Grand Annual Chase Betting Tips, Predictions, Preview & Free Bets (Cheltenham 2020 - DAY 4)

  • Written by Simon Bettarini
The Grand Annual Chase is the final race of the four day Cheltenham Festival and is the also the oldest race to be run during the four days. It is a class B grade 3 handicap chase run over two miles and 110 yards, open to 5 year old and older chasers. In 2019 the honours went to 66/1 long shot Croco Bay, the biggest-priced winner at last year’s festival. Find below our Cheltenham 2020 Grand Annual Chase race preview, with odds, tips, predictions, trends, free bets and betting promotions.

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The Grand Annual Chase (also known as the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase) concludes the DAY 4 and the Cheltenham Festival. It's a Grade 3 National Hunt chase, run over two miles and half-a-furlong, for horses aged five years and upwards, with a prize pure of £110,000. It is the shortest distance handicap chase run at the Festival, featuring 14 fences to be jumped.

A thrilling finale, with a huge field of two mile handicappers whizzing round. The betting is usually very competitive as it generally involves a lot of casual punters.

And now we'll take a closer look at this year's Grand Annual Chase and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

GREANETEEN has been faultless in his three starts, winning with ease for champion trainer Paul Nicholls.  He won a Class 3 race on his chasing debut and then followed up at Musselburgh with an easy victory. Last time out he bolted up at Fakenham

LISP is an unexposed six-year-old who has recorded good results at the Festival for the last two years. He has made a good start to his chasing career and wasn't beaten far behind Graded performers Mister Fisher and Al Dancer last time out.

CHOSEN MATE finished behind the likes of Melon and Annamix on his first two starts but got off the mark over fences on very soft ground at Gowran and can boast some smart pattern race over hurdles as a novice.

ECLAIR DE BEAUFEU made his chasing debut in a Grade 3 contest in December at Navan. He was third to Tornado Flyer that day. Then Gordon Elliott's charge won a valuable handicap at Leopardstown off a mark of 140 last time. As a result, the novice has been given 8lb more in the weights.

PALOMA BLUE was 6th in the Arkle last season and has been knocking on the door all season. His best effort was probably running third to Riders On the Storm at Ascot.

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THEINVAL has been placed in the Grand Annual Chase twice but he has been badly out of form on soft ground so far this season.

WHATSWRONGWITHYOU is seven-year-old with 7 chases under his belt. He is ideal for a Cheltenham handicap race on paper as shown when he finished 7th in this event only last year. He has gone down 6lbs in the handicap.

MARRACUDJA finished 3rd behind Defi Du Seuil in the Clarence House Chase and was then promptly out up 11lbs in the weights. He has not run since then.

CAPELAND has reached a new level this season and could be an interesting option at big odds. He finished well beaten at 25/1 when last of 5 on his latest outing in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot over 2m 1f in January. Anyway, those opponents were top level, much stronger than the horses he will find in this race. 

TWO TAFFS is a strong traveller who had 2 years off but proved he retains all of his ability when runner-up at Warwick 5 weeks ago, when beaten 4 1/2 lenghts by Clondaw Castle. He is lurking on a handy mark.

GINO TRAIL finished second in the 2018 Grand Annual off 152 and is now 5lb lower. He has not run since October.

US AND THEM was runner-up in last year's Arkle and should not be ruled out. This season he ran well when third in Grade 2 at Gowran on comeback in October but disappointed next 3 starts.

JAN MAAT won a Group 3 Novice Chase at Punchestown over on his latest outing in October last year, beating Cool Colonnade by 8 lenghts.
He has not raced since but might have been saved for this.

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  • Just 1 of the last 12 winners have been favourites
  • 11 of the last 12 winners had at least 1 previous run at Cheltenham
  • Only 1 of the last 12 winners won on their last run before Cheltenham
  • 5 of the last 5 winners had not won any race in the past 12 months
  • 9 of the last 10 winners were aged between 6-9
  • 14 of the last 16 winners carries less than eleven stone
  • Novices have won 13 of the last 34 runnings


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What time is the Grand Annual Chase?

The Grand Annual Chase is the sixth race run on Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Friday March 13, 2020 and the official starting time is 4:50pm.

How many obstacles are jumped in the Grand Annual Chase?

There are 14 obstacles to jump for the Grand Annual Chase runners

What is the distance of the Grand Annual Chase?

The Grand Annual Chase is run on a distance of 2 miles and 110 yards

What is the prize money for the Grand Annual Chase?

The total prize money on offer for the Grand Annual Chase at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival will be £111,000.

Who won the Grand Annual Chase last year?

Last year's renewal was won by Croco Bay at SP of 66/1, trained by Ben Case and ridden by Kielan Woods.

What weights are carried for the Grand Annual Chase?

As it is a traditional National Hunt handicap steeplechase, weights range from 11 st 12 lb for the top weight, to 10 st for the bottom weight..

Who is the leading jockey in the Grand Annual Chase?

No jockey has won more than one Grand Annual in the last 10 years. Anyway, Davy Russell is the leading active jockey.

Who is the leading trainer in the Grand Annual Chase?

Paul Nicholls is 2 from 16 in the last 10 years
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