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The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup

The Cheltenham Festival is the second-richest meeting on the British National Hunt calendar, with a record £4,590,000 in prize money over the four-day event – over £1,000,000 per day, with a £625,000 purse for The Cheltenham Gold Cup alone.

The Festival’s four days offer a total of 28 incredible races right at the home of jump racing – Cheltenham Racecourse. The 28 races are split down to four lots of 7 racecards, with at least one featured race on each day.

Some of the most prestigious races known to the sport are contended during these four days, including The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, The Ryanair Steeple Chase, The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle and The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase

This meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse takes place every March, often coinciding with St. Patrick’s Day and having the day dedicated to it if it does. Even in the years where this does not occur, The Festival remains popular with Irish visitors due to tradition and heritage.

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March. The penultimate race of Day Two – Ladies Day – will be The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup.

About the Race

Open to horses aged 5 years and above, The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup is a Grade 3 handicap race featured on the National Hunt calendar.

Run on the ‘new course’ at Cheltenham, the race is 2 miles and 62 yards in length with a total of fourteen fences for participants to leap. The first-place prize for doing so is £61,897.

Also known as The Grand Annual, The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup is the oldest race that takes place at Cheltenham Festival. The race had a few homes before taking permanent residence at Cheltenham racecourse in 1913.

Johnny Henderson, the father of successful horse trainer Nicky, had his name added to the race title after securing the land from potential property development investors in the early 1960s.

The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup will be the penultimate race of Ladies day on Wednesday the 17th of March, beginning at 16:50.

Runners

The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:

  1. Sky Pirate (GB) – 6/1 ante-post favourite – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-11 (16/01/21) – trained by Jonjo O’Neill
  2. Ibleo (FR) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (29/01/21) – trained by Venetia Williams
  3. Entoucas (FR) – 12/1 ante-post odds – will be 8 years old – weighing in at 10-7 (16/01/21) – trained by Joseph Patrick O’Brien
  4. Chosen Mate (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-11 (16/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  5. Front View (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – will be 7 years old – weighing in at 10-5 (16/01/21) – trained by Joseph Patrick O’Brien
  6. Sizing Pottsie (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-2 (12/01/21) – trained by Mrs John Harrington
  7. Aramax (GER) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (20/10/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  8. Blackbow (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (13/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
  9. Éclair De Beaufeu (FR) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (27/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  10. Ga Law (FR) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 10-10 (05/12/20) – trained by Jamie Snowden

Tips

The Cheltenham Festival is the fascinating culprit behind tens of millions of pounds being gambled on the horses over the four-day event.

You don’t need to be a horseracing expert to get involved, though, as our intricate, professional tips will help guide you towards a winning bet slip and a profitable week at the races.

Odds

The Festival always draws the most generous prices out of the bookies, who have to compete with each other for the custom of hundreds of thousands of punters that want to place a few bets on the exceptional races Cheltenham have to offer.

One of the best-priced winners of recent years was 66/1 Croco bay in 2019, who would have turned a £10 outright stake into £660 of profits. This is far from a rare occurrence in The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

The winner of The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual last year was 7/2 favourite Chosen Mate, ridden by jockey Davy Russell and trained by Gordon Elliott.

13/2 Eclair De Beaufeu finished shortly behind but didn’t trouble the winner, followed by 10/1 Us And Them in third-place.

2019

The 2019 edition of The Grand Annual saw 66/1 outsider Croco Bay upset the odds, ridden by jockey Kielan Woods and trained by Ben Case.

With 9/2 race favourite Magic Saint only managed a 10th place finish, making way for 11/1 Bun Doran to finish in second and 8/1 Brelan D’As to finish in third.

2018

Le Prezien won the 2018 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup with a starting price of 15/2, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Paul Nicholls.

North Hill Harvey was just about the race favourite with a starting price of 7/1 but fell at the fourth hurdle after a wobbly third.

2017

Back in 2017, it was 10/1 outsider Rock The World that rocked the world of horseracing, winning The Grand Annual ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Jessica Harrington.

Le Prezien was the 7/2 race favourite but could only manage an eighth-place finish after starting well but simply failing to keep up with the front runners.

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