Cheltenham Grand Annual Chase
Cheltenham Festival race guide – Grand Annual Chase betting
Four days of racing draw to a close and IMSINGINGTHEBLUES can land the spoils in the lucky last at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival. David Pipe’s representative has been in and out of form recently and although his last win came in 2009, this older horse may have another big run left in him. Anquetta has displayed a level of maturity winning his last two despite his disliking of a crack with the whip in the first of those at Leicester. Also, Dan Breen and Oh Crick are not out of this should they stay the trip. We have previews for each Cheltenham race on day one, as well as all the latest odds and free bets.
Grand Annual Chase odds
This, the oldest race at the festival, gives those handicappers who are keen on giving their running over the minimum chasing distance. Those that enter this race are not out and out staying chasers so a crack at a lesser distance should prove just the tonic for many of the runners. Pigeon Island grabbed the headlines for the Nigel Twiston-Davies yard in the last renewal beating the Nicky Henderson trained French Opera by a length-and-a-quarter. Henderson always goes all out to win this once since the name of his father Johnny was added to the races title in 2005. So you can be sure he’ll give it his best possible shot once more but can he add to his 2006 success where Greenhope ran out a very sentimental winner which he dedicated to his late father?
The trials from this race are uncertain in the sense that handicappers come from all angles to compete in the Grand Annual Chase. So when the full list of runners is announced don’t so much concentrate on the path these horses have taken but more their handicap ratings. Horses under a strong stranglehold from the handicap might just be weighted out of this one, but those who are likely to improve in their handicapping career should be considered. Pigeon Island won at 16/1 last time and but had placed in three of his last five starts prior to this race. He probably wasn’t handicapped as harshly for those placings whereas if he had won them he may have found this contest much more difficult. A progressive horse is well capable of winning a race of this nature so make sure you select them wisely.
Ruby Walsh has saddled two winners in the last ten years for Paul Nicholls in 2004 and 2007. they stand a chance in every race they enter, and must be taken seriously should they be able to repeat their previous successes. Two seven-year-olds have won two of the last four renewals both carrying around the ten stone marker. This trend could continue in the lucky last as we prepare to say goodbye to the 2011 Cheltenham Festival. But hey, there’s always next year!
Grand Annual Chase free bets
Bet 365 – The biggest free bet offer during Cheltenham is from Bet 365 who are offering £200 in free bets. The free bets are awarded after your first, fourth and twentieth bets. This is a great offer for those who are planning to bet on lots of Cheltenham races.
Victor Chandler – One of the biggest names in online betting (you’ve probably seen the TV advert with Paddy Mcguiness) is offering a free £25 matched bet during Cheltenham.
Cheltenham Festival free bets
We have previews for each Cheltenham race, as well as all the latest odds and free bets for the Festival.
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