2023 Grand Annual Handicap Chase Betting Odds at Cheltenham racecourse

Wednesday, 15 March 2023

There have been some big-priced winners of the Grand Annual Handicap Chase over the past few years, with twelve-year-old Croco Bay winning this encounter three years ago, while Chosen Mate and Sky Pirate have also landed the spoils in recent times. It’s always worth looking through the Cheltenham racecard and looking at the bottom weights.

Gentleman de Mee is trading as the single figure betting favourite with some Cheltenham Festival betting sites, although Brave Seasca and Couer Sublime are other contenders that could run a big race. We’re excited to see which horses are going to be among the betting favourites for this stretch.

15/03 16:50Best Odds
Unibet
Andy DufresneAndy Dufresne
Unibet12/1
12/1
Frero BanbouFrero Banbou
Unibet14/1
14/1
Amarillo SkyAmarillo Sky
Unibet14/1
14/1
West CorkWest Cork
Unibet16/1
16/1
War LordWar Lord
Unibet16/1
16/1
Coeur SublimeCoeur Sublime
Unibet16/1
16/1
Before MidnightBefore Midnight
Unibet16/1
16/1
Editeur Du GiteEditeur Du Gite
Unibet16/1
16/1
Thyme WhiteThyme White
Unibet16/1
16/1
Buddy RichBuddy Rich
Unibet16/1
16/1
Elixir De NutzElixir De Nutz
Unibet20/1
20/1
EmbitteredEmbittered
Unibet20/1
20/1
For PleasureFor Pleasure
Unibet20/1
20/1
Brave SeascaBrave Seasca
Unibet20/1
20/1
CapuccimixCapuccimix
Unibet20/1
20/1
Magic DazeMagic Daze
Unibet20/1
20/1
Millers BankMillers Bank
Unibet25/1
25/1
Red RookieRed Rookie
Unibet25/1
25/1
Clear The RunwayClear The Runway
Unibet33/1
33/1

2022 Grand Annual Tips

Willie Mullins is the betting favourite when it comes to Top Cheltenham Festival trainer odds and perhaps he will secure a few victories in the handicap races. The Irish handler has an exciting six-year-old in the form of Gentleman de Mee, with the JP McManus-owned runner having finished second to the talented Haut En Couleurs in the Paddy Power Games Beginners Chase.

Previously to this, the horse was fifth in a Beginners Chase at Punchestown Racecourse in early December, with Ferny Hollow producing the goods in that particular race although this is likely to be a less competitive betting heat. The horse finished tenth in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle at last year’s Festival when being sent off as 4/1 favourite.

Who Are the Grand Annual Handicap Chase Favourites?

Brave Seasca could be a great Cheltenham Festival betting tip, with the horse having won on his past three outings. The seven-year-old is trained by Venetia Williams and scored two successes at Warwick Racecourse which sandwiched a solitary success at Ascot in December – arguably the most impressive run of all.

Charlie Deutsch rode the horse to victory at Warwick over two miles in mid-January, with Sky Pirate beaten by seven lengths, while the win at Ascot was in the Howden Novices' Limited Handicap Chase where he won by three lengths over two miles and one furlong.

Henry de Bromhead is likely to win with his hot Cheltenham Festival tip Honeysuckle on Day One of the meeting and perhaps the Irish trainer will score again with Coeur Sublime having proven really impressive at Gowran Park and the horse was sent off as 1/6 under the ride of Rachael Blackmore.

Buddy Rich will line up for trainer Gordon Elliott and the nine-year-old ran in a competitive handicap race at Fairyhouse in November, with the horse sent off as the 5/2 favourite before finishing fourth. Dunvegan is the one to watch at a bigger price and it’s often worth an each-way horse racing bet on this race.


As we come towards the end of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, there are still some exciting races that remain on the cards and this includes the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual which is run over a distance of approximately two miles.

This race has been in operation since 1834 and it’s now a Grade 3 encounter which is the oldest race at the Festival, with Croco Bay making history when winning the 2019 renewal at the ripe old age of 12.

Previously to this, we have largely seen winners oblige around the age of 8, with Le Prezien, Rock the World and Edredon Bleu among those horses who have passed the post first in this race.

It’s one of those Festival races where the field is unclear until we get much closer to the off, although Lisp could be the horse that goes off favourite, with the Alan King-trained runner having run well in the County Hurdle last year.

On that occasion, the six-year-old finished in fifth place and we shouldn’t forget that he outran his odds of 25/1 to achieve that position, although form since then hasn’t been particularly convincing.

Last time out, Lisp finished third out of four in a Grade 2 race although it was a competitive heat which also featured Mister Fisher and Al Dancer, with Lisp effectively dropping down in class should he line up in the Grand Annual.

Greaneteen is an interesting runner and the Paul Nicholls-trained horse has achieved a recent double which sets things up nicely for the six-year-old as he prepares for the Festival.

On 1 February, the horse obliged in the Scottish Champion Chase as the favourite, with Bryony Frost likely to be on board again at the Festival.

Al Dancer could also line up for the Grand Annual and had that second-place finish in the same race as Lisp, with the seven-year-old not really achieving the early potential which saw him go off joint-favourite to win last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

Nigel Twiston-Davies could pitch him into this race and look for the horse to rediscover the sort of form that had everyone wowed when the charge obliged at odds of 5/2 when winning the Betfair Hurdle last season.