17:15 Cheltenham – Anquetta to win final Festival race


Nicky Henderson holds a good record in the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase and he can end the Cheltenham Festival on a high again by sealing victory with Anquetta.

Horses that sneak in towards the bottom of the weights have a fine record in the Festival finale, with nine of the last ten winners having an official rating between 129 and 134.

Anquetta is just one of nine horses to fit this criteria and there are numerous other factors that give him a leading chance.

Contenders featuring towards the head of the Grand Annual betting tend to be more successful than in other Festival races, with 30 of the last 35 winners all landing the spoils at single-figure odds.

This is also a good sign for Anquetta, as he is currently 9/1 to win the Grand Annual.

Anquetta is the only horse to fit in with both of these statistics, while confidence should be no issue as he heads to Cheltenham on the back of two straight victories.

Henderson also trains another leading contender in the Grand Annual betting as Tanks For That is 9/1.

However, Tanks For That disappointed on his latest start, which was at Cheltenham in January, and this reduces his chances in the Grand Annual.

Only six of the last 40 winners of the race had arrived at the Festival having finished unplaced on their latest start.

Shoreacres looks to have a leading chance among the other runners, particularly given the ease at which he won on his only start of the season last month at Taunton.

He is 7/1 to emerge triumphant, while Keke Buku may run best out of those at the bigger prices at 18/1, providing he puts in a solid round of jumping.

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