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Cheltenham 16:15 Result

Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

  • 5yo+, 19 Runners
  • jumps, Turf
  • Winner £46,423, 2nd £17,490, 3rd £8,753, 4th £4,373, 5th £2,195, 6th £1,097, 7th £545, 8th £281
  • Distance 1m 7f 199y
  • Going GOOD TO SOFT (6.5)
  • Off Time 16:15
  • Winning Time 03:55
  • Race Status: WeighedIn
Number
Dist
Runners
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  • Sky Pirate silk
    1st
    Sky Pirate
    • Nick Scholfield
    • Jonjo O'Neill
    • 8 years, 11-6
    2 Tips
    1 Nap
    14/1

    prominent on inner, going easily on turn before 2 out, led and going best just after last, soon ridden, drifted right final 110yds, hard pressed and kept on well towards finish, just prevailed

    Naps:

    • Sheffield Star

    Tipped by:

    • Newsboy - Daily Mirror
    • Garry Owen - Daily Record
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  • Entoucas silk
    2nd
    shd
    Entoucas
    • Mark Walsh
    • Joseph Patrick O'Brien
    • 7 years, 10-11
    2 Tips
    2 Naps
    7/1

    midfield, not fluent 2nd, steady headway going easily before 3 out, mistake and ridden 2 out, rallied before last, went second final 110yds, kept on well towards finish, just held

    Naps:

    • Brian Flanagan - Irish Daily Star
    • Postdata - Racing Post

    Tipped by:

    • POSTDATA
    • Marlborough - Telegraph
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  • Ibleo silk
    3rd
    3 ¾
    Ibleo
    • Charlie Deutsch
    • Venetia Williams
    • 8 years, 11-8
    2 Tips
    1 Nap
    9/1

    raced in last, steady headway and switched left before 3 out, ridden and headway 2 out, went third inside final 110yds, kept on, no match for first two

    Naps:

    • Andrew Bladen - Wolverhampton Express & Star

    Tipped by:

    • TOPSPEED
    • Jason Heavey - The Star
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  • On The Slopes silk
    4th
    3
    On The Slopes
    • Tom Cannon
    • Chris Gordon
    • 7 years, 10-8
    Tip button hidden
    16/1

    prominent, pushed along to challenge after 3 out, led and ridden 2 out, headed just after last, weakened gradually inside final 110yds

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  • Not That Fuisse silk
    5th
    ½
    Not That Fuisse
    • Harry Skelton
    • Dan Skelton
    • 8 years, 10-5
    Tip button hidden
    11/1

    held up in rear, steady headway going easily and tracked leaders before 3 out, ridden 2 out, weakened gradually final 110yds

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  • Capuccimix silk
    6th
    5 ½
    Capuccimix
    • Darragh O'keeffe
    • Henry De Bromhead
    • 8 years, 10-4
    Tip button hidden
    40/1

    pressed leader, led 3rd, briefly headed when hit 3 out, ridden and headed 2 out, weakened after last

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  • Duc Des Genievres silk
    7th
    4
    Duc Des Genievres
    • Lorcan Williams
    • Paul Nicholls
    • 8 years, 11-12
    1 Nap
    22/1

    towards rear, steady headway and prominent 4 out, ridden after 2 out, weakened approaching last

    Naps:

    • Farringdon - Morning Star
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  • Amoola Gold silk
    8th
    ¾
    Amoola Gold
    • Bridget Andrews
    • Dan Skelton
    • 8 years, 11-0
    1 Tip
    25/1

    raced wide, midfield, pushed along and steady headway after 3 out, edged left on turn before 2 out, outpaced when not fluent 2 out, soon weakened

    Tipped by:

    • The Guardian
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  • Ashutor silk
    9th
    1 ¾
    Ashutor
    • Harry Cobden
    • Paul Nicholls
    • 7 years, 10-7
    Tip button hidden
    28/1

    held up in rear, steady headway on outer 9th, shaken up and in touch with leaders on turn before 2 out, hit 2 out, soon ridden and weakened

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  • Chosen Mate silk
    10th
    2 ¼
    Chosen Mate
    • Jordan Gainford
    • Mrs Denise Foster
    • 8 years, 11-10
    1 Tip
    7/1

    held up in rear, pushed along and outpaced before 3 out, ridden and no impression from 2 out

    Tipped by:

    • Templegate - The Sun
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  • Us And Them silk
    11th
    2 ¼
    Us And Them
    • J J Slevin
    • Joseph Patrick O'Brien
    • 8 years, 11-1
    1 Nap
    14/1

    close up, chased leader 3rd, lost second but close up before 6th, went second again 8th, ridden and briefly led 3 out, weakening when not fluent last

    Naps:

    • Rory Delargy - The Irish Field
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  • Glen Forsa silk
    12th
    22
    Glen Forsa
    • Tom Scudamore
    • Mick Channon
    • 9 years, 11-1
    1 Tip
    1 Nap
    33/1

    raced wide, prominent, ridden after 4 out, weakened after 3 out

    Naps:

    • - sportinglife.com

    Tipped by:

    • James Burn - LAMBOURN
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  • Bun Doran silk
    13th
    2 ¼
    Bun Doran
    • Jonathan Burke
    • Tom George
    • 10 years, 11-4
    Tip button hidden
    33/1

    prominent early, dropped to midfield after 2nd, lost position and towards rear 5th, pushed along before 3 out, soon no impression, beaten before 2 out

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  • Western Miller silk
    14th
    12
    Western Miller
    • Paul O'Brien
    • Charlie Longsdon
    • 10 years, 10-5
    Tip button hidden
    125/1

    lost position when not fluent 8th, outpaced when badly hampered by faller 9th, soon struggling, no chance from 4 out

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  • Or Jaune De Somoza silk
    15th
    nk
    Or Jaune De Somoza
    • Jack Kennedy
    • Mrs Denise Foster
    • 9 years, 10-4
    Tip button hidden
    25/1

    didn't jump with fluency, in rear, badly hampered by faller 9th, soon pushed along and struggling, no chance from 4 out

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  • Embittered silk
    FELL
    Embittered
    • Rachael Blackmore
    • Joseph Patrick O'Brien
    • 7 years, 11-0
    3 Tips
    3 Naps
    9/2 F
    FELL

    midfield, going easily when fell 9th

    Naps:

    • Melissa Jones - Mirror Online
    • Spotlight - Racing Post
    • Rob Wright - The Times

    Tipped by:

    • Robin Goodfellow - Daily Mail
    • Emily Weber - SPOTLIGHT
    • Rob Wright - The Times
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  • Moonlighter silk
    PU
    Moonlighter
    • David Bass
    • Nick Williams
    • 8 years, 11-1
    Tip button hidden
    16/1
    PU

    took keen hold, led, headed but close up 3rd, chased leader before 6th, lost second 8th, pushed along and lost position before 3 out, soon beaten, pulled up before 2 out

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  • Sizing Pottsie silk
    PU
    Sizing Pottsie
    • Robbie Power
    • Mrs John Harrington
    • 7 years, 11-10
    Tip button hidden
    28/1
    PU

    didn't jump with fluency, midfield on inner, pushed along and outpaced 7th, struggling when hampered by faller 9th, soon beaten, pulled up 4 out

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  • Zanza silk
    PU
    Zanza
    • Richard Johnson
    • Philip Hobbs
    • 7 years, 10-13
    3 Tips
    8/1
    PU

    towards rear on inner, mistake 2nd, steady headway into midfield 7th, not fluent and shaken up 8th, badly hampered by faller and dropped to rear 9th, soon pulled up

    Tipped by:

    • The Scout - Daily Express
    • Steve Mason - RP Ratings
    • James Stevens - WEST COUNTRY
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  • Theinval silk
    NR
    Theinval
    • Non Runner
    • Nicky Henderson
    • 11 years, 10-4
    Tip button hidden
    NR

    vet's certificate

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Grand Annual Chase Tips

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Grand Annual Chase
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Zanza

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What is the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase?

The Grand Annual is the penultimate race of the Cheltenham Festival, on Gold Cup day, and is a handicap chase held over two miles and 62 yards. The race was the final race of the festival from 2009, but switched places with the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle in 2019.

The history of the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase

The Grand Annual is the oldest race run at the Cheltenham Festival, having started life all the way back in 1834. Having been briefly discontinued and then moved to other venues, the race returned to Cheltenham in 1913, and it has been named after Nicky Henderson’s father Johnny Henderson since 2005 - who played a key role in safeguarding both the racecourse and the festival. The race was switched to being the final race of the festival in 2009, until swapping places with the Martin Pipe in 2019 as part of a BHA review into horse fatalities at the festival (after three were killed in the 2018 Grand Annual), and it is now the penultimate race of the festival.  

What happened in the 2021 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase?

Jonjo O'Neill's Sky Pirate was a narrow winner of the 2021 Grand Annual, as the Jackdaws Castle inmate outbattled the second placed Entoucas, while Ibleo (third) and On The Slopes (fourth) completed the placings in the two-mile handicap chase.

Who is the most iconic winner of the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase?

Plenty of talented horses have won the Grand Annual since the turn of the century, though the 1998 winner Edredon Bleu proved to be particularly talented. He arrived at the Grand Annual as a chaser firmly on the up for Henrietta Knight, and he landed a gamble to win under A.P. McCoy, winning by three and a half lengths. Edredon Bleu continued to progress, winning the 1998 Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon, before finishing second in the 1999 Champion Chase - a race seldom contested by winners of the Grand Annual. Hvaing won the Peterborough Chase for the second year running, Edredon Bleu was a lively second favourite behind the hugely-fancied Flagship Uberalles, and with that rival only third, he burst clear under a trademark McCoy ride to become the champion chaser. Although that was perhaps his finest hour, Edredon Bleu would continue to produce plenty of stunning performances, winning the 2003 King George VI Chase at Kempton, before eventually signing off in the 2005 Ryanair Chase.

Are there any trials for the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase?

There are no trials as such for the Grand Annual, and recent winners have had differing paths to the race. For instance, the 2019 winner Croco Bay won the race on the back of a 227-day absence, having run at Worcester during the summer. Key contenders for the Grand Annual regularly run in valuable two-mile handicap chases and even graded races, and both the 2018 winner and runner-up, Le Prezien and Gino Trail, took their chance in a handicap chase at Sandown at the beginning of February before running at the festival.

Who is the most successful jockey in the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase?

The most successful jockey in the Grand Annual is Graham Bradley, who had ridden four winners of the race, courtesy of Pearlyman (1986), My Young Man (1992), Sound Reveille (1995) and Uncle Ernie (1997).

Who is the most successful trainer in the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase?

The most successful trainer in the history of the Grand Annual is Paul Nicholls, who has trained the winner of the race on four occasions. Nicholls’ winners in the Grand Annual have come courtesy of St Pirran (2004), Andreas (2007), Solar Impulse (2016) and Le Prezien (2018). 

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