GRAND ANNUAL CHASE

The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase was first run back in 1834, making it the oldest contest in the jumps calendar.

Grade 3 | 5yo+ | Wednesday 16.50
2 miles ½ furlong | 14 fences | Old Course
Weight: 10st - 11st 12lb (handicap)
Prize money (2022): £125,000 | 1st: £70,338

In recent years it was the final race of the Festival but was moved to Day 2 in 2021.

It is now even more of a speed test as the Old Course track is slightly shorter/sharper.

The maximum field was reduced rom 24 to 20 in 2019 for safety reasons.

4 of the last 6 winners were rated 147+
7 of the last 9 winners carried 11 stone+
0 of the last 29 winners were top weight
8 of the last 17 winners had run in the race previously
2 of the last 18 favourites won
Updated to include 2022 renewal

Always a fiercely competitive heat, the Grand Annual Chase can throw up some big-priced winners and did so again in 2022 with 28/1 shot Global Citizen.

Plenty of winners had run in the race before - Croco Bay won at 66/1 in 2019 having previously been 3rd, 5th and fallen.

9/2 favourite Rock The World was third in 2016, but returned to win in 2017 at 10/1.

While the 7/2 favourite Le Prezien was 8th in 2017, yet won the following year at 15/2.

Also, Oiseau de Nuit was 8/1 third favourite in 2010 (pulled up) but won in 2011 at 40/1.

No top weight has won the Grand Annual since 1992 (My Young Man 11st 10lb), but Sky Pirate (152) became the highest rated winner since then in 2021, carrying 11st 6lb.

While in 2018 Le Prezien (rated 150) carried 11st 8lb to victory - the best weight-carrying performance since Stopped (11st 12lb) in 1980.

LAST 5 WINNERS’ DATA

YEAR
AGE
OFFICIAL RATING
WEIGHT
2022
10
136
10-6
2021
8
152
11-6
2020
7
147
11-4
2019
12
139
10-12
2018
7
150
11-8

RECENT WINNERS

YEAR
WINNER
JOCKEY / TRAINER
SP
2022
Global Citizen
Kielan Woods / Ben Pauling
28/1
2021
Sky Pirate
Nick Scholfield / Jonjo O'Neil
14/1
2020
Chosen Mate
Davy Russell / Gordon Elliott
7/2f
2019
Croco Bay
Kielan Woods / Ben Case
66/1
2018
Le Prezien
Barry Geraghty / Paul Nicholls
15/2
2017
Rock the World
Robbie Power / Jessica Harrington
10/1
2016
Solar Impulse
Sam Twiston-Davies / Paul Nicholls
28/1
2015
Next Sensation
Tom Scudamore / Michael Scudamore
16/1
2014
Savello
Davy Russell / A J Martin
16/1
2013
Alderwood
Tony McCoy / Thomas Mullins
3/1f
2012
Bellvano
Paul Carberry / Nicky Henderson
20/1
2011
Oiseau de Nuit
Steven Clements / Colin Tizzard
40/1
2010
Pigeon Island
Paddy Brennan / Nigel Twiston-Davies
16/1
2009
Oh Crick
Wayne Hutchinson / Alan King
7/1
2008
Tiger Cry
Davy Russell / Arthur Moore
15/2
2007
Andreas
Robert Thornton / Paul Nicholls
12/1
2006
Greenhope
Andrew Tinkler / Nicky Henderson
20/1
2005
Fota Island
Paul Carberry / Mouse Morris
7/1
2004
St Pirran
Ruby Walsh / Paul Nicholls
4/1f
2003
Palarshan
Mark Bradburne / Henry Daly
8/1
2002
Fadoudal du Cochet
David Casey / Arthur Moore
6/1
2001

Festival Cancelled

2000
Samakaan
Norman Williamson / Venetia Williams
9/2f

Global Citizen gave jockey Kielan Woods his second Grand Annual Chase win in 2022, having guided the even lesser-fancied Croco Bay to victory in 2019.

Seventh in the 2019 Champion Hurdle and fourth in the 2020 Arkle, the ten-year-old was tackling fences for the first time in over a year for trainer Ben Pauling:

‘IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE HE’S HAD HIS HEAD IN FRONT BUT F***ING HELL, EXCUSE MY LANGUAGE, HE GOT IT RIGHT TODAY’

The 2021 Grand Annual Chase winner was Sky Pirate, ridden by Nick Scholfield:

The well-backed Chosen Mate obliged in 2020, despite hesitating at the final fence:

Croco Bay caused an upset at 66/1 in 2019, on his fourth attempt at the Grand Annual.

The 12-year-old veteran was making only his second start since finishing fifth in the race two years prior:

Le Prezien stormed up the hill in 2018, to give Paul Nicholls a fourth win in the race:

Looking back further, Paul Carberry delivered Bellvano (in the red cap) perfectly in 2012: