Grand Annual Chase Odds

The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase, or the Grand Annual for short, is a premier handicap steeplechase that takes place on the second day. Its current place as the penultimate race on the second day means it may no longer be the most popular of the Cheltenham Festival races, but it still attracts plenty of punters looking to place a bet. You can find an extensive list of Grand Annual odds and betting markets here at BetUK, as part of our comprehensive Cheltenham betting offering.

About The Grand Annual

The Grand Annual has a slightly confusing history, with its origins dating back to 1834 when it was run at Andoversford. This means it actually predates the Cheltenham Festival itself by a number of years, although it didn’t become a permanent fixture at Cheltenham until 1913, prior to which it has been staged at a host of other venues. The name of former racehorse owner Johnny Henderson was added to the title in 2005.

In 2009, the Grand Annual became the final race of the festival, and then in 2019, it shifted to the penultimate slot. More recently, in 2021 it was moved to the second day in its current position, thereby moving from the New Course to the Old Course. Its distance of 1 mile, 7 furlongs and 199 yards remains unchanged, and 14 fences need to be navigated as the competitors make their way around the track.

The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual is currently open to horses aged five years or older, and while gender isn’t a factor, very few mares have competed in the race. The number of competitors also now sits at 20 for each renewal, down from the 24 seen prior to 2019.

Grand Annual Betting Tips

As part of our wide-ranging BetUK Cheltenham Festival portfolio, we offer Grand Annual betting tips ahead of the race. We also offer tips for every race at the festival, using data, trends, and statistics to predict the horses most likely to win and place in the likes of the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual.

Cheltenham Grand Annual Chase Odds 2024

Our Grand Annual odds offer some of the best available on the market, which means you will have access to an impressive variety of betting options on this race. Take a look at the latest prices, and decide whether you want to back your chosen horse with an each-way or outright winner bet on this Cheltenham Festival event.

With the likes of Dinoblue, Andy Dufresne, Final Orders, Dads Lad, and Magic Daze slated to run in this race, will you back your head, heart, or hunch for the 2024 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase?

Grand Annual Winners

The Grand Annual trends highlight how unpredictable this race is, which can make it a great option for punters that are looking to turn a profit. Generally, even the favourites have fairly good odds, and when you consider that the favourite hasn’t won the race very often, there’s the potential for big upsets here. Global Citizen was the most recent Grand Annual winner, and you can see the others from the past 10 years below.

Recent Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Winners

  • 2023 - Maskada
  • 2022 - Global Citizen
  • 2021 - Sky Pirate
  • 2020 - Chosen Mate
  • 2019 - Croco Bay
  • 2018 - Le Parisien
  • 2017 - Rock The World
  • 2016 - Solar Impulse
  • 2015 - Next Sensation
  • 2014 - Savello
  • 2013 - Alderwood

Grand Annual Leading Jockeys

Some huge names in the world of horse racing have ridden winners in the Grand Annual in the past, including the likes of Richard Dunwoody, Peter Scudamore, AP McCoy, Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty, and Davy Russell. However, the most successful of all time and leading jockey in this race is Graham Bradley, who has ridden four winners in 1986, 1992, 1995, and 1997 (Pearlyman, My Young Man, Sound Reveille, and Uncle Ernie respectively).

Recent Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Winning Jockeys

  • 2023 - Darragh O'Keeffe
  • 2022 - Kielan Woods
  • 2021 - Nick Scholfield
  • 2020 - Davy Russell
  • 2019 - Kielan Woods
  • 2018 - Barry Geraghty
  • 2017 - Robbie Power
  • 2016 - Sam Twiston-Davies
  • 2015 - Tom Scudamore
  • 2014 - Davy Russell
  • 2013 - AP McCoy

Grand Annual Top Trainers

Unlike most races at Cheltenham, which have a recent history in which two or three trainers have generally dominated, the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual has some of the most diverse results on that front. No trainer has won two in a row since Fred Winter in 1980 and 1981. In fact, the past 10 winners have been trained by nine different people. That said, the leading trainer is Paul Nicholls, with wins in 2004, 2007, 2016, and 2018 (St Pirran, Andreas, Solar Impulse, and Le Prezien respectively).

Recent Grand Annual Winning Trainers

  • 2023 - Henry de Bromhead
  • 2022 - Ben Pauling
  • 2021 - Jonjo O’Neill
  • 2020 - Gordon Elliott
  • 2019 - Ben Case
  • 2018 - Paul Nicholls
  • 2017 - Jessica Harrington
  • 2016 - Paul Nicholls
  • 2015 - Michael Scudamore Jr
  • 2014 - Tony Martin
  • 2013 - Thomas Mullins

Grand Annual Odds and Betting FAQs

Let’s take a look at some of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to the Cheltenham Festival Grand Annual Chase odds, history, and the 2024 race.

When is the Grand Annual?

The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual takes place on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival, which in 2024 is scheduled for 16:50 on Wednesday, March 13th.

Who is the Favourite to Win the 2024 Grand Annual?

For the ante post odds ahead of this race, My Mate Mozzie is the current favourite, sitting at 8/1 alongside Saint Roi. We'll have a better knowledge of the card closer to the race but with the likes of Fil Dor, Editeur Du Gite and Nube Negra in the betting odds as it stands, it could be a very competitive race when the horses narrow down.

Where Can I Find Grand Annual Betting Odds For 2024?

Look no further than the BetUK sportsbook for the latest Grand Annual odds. We offer tips and odds for every race of the Cheltenham Festival as part of our extensive package.

What Are the Grand Annual Trends?

Generally, British-trained horses have a slight edge in this race based on recent trends. However, it was a French horse that took the victory last year. Meanwhile none of the 21 most-recent previous winners has had more than eight career wins prior to coming out on top in the Cheltenham Festival Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase.

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