Grand Annual Chase predictions, betting tips and free bets (DAY 4 - March 16, 2018)

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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. Last year the honours went to Rock The World trained by Jessica Harrington at odds of 10/1. Find below our Cheltenham 2018 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.

NORTH HILL HARVEY has already beaten Sceau Royal and River Wylde, both at Cheltenham and has a nice turn of foot, which can be very useful up the hill here. Anyway, he was easily brushed aside by Sceau Royal at Sandown in December.

VANITEUX was very disappointing his first four races this seasonfor the David Pipe yard. He has come down 7lbs as a result and his second to Politologue last time out at Kempton was more encouraging. He has been a classy horse for a long time and was giving Douvan a race at the Cheltenham Festival two years ago when coming to grief at the second last.

THEINVAL finished third last year in this race. He then claimed second in a Grade Three at Aintree, and twice featured at Ayr’s season-ending Festival, finishing as the runner-up to Two Taffs and Cloudy Dream respectively. This horse comes alive in the Spring and Nicky Henderson has resigned him to the side-lines since New Years’ Day.

JP McManus' ROCK THE WORLD won last year's renewal. He ran off a mark of 147 that day and now attempts to follow up with 6lbs more to shoulder. He has not won since last year but ran a decent prep race behind Doctor Phoenix in January.

DON'T TOUCH IT, who is also McManus-owned, unseated last time out in Ireland and hadn’t shown much in it’s three races before that. He only claimed the 6th spot at Fairyhouse behind Doctor Phoenix prior to that. Anyway, he has landed at the Punchestown Festival for the last two years.

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BOUVREIL ran a decent race last year finishing 3rd behind two very well handicapped horses in Road of Respect and Baron Alco. He is now 3 pounds lower and looks to have a better prep compared to last year were he had a minor setback after Christmas.

DOLOS made a big impression on his chasing debut when jumping well and beating Sternrubin by twenty-nine lengths and ran well to be beaten only half a length behind the progressive and tough Gino Trail last time out.

LE PREZIEN went down by a neck to the game front-running Foxtail Hill at Cheltenham before jumping poorly and still being beaten only two and three quarter lengths in the BetVictor Gold Cup. He was very disappointing on his third visit to Cheltenham this season in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup when beaten a long way

BUN DORAN only won once over fences but was 6th behind Tully East here at the Festival in the Listed handicap and then went on to Aintree where he was a creditable third. His first run this season was a good second to Gino Trail here over C/D and has since finished 3rd at Wetherby.

TOP GAMBLE, a multiple Grade 2 winner, was below his best when 4th behind stablemate Gino Trail at Sandown last time out.

FOXTAIL HILL won a Grade 3 handicap here at Cheltenham last January and resumed winning ways under a superb ride back at this venue in October. He has been well below par since but could be dangerous.

Alan King's VALDEZ had his first run for over 1200 days last month when a well beaten third behind Altior at Newbury. Connections must have been thrilled with that effort after such a long time away.

GINO TRAIL scored at 7-2 in a chase at Sandown over 1m 7f on his latest outing last month, beating Dolos by 1/2 lenght. It was his third success this season and it costed him a 9lb penalty to carry here.

THE GAME CHANGER is a talented horse but finished well beaten  when seventh of 10 on his latest outing in a chase at Fairyhouse over 2m 1f in January. Odds are shortening, meaning he has been well prepared for this race.

Who can cause a major upset?

THREE STARS, TOWNSHEND, DOITFORTHEVILLAGE, GARDE LA VICTOIRE, SOME PLAN and FOREST BIHAN all have ambitions and chances to score or be placed.

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  • Only 1 of the last 12 favourites have won
  • 7 of the last 8 winners came from outside the top 5 in the betting
  • 11 of the last 12 winners had run at Cheltenham before
  • The last 7 winners were rated at least 138
  • 10 of the last 14 winners were aged 8 or older
  • 23 of the last 26 winners ran in the last 45 days
  • 15 of the last 18 winners carried 11st or less


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