Day Two - 16:50

Grand Annual Chase

Grand Annual Chase Betting Odds

It’s the oldest race at the Cheltenham Festival and still going strong, introducing the Grand Annual Chase. This historic race is a Premier Handicap National Hunt Steeplechase exclusive to horses aged five years or older. It is run over 2 miles and features fourteen fences to be jumped.

Those that win the Grand Annual Chase more than earn their stripes given how fiercely competitive this heat is. Maskada ridden by Darragh O’Keeffe took home the prize last year in a highly-entertaining contest. Who comes out on top this year is for you to predict at BetMGM.

We offer competitive odds on every race taking place throughout Cheltenham, which includes this prestigious race. Explore our Grand Annual Chase betting odds to learn more.

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History of the Grand Annual Chase Cheltenham

The very first Grand Annual Chase took place in April 1834 making it the oldest race, not only at Cheltenham, but in the present National Hunt calendar.

While the race was discontinued in the 1860s, it was revived at the turn of the century, moving from several different venues such as Melton Mowbray, Leicester, and Warwick before returning to Cheltenham in 1913.

The Grand Annual Chase was originally the final race of the Cheltenham Festival but was later moved to Style Wednesday back in 2021 where it has remained ever since. It later earned Premier Handicap status shortly after in 2023 having held Grade 3 status prior.

In terms of Grand Annual records, Top Twenty and Dulwich currently share the top spot for most successful horse in the competition having both won twice. Dulwich was the second horse to complete this feat and that was back in 1976. No horse has matched this achievement since.

Graham Bradley currently holds the record for the most successful jockey, recording four wins on the green. Bradley would ride a different horse to each of these victories starting with Pearlyman in 1986 and ending with Uncle Ernie in 1997.

When is the Grand Annual Chase Cheltenham?

The Grand Annual Chase is set to take place on the 13th of March at 16:50 and is the second to last race on day two of the festival.

There has only ever been one back to back winner of the Grand Annual Chase at Cheltenham (Top Twenty in 1958/59). Last year’s winner Maskada will have the chance to join Top twenty on Style Wednesday, matching a 65 year-old record.

Rumoured entrants of the 2024 Grand Annual Chase include:

  • My Mate Mozzie
  • Saint Roi
  • Harper’s Brook
  • Libberty Hunter
  • Madara
  • Path D’oroux
  • Maskada
  • Saint Felicien
  • Sa Fureur
  • In Excelsis Deo
  • Unexpected Party
  • Dancing On My Own
  • Calico
  • Pinkerton
  • Solness
  • Frero Banbou
  • Hardy Du Seuil
  • Frere D’Armes
  • Pembroke
  • The Folkes Tiara
  • Mighty Tom
  • Triple Trade
  • Pats Choice
  • The King Of Prs
  • Gunsight Ridge
  • Guy
  • Gemirande

Entrants correct at time of publication but subject to change. Please check the race market for latest runners & riders.

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