2016 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase

The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase is one of the oldest races at the Cheltenham Festival. This handicap steeplechase is run over a distance of 2 miles 110 yards and features 14 fences. Entry to the race is restricted to 5-year-old and above chasers.

The Grand Annual Chase dates back to 1834, and was first run as a cross country race on the commons near Cheltenham. The event was cancelled during the 1860s before being resurrected in the early 20th century. The Grand Annual Chase was added to the Cheltenham Festival card in 1913.

The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase is named after Johnny Henderson, a racehorse owner and the father of top national hunt trainer, Nicky Henderson.

Grand Annual Chase Betting Odds

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Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup (Grade 3 Handicap) (Class 1) - 17:30
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Next Sensation 8 15/2 8 8 9
Velvet Maker 8 8 8 8 11
Rock The World 5 9/2 5 9/2 11
Dandridge 8 8 8 8 12
Eastlake 12 12 12 12 10
The Saint James 14 14 14 14 16
Lough Kent 12 12 12 12 14
Bright New Dawn 16 14 14 16 16
Chris Pea Green 16 16 16 16 20
Croco Bay 20 20 20 20 22
Sizing Codelco 20 20 20 20 14
Arthur's Oak 20 20 20 20 22
Savello 25 25 25 25 25
Raven's Tower 25 25 25 25 22
Dresden 33 33 33 33 33
Red Spinner 33 33 33 33 28
Solar Impulse 28 25 28 28 22
Workbench 33 33 33 33 33
Pearls Legend 33 33 33 33 25
Bold Henry 33 33 33 33 25
Gardefort 40 40 40 40 40
Germany Calling 33 33 33 33 25
Dunraven Storm 50 50 50 50 40
Surf And Turf 100 66 100 100 66

Grand Annual Chase Winners

Handicappers generally aren’t the finest horses in national hunt racing, and a win in the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase will usually represent the climax of a racehorse’s career. Nicky Henderson’s win in the 2006 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase with Greenhope is regarded as an important moment in festival history, as the trainer claimed his first victory in the race named after his father.