cheltenham Festival, having first been run back in 1834, and is named in honour of the great Johnny Henderson, former owner and father of top trainer, Nicky Henderson.

The Grand Annual was moved from day four to day two in 2021, to allow the new Mares' Chase to be run on Gold Cup day.

2021 Grand Annual Handicap Chase Key Facts

DateWednesday 17th March, 2021
Time 4:50pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Grade Three Handicap
Distance 2m
Prize Pool £110k
Age 5YO+

2021 Grand Annual Chase Odds


Name
Odds
Sky Pirate6/1
Entoucas7/1
Embittered8/1
Zanza11/1
A Wave Of The Sea12/1
Eldorado Allen12/1
Ibleo12/1
Tamaroc Du Mathan12/1
Bar14/1

*Odds taken from Betfair on 5/3/21*

2021 Grand Annual Chase Tips

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2021 Grand Annual Chase Runners

Sky Pirate has topped the Grand Annual betting most of the season, and he looks more likely to run here instead of the Arkle or the Marsh. 

Joseph O'Brien's duo of Entoucas and A Wave Of The Sea sit just behind Sky Pirate in the betting, with Tamaroc Du Mathan, Glen Forsa and Ibleo also in the mix.

Last year's first and second, Chosen Mate and Eclair De Beaufeu have both been handed Grand Annual entries. As have Moonlighter, Pont Aven, The Shunter and Duc Des Genievres. 

2020 Grand Annual Result

Position
Name
SP
1st Chosen Mate 7/2f
2nd Éclair De Beaufeu 13/2
3rd Us And Them 10/1
4th Greaneteen 5/1
5th Theinval 50/1

Grand Annual Handicap Chase Day Card

Time
Title
Status
Distance
1:30pm Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Grade One 2m 5f
2:10pm RSA Novices' Chase Grade One 3m
2:50pm Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle Grade Three Handicap 2m 5f
3:30pm Queen Mother Champion Chase Grade One 2m
4:10pm Cross Country Chase Class Two Handicap 3m 6f
4:50pm Grand Annual Handicap Chase Grade Three Handicap 2m
5:30pm Champion Bumper Grade One 2m

Grand Annual History

The Grand Annual Handicap Chase is the oldest race at the Cheltenham Festival. It's also the oldest race currently still being run in National Hunt racing.

The Grand Annual was first held in 1834. It was first run at Cheltenham in 1913 and soon became an essential part of the Cheltenham Festival.

The name of Johnny Henderson was attached to the Grand Annual after his death in 2005. Johnny Henderson was a famous banker and racehorse owner. His son, Nicky Henderson saddled the winner of the Grand Annual the following season, with Greenhope handing the Henderson family an emotional victory.

Only two horses have managed to win the Grand Annual more than once. The first to achieve the double was Top Twenty, who won back-to-back renewals in 1958 and '59.

Dulwich also won the race for two Festivals in a row. His victories in 1974 and '76 were interrupted, though, as the 1975 renewal of the Grand Annual was abandoned due to a waterlogged track.

Graham Bradley guided Pearlyman to victory in the Grand Annual in 1986. Pearlyman would go on to score two victories in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Bradley went on to ride the winner on three other occasions and remains the most successful rider in Grand Annual history.

AP McCoy managed three winners of the Grand Annual. McCoy rode Edredon Bleu to victory for Henrietta Knight in 1998. Edredon Blue went on to win the Champion Chase in 2000, and the King George three years later.

Paul Nicholls is the winning-most trainer, with the last of his four victories coming with Le Prezien in 2018.

In 2019, Croco Bay became just the second 12-year-old to win the Grand Annual when he scored under Kielan Woods.

Gordon Elliott won the Grand Annual for the first time in 2020, as Davy Russell guided the well-backed Chosen Mate to victory.

Grand Annual Winners

Year
Winner
2020 Chosen Mate
2019 Croco Bay
2018 Le Prezien
2017 Rock The World
2016 Solar Impulse
2015 Next Sensation
2014 Savello
2013 Alderwood
2012 Bellvano
2011 Oiseau de Nuit
2010 Pigeon Island
2009 Oh Crick
2008 Tiger Cry
2007 Andreas
2006 Greenhope
2005 Fota Island
2004 St Pirran
2003 Palarshan
2002 Fadoudal du Cochet

Grand Annual FAQs?

When is the Grand Annual?

The 2021 Grand Annual will take place at 4:50pm on day four of the Cheltenham Festival on Friday 19th March.

What is the Grand Annual?

The Grand Annual is a handicap chase run at the Cheltenham Festival. This is a Grade Three race open to all chasers, and is run over a trip of two miles.

What is the oldest race at the Cheltenham Festival?

The Grand Annual Handicap Chase is the oldest race at the Cheltenham Festival. First held in 1813, the Grand Annual is also the oldest race currently still being run in National Hunt racing.

Who won the Grand Annual?

Gordon Elliott won the Grand Annual for the first time in 2020, as Davy Russell guided the well-backed Chosen Mate to victory.

Where can I watch the Grand Annual?

The 2021 Grand Annual Handicap Chase will be shown live on ITV Racing. If you want to stream the race live on your mobile or tablet then visit our Live Streaming page for more details.