Grand Annual Chase Tips 2022

The Grand Chase Tips looks at some of the leading players who could be heavily involved in this year’s action in this Cheltenham Festival Day 2 contest. The Grand Annual is steeped in history, being the oldest fixture at the Festival. 

For this 2022 Grand Annual Chase preview, our experts look at the latest odds and how the field is shaping up.

Grand Annual Chase Potential Runners & Favourites Implied by Bookmaker Odds

The Grade 3 Grand Annual Chase at the Festival has produced some exciting results in the last decade. There have been some winners coming home in the contest at some fairly sizeable odds. Our experts scour the line-up for this year’s renewal.

BUDDY RICH has leading claims at the head of the betting, although he hasn’t faced anything like this kind of calibre of field, mostly having been knocking around beginners chase action. But there has been progress made by Gordon Elliott’s charge in the sphere nonetheless. 

AMARILLO SKY was mightily impressive when winning at Newbury in February, beating SHAKEM UP’ARRY by ten lengths in a dominant display. If he repeats that effort he’s sure to go close.

Last year’s winner SKY PIRATE is off a higher mark this time around but loves Cheltenham, recording form figures of 112 in his last three visits to the course.

There should be a competitive field lining up in this one, and the likes of EMBITTERED, EDITEUR DU GITE and THYME WHITEare also likely to be in the picture as well.

Grand Annual Chase Confirmed Runners

Buddy RichHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott
EmbitteredHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Bryan Cooper
T: Joseph O’Brien
Andy DufresneHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Mark Walsh
T: Gordon Elliott
Amarillo SkyHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Brendan Powell
T: Colin Tizzard
Thyme WhiteHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Bryony Frost
T: Paul Nicholls
Sky PirateHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Nick Scholfield
T: Jonjo O’Neill
Dancing On My OwnHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Darragh O’Keeffe
T: Henry De Bromhead
Frero BanbouHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Charlie Deutsch
T: Venetia Williams
Before MidnightHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Sam Thomas
Elixir De NutzHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Jonjo O’Neill Jr
T: Colin Tizzard
Editeur Du GiteHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Joshua Moore
T: Gary Moore
A Wave Of The SeaHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Shane Fitzgerald
T: Joseph O’Brien
Exit PollHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Sean O’Keeffe
T: John Harrington
Il RidotoHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
PoseidonHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Danny Mullins
T: Charles Byrnes
For PleasureHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Harry Bannister
T: Alex Hales
GumballHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Paddy Brennan
T: Fergal O’Brien
HasankeyHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Lewis Dobb
T: Laura Morgan
CapuccimixHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Jordan Gainford
T: Henry De Bromhead
Destined To ShineHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: RESERVE
T: Laura Morgan
Global CitizenHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Kielan Wood
T: Ben Pauling

*Odds Correct as of 12pm 14/03/22*

How Often Does a Favourite Horse Win The Grand Annual Chase Race 

Two of the last ten Grand Annual Chase winners have done so as the favourite. That was Alderwood in 2013 and, more recently, Chosen Mate in 2020. But scattered throughout the results in that sequence, there have been some big underdogs coming through the pack to land the win.

None was bigger than 2019 winner Croco Bay, who landed the 2019 title as a 12-year-old from 66/1. This is a race in which longer-priced options can be sized up for Grand Annual Chase betting tips because six of the last ten Grand Annual Chase winners have done so from at least a mark of 14/1. 

Each of the last 20 winners had bagged between 3-8 career successes and made up to seven starts for the season.

Grand Annual Chase Favourites vs Winners in The Past 10 Years

YearFavourite Horse*Winning Horse
2021Embittered (F)Sky Pirate (14/1)
2020Chosen MateChosen Mate (7/2)
2019Magic Saint (10th)Croco Bay (66/1)
2018North Hill Harvey (F)Le Prezien (15/2)
2017Le Prezien (8th)Rock The World (10/1)
2016Rock The World (3rd)Solar Impulse (28/1)
2015Ned Buntline (4th) / Blood Cotil (F)Next Sensation (16/1)
2014Ned Buntline (2nd) / Claret Cloak (3rd)Savello (16/1)
2013AlderwoodAlderwood (3/1)
2012Kid Cassidy (12th)Bellvano (20/1)

*(-) = Finishing Position, UR = Unseated Rider, F = Faller, RO = Ran Out, PU = Pulled Up

Grand Annual Chase History & Present Time

The Grand Annual Chase is a Grade 3 contest at a distance of 1m 7f on the Old Course at Cheltenham. There are 14 fences in the contest, and it is a handicap steeplechase. 

The origins of the race go back to 1834 when it had its first running, which was well before the Cheltenham Festival itself came along.

It had knocked around different venues before it ended up at Cheltenham permanently in 1913. The race is officially the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase, named after the father of top NH trainer Nicky Henderson, who safeguarded the future of Cheltenham Racecourse from developers.

The race was moved in 2021 to the second day of the Festival and therefore to the Old Course. That happened two years after the field was reduced to a maximum of 20 for safety. The 2022 Grand Annual Chase has a purse of £125,000.

Grand Annual Chase Jockey & Trainer Records

No jockey has matched the tally of four wins that Graham Bradley produced in this race, the final one of those happening in 1997 on Uncle Ernie. From a modern perspective, Davy Russell is the only current active jockey to have won the race more than once (3). 

The leading trainer is Paul Nicholls, who has taken four wins, the most recent being with Le Prezien in 2018. However, two other trainers have won the race more than once, Nicky Henderson (2) and Alan Moore (2), which may influence Grand Annual betting tips.

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