2022 Grand Annual Handicap Chase Racecard Betting Odds

The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase, to give it its full title, is 2nd day race of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival. After four days of the most exciting National Hunt racing there is, it is with mixed feelings that most racing fans come to this final race of the meeting. For some it gives the chance to bolster a healthy bankroll after some shrewd wagers. For others it’s one final chance to recover losses (though we’d never recommend chasing losses… especially on a race as unpredictable as this!). For us there is always a tinge of sadness that the end of the Festival has arrived… but that doesn’t mean we can’t try to beat the bookies one last time. So read on for the latest betting tips, prediction and live odds as we try to garner one final winning bet from the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase takes place over two miles and this is another handicap race which means it’s worth paying attention to the runners and weights on the day of the race, although there will be antepost betting available when it comes to the days leading up to the off.

Le Prezien, Croco Bay and Chosen Mate are among the recent winners of the Grand Annual, with Paul Nicholls having trained the winner in two of the previous five renewals, although the current favourite to win this race is Sky Pirate and it’s easy to see why the Jonjo O’Neill charge has solid claims to perform well in this race.

The seven-year-old ran well in the Spreadex Handicap Chase on 12 December, with Tom Scudamore on board a horse that obliged at odds of 4/1 after previously finishing fifth in a competitive Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham where the runner was sent off at 10/1.

Entoucas is a French-bred horse that is now part of the Joseph O’Brien stable and he also looks to have leading claims after three successive runner-up spots this season, with the seven-year-old bidding to go one better when he takes part in this encounter.

Only Sizing Pottsie was too hot to handle in a recent clash at Fairyhouse, with Entoucas previously being ousted by Blackbow in a Beginners’ Chase, although he deserves his place among the favourites for this race.

Front View is another O’Brien runner who could make an impact in this race, with everything to like about a recent performance at Fairyhouse when landing a victory over two miles and jockey Mark Walsh clearly knows how to get the best out of him.

Ibleo is another horse to keep an eye out for when it comes to the Grand Annual, with the runner beaten by Sky Pirate at Cheltenham in December, although he returned to the track at Sandown in the New Year to claim a victory in a Handicap Chase.