Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup (Grade 3 Handicap) 2m 110y

  • (5yo+, 2m 110y, Class 1, 21 runners)
  • Winner £42,712 2nd £16,028 3rd £8,025 4th £3,998 5th £2,010 6th £1,005
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Off time: 17:17:15

Full Result

17:15 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 14 Bellvano (GER) N J Henderson 8 10-2 P Carberry 20/1
SP 20/1 Held up behind, steady headway on outside approaching 3 out, 5th next, 4 lengths down in 3rd last, rallied flat, led final 75 yards, ridden out
2nd 4 Tanks For That (IRE) N J Henderson 9 10-13 B J Geraghty 9/1
SP 9/1 With leaders, challenged 3 out, led next, 3 lengths clear last, ridden flat, kept on until headed and no extra final 75 yards opened 12/1 £72000-£6000
3rd 7 8 Kumbeshwar A King 5 10-8 b1 R Thornton 16/1
SP 16/1 With leader, led 6th, hard pressed 3 out, blundered and headed next, kept on same pace, lost 2nd after last, no impression with leading pair flat
4th 15 Anquetta (IRE) N J Henderson 8 10-2 A Tinkler 33/1
SP 33/1 Tracked leaders, chased leading pair after 3 out, outpaced before next, ridden and lost place when not fluent last, no impression opened 40/1 £16500-£500
5th ¾ 10 King Edmund C Gordon 9 10-7 t Tom Cannon (3) 66/1
SP 66/1 In touch, outpaced 4 out, chased leading pair briefly next, kept on same pace, no impression from next opened 100/1
6th 19 De Boitron (FR) Ferdy Murphy 8 10-0 Lucy Alexander (5) 14/1
SP 14/1 Mid-division, driven 3 out, kept on under pressure from next, never near leaders opened 9/1
7th 6 Astracad (FR) N A Twiston-Davies 6 10-9 Sam Twiston-Davies 11/2
SP 11/2 Mid-division, ridden and outpaced after 4 out, kept on under pressure approaching last, never near leaders opened 8/1 £8000-£1000 £7000-£1000(x2)
8th 2 Cornas (NZ) Nick Williams 10 11-4 Mr W Biddick (5) 33/1
SP 33/1 Chased leaders, driven 3 out, weakened from next opened 40/1
9th ¾ 21 Norther Bay (FR) E Griffin 9 10-0 P Townend 100/1
SP 100/1 Always behind
10th 12 13 Tara Royal D McCain Jnr 7 10-3 t Henry Brooke (3) 25/1
SP 25/1 Mid-division, blundered 10th, chased leaders 4 out, ridden after next, beaten when mistake 2 out, soon weakened opened 20/1
11th 1 11 Slieveardagh (IRE) E J O'Grady 8 10-5 A E Lynch 9/1
SP 9/1 Always behind opened 10/1
12th 5 Kid Cassidy (IRE) N J Henderson 6 10-9 A P McCoy 4/1f
SP 4/1f Mistake 1st, mid-division on inside, outpaced 4 out, never on terms, weakened and eased 2 out £9000-£2000 £8000-£2000 £4000-£1000(x3)
13th 1 20 Idarah (USA) P F Cashman 9 10-0 Ms N Carberry 25/1
SP 25/1 Chased leaders on outside, outpaced 4 out, lost place next, soon weakened
PU 12 Eradicate (IRE) N J Henderson 8 10-4 D Bass 14/1
SP 14/1 Towards rear, not fluent 3rd, mistake 7th, soon struggling, behind when hampered and rider lost iron 4 out, pulled up before 2 out opened 20/1
PU 7 Renard (FR) Miss V Williams 7 10-8 Aidan Coleman 20/1
SP 20/1 Mid-division, outpaced when blundered and almost unseated rider 3 out, not recover, pulled up before next opened 33/1
F 18 Free World (FR) A L T Moore 8 10-0 t D J Casey 25/1
SP 25/1 Mid-division, 7th when fell 5 out opened 20/1
F 1 French Opera N J Henderson 9 11-12 J McGrath (5) 16/1
SP 16/1 Towards rear, mistake 8th, under pressure when fell 4 out £48000-£3000
F 17 Ultimate B Ellison 6 10-1 James Best (7) 20/1
SP 20/1 Led to 6th, remained prominent, in touch when fell 5 out opened 25/1
UR 16 Lucky William (IRE) T Cooper 8 10-2 B J Cooper 14/1
SP 14/1 Mid-division, mistake and unseated rider 8th
BD 3 Oiseau de Nuit (FR) C L Tizzard 10 11-2 Mr S Clements (7) 14/1
SP 14/1 Tracked leaders, in touch when brought down 5 out opened 25/1
BD 9 Toubab (FR) P F Nicholls 6 10-7 R Walsh 12/1
SP 12/1 Keen early, mistake 2nd, held up behind, mistake 4th, in rear when hampered and brought down 4 out

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £24.60 Tote Place £5.00,£2.50,£4.00,£9.00 Straight Forecast £190.11 Exacta £266.00 Trifecta £11917.60 Swingers 1&2:£54.30 2&3:£58.50 1&3:£65.50

Jackpot £76,027.09 carried forward to Uttoxeter, 17th Mar
Placepot £627.40, Pool: £1016468.06, 1182.5 winning tickets
Quadpot £12.80, Pool: £49090.56, 2832.38 winning tickets


One of the rides of the week was saved for the finale as Paul Carberry finessed BELLVANO home to give the leading trainer Nicky Henderson an emotional success in the race named in honour of his father. Henderson had told Carberry that he did not want to see Bellvano in the race until halfway up the run-in and the mercurial Irishman followed his instructions to the letter. He had looked to have been worried out of a race under pressure at Newbury earlier in the season but the strong gallop and big field meant he could ease into the race at his leisure. He picked his way through field like a thief in a crowd and only started to set his sights on the front rank on the run to two out. Still fifth at that point but hard on the bridle, he picked off Kumbeshwar at the last before reeling in stablemate Tanks For That with 100 yards to run. He scored going away with loads up his sleeve and will be tough to stop in the Red Rum at Aintree if encountering similar race conditions. Tanks For That was up in the front rank from an early stage and lost nothing in defeat, a statement that also applies to Kumbeshwar. The latter was starting to feel the pinch when he crunched through the second last but he stuck to his guns bravely and deserves another victory after a string of tough and consistent efforts. Anquetta meant it was 1-2-4 for Henderson and he kept on gamely having been close up from the start. King Edmond and De Boitron kept on gamely but the well-backed Kid Cassidy never really looked like giving his supporters any great cause for hope. Henderson rates him as extremely talented and some cover in a big field was expected to help him settle but it all looked a bit too much for him at this stage of his career. He is still just six and there are more races to be won if this experience is not lost on him. Ultimate lost his jockey five out as did last year's winner Oiseau de Nuit - the latter was still travelling well and could have got into the mix. There was more carnage four out as French Opera came down along with Free World while Toubab was brought down. All were towards the rear division and had plenty on their plates to get into the shake-up. Renard clobbered three out and did well to stay on his feet but was held at the time and sensibly pulled up.