Grand Annual Chase Tips

Grand Annual

The final race of the Festival and a chance for punters to claw some of their cash back if they’ve had a stinking week. Can you find the winner of the Get Out Of Jail Stakes?

Who won in 2016?

A highly competitive and strong renewal of one of the season´s leading 2m handicaps and the oldest race on the National Hunt calendar. They went a good gallop and plenty were in with a chance as they charged down the hill.

Solar Impulse landed a bit of a shock as he bounced back to form off a very high weight. The first time blinkers working a treat for the Paul Nicholls inmate. Taking advantage of a 6lb drop in the weights, he came through to lead at the last and was always in command on the run-in, finding plenty.

He’ll always be a danger in these handicaps when things fall right and he’s on a going day.

How to pick the winner?

Attaching yourself to a novice is a very profitable way to play this handicap, winning 14 of the last 35 runnings from not many entries.

Nicky Henderson always targets the race with some his classy two mile chasers.

He’s only won it twice but year after year his horses are always primed for this race and have racked up numerous placed efforts.

For example, in 2012 he saddled the winner, second and fourth from just four runners. Follow him with confidence.

Ante post tip?

With that Henderson angle in mind, it might be worth tracking the progress over novice chaser Hammersley Lake, who looks made for a strongly run two miles on good ground.

His rating will have to be well managed between now and March, but Henderson is capable of plotting one for this.

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