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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.


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


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.


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:


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.


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.


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.


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.

Cheltenham Races TEst

With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, it’s time to get back into the spirit of this grand occasion, and for that, you’ve come to the right place.

With the offset commencing on Tuesday 16th March featuring The Unibet Champion Hurdle, you could be right there experiencing it all up until the final few races trickle through following The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday 19th March.

Cheltenham Racecourse hosts the most anticipated event of the racing calendar where punters and racing enthusiasts can experience this exciting event from a number of perspectives, whatever the weather.

Four days of extraordinary racing offers a prize pool of over £4.5 million to the hopeful participants, with passion and emotion tantalising the senses of all in attendance.

Kissing the beautiful Cotswold countryside, Cheltenham Racecourse was voted the greatest racecourse in the world by The Racing Post in 2019. Each of the three magnificent Cheltenham Racecourse enclosures gives you a stunning view of the alluring surroundings.

The Cheltenham Festival offers world-class hospitality available to suit a wide range of budgets, so, if you wish, you could step up the quality of your experience to ensure you make the absolute best of this fascinating horseracing occasion.

Besides the racing, you can visit the shopping village featuring approximately 70 bespoke, carefully selected vendors for a mixture of essentials and luxuries. You can also indulge yourself at the bars and listen to live music all throughout the Cheltenham racing calendar.

Betting Tips

If you’re looking for the most diligently researched professional betting tips for the Cheltenham Festival 2021 races, our team of competent, experienced tipsters will provide all the fruitful information you need to make the most lucrative betting decisions possible.

The in-depth information we offer on favourites, horses to look out for, trainers, jockeys and more can mean it won’t just be the horses, trainers and jockeys getting Cheltenham results.


Whether you have attended this enthralling event before and you’re looking for your annual fix, or you’ve been intrigued by the captivating aura that surrounds these races inducing the desire to make your Festival debut, you can find all the information you need on Cheltenham tickets right here.

Standard entry tickets are very affordable and there is a range of package options to suit your exact needs, so whatever your budget, The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will be the place to be this March.

Festival Guide

Any information you’re looking for on the festival including dates for the diary, the racecourse, the horse trainers, the jockeys, festival history, where to eat, where to stay and how to get there can be found right here at

Race Calendar

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 features a variety of 28 breathtaking races, with 7 per day over the course of the four-day festival. Our race calendar makes it very easy to keep track of exactly what is going on and when.

The highlight of day one will be the Unibet Champion Hurdle with a prize pool of £450,000. Day two sees the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase take place where records continue to be broken.

Day three presents The Ryanair Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race, both in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Then Finally, Friday hosts the grand finale in the form of The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The full Cheltenham race schedule is available right here, from the Tuesday 10:30 gate opening to the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle final race at 5:30 pm on Friday.


The beauty of the Cheltenham races is the sheer quantity of options when it comes to how you want to experience it.

If you head down to The Festival simply to view the races and absorb the exciting atmosphere you don’t need to break the bank. If you’ve set a higher budget for this pulsating occasion, you can get plenty for the money you want to spend.

You can choose from any of the 11 onsite restaurants for your evening meal, with a variety of restaurant types from The Horse & Groom Pub to the Champions Walk restaurant, you can choose the atmosphere that’s served alongside your meal.

Those with a higher budget and more cash to splash will be delighted by the range of luxury experience options, including viewing boxes with private bars, Room With a View packages complete with Bentley and helicopter transfers, and the luxurious Orchard Pods suitable for up to 20 guests with a private balcony.

Free bets

Free bets are a fantastic opportunity to step up the thrill of the races with a chance to recoup some of your festival expenditures, increase your spending money, or even strike it lucky and walk away from your exhilarating day with a smug smile.

Free bets work just like real bets except there is no risk involved. You can place a stake on your favourite horse and if it wins, so do you. Real cash.

The Cheltenham Festival is amongst the busiest periods of the year for bookmakers and betting sites, so they always come up with some incredibly tempting sign-up offers and free bets to lure you in. The high competition between the bookies is good news for you, as they compete to offer the most generous free bet deals.

We scour the web for all the best betting deals – including free bets – and provide you with a one-stop-shop to accumulate your free bet funds, meaning less time searching and more time sitting and sipping.


It’s thanks to the high competition between bookmakers that you can get such fantastic prices on the horses. Odds are competitive, so very high profits are possible.

We’ll make sure you have access to all the best odds from all the best betting sites, so you can experience how profitable the Cheltenham races can truly be.

Track all the odds as the Festival approaches ever closer so you know exactly who to look out for and back when the big week finally arrives.