The Grand Annual Steeple Chase is otherwise referred to as the getting out stakes due to its nature of being the last race of the Festival and potentially the difference between securing a profit or a loss for a punter at the Festival.
The race itself has become the most important two-mile handicap race of the season since the Victor Chandler Chase was upgraded to Grade One status in 2005.
The race has fast become a friend of the punters as they have continually managed to beat the bookmakers on plenty of occasions. This is due to the fact that the two-mile handicap scene isn’t the most competitive and a horse can be plotted up for this race pretty easily as the old warriors at the top of the handicap are very well handicapped and unlikely to trouble the market leaders.
Punters have landed some pretty big gambles in recent years, including the win of Tiger Cry at 15/2 in 2008 and St Pirran at 4/1 in 2006.
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With the race having a close association to Johnny Henderson, father of trainer Nicky, who saved Cheltenham racecourse from being turned into a housing estate in 1963, Nicky Henderson always targets the race with some his classy two mile chasers.
Classy youngster Kid Cassidy looks the type that Henderson likes to target at the race and he has looked a cooler cookie in 2013 than the one that was a nervous wreck and sketchy jumper in 2012. If he can stay well handicapped then Henderson will surely look to make the most of his talent in this race that should be perfect for his hold up nature.
Another horse that could end up a decent shout for place claims at a big price for Henderson is the classy veteran French Opera, who is a tempting looking 25/1 shot with Bet365.
He may be at the wrong end of the handicap for a race of this nature but he surely has the capabilities to make a big play for the money after spending most of the season running in Graded races on ground that he wouldn’t relish. He didn’t get anywhere near to threaten the likes of Sancuaire and Sprinter Sacre in various races but back in handicap company he should be good enough to mix it.
He’s always been a brilliant jumper and he has two wins to his name at Cheltenham from back in 2009.
He could be one of Henderson’s best chances in this race if getting the good ground he needs.