1st (3) Andreas 12-1
Andreas secures more Nicholls joy 16/03/07
Nicholls and jockey Robert Thornton - who had both individually
enjoyed a great 2007 Festival - combined to take the Johnny Henderson
Grand Annual Handicap with Andreas, giving them each a fourth winner.
“This was the icing on the cake,” said Nicholls. “To
be fair this was the first time since last year that he had his ground.
He was bought by Trevor Hemmings after he ran at Aintree last year and
has always threated to win a big race. He’d been the forgotten
"The horse has threatened to win a decent race and all winter he's been running on soft ground. The ground came right for him and it was a brilliant ride by Choc. Today he's picked up and galloped all the way to the line, which sometimes he doesn't do.
“We missed the second last and I always think he never finds much, but he's winged the last and stayed on well. I actually think he wants two and a half now and he suggested there he does.
"Saintsaire didn't jump well enough. Everybody told me he was well handicapped but perhaps he wasn't. I think a flat track will suit him better."
The winning owner Trevor Hemmings added: “Who knows what would have happened with Turpin Green in the Gold Cup if Idle Talk hadn't been under his feet!
“I'll take home the silver for this win - at least I've got something to take back. It's lovely. The weather's been great and the racing is terrific.
"I get the buzz at a point-to-point. It's all about finding something special. You go looking, and if you're lucky enough to find that special horse, you come here. That's why there's so many people here today. Cheltenham are excellent at entertaining. These four days have been superb."
Frank Berry, racing manager to J P McManus, owner of runner-up Hasty Prince, said: “He ran a blinder and jumped like a buck. There were no excuses, we were just beaten by a better horse.”
Facts and Figures:
1. The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase is the oldest race at The
Festival, and the oldest in the chasing calendar. It was first run at
Andoversford, near Cheltenham, in April, 1834, over three miles of open
2. Johnny Henderson’s name was added to the race title in 2005.
Henderson, who died in December, 2003, was aware in 1963 that there was
a danger that property developers would buy Cheltenham racecourse, so
together with other Jockey Club members he formed Racecourse Holdings
Trust, a non-profit-making organisation, that raised £240,000 to
purchase the racecourse and safeguard its future. RHT - which changed
its named to Jockey Club Racecourses this year - is still Cheltenham’s
parent company and now owns 13 British racecourses. Henderson, whose
son Nicky has enjoyed great success at Cheltenham as a trainer, served
as patron at the course until his death.
3. The race died out in the 1860s, like much of the steeplechasing calendar,
but was revived at the turn of the century. In fact, for some time, it
was the single most important National Hunt race, surpassing even the
Grand National. During the early 1900s, it was held at Melton Mowbray,
Leicester and Warwick, before finally returning to Cheltenham in 1913.
4. The longest-priced post-war winner is Hipparchus at 100/1 in 1954.
5.The fastest winning time was recorded by Samakaan when successful
in 2000 in 3m 52.40s. This beat a record of 3m 54.20s set by Hal’s
Farewell back in 1968.
6. Last year’s renewal provided an emotional success for trainer Nicky Henderson with Greenhope, in the race named after his father.
JOHNNY HENDERSON GRAND ANNUAL CHASE CHALLENGE CUP (HANDICAP) PREVIOUS RESULTS
2006-WINNER-GREENHOPE 8-10-11 Owner-Lynn & Giles
Wilson, Martin Landau; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Andrew Tinkler;
ISLAND 9-10-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Mouse Morris
IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-7/1
2004-WINNER-ST PIRRAN 9-10-01 Owner-Graham Roach; Trainer-Paul Nicholls;
Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-4/1 Fav
2003-WINNER-PALARSHAN 5-10-00 Owner-Mrs A L Wood; Trainer-Henry Daly;
Jockey-Mark Bradburne; SP-8/1
2002-WINNER-FADOUDAL DU COCHET 9-10-00 Owner-Sir
Trainer-Arthur Moore IRE; Jockey-David Casey; SP-6/1
2001- No Race (Foot and Mouth Disease)
2000-WINNER-SAMAKAAN 7-10-11 Owner-Lady Harris; Trainer-Venetia Williams;
Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-9/2 Fav
1999-WINNER-SPACE TRUCKER 8-10-01 Owner Mrs Eileen Queally; Trainer-Jessica
Harrington IRE; Jockey-Shay Barry; SP-7/2 Fav
1998-WINNER-EDREDON BLEU 6-11-06 Owner-Jim Lewis; Trainer-Henrietta
Knight; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-7/2 Fav
1997-WINNER-UNCLE ERNIE 12-11-04 Owner-Lady Lloyd-Webber; Trainer-Jimmy
FitzGerald; Jockey-Graham Bradley; SP-20/1
1996-KIBREET 9-10-12 Owner-Terry Warner and Jill Emery; Trainer-Philip
Hobbs; Jockey-Tony McCoy;SP-7/1
1995-WINNER-SOUND REVEILLE 7-10-10 Owner-Angela Abecassis; Trainer-Charlie
Brooks; Jockey-Graham Bradley; SP-7/1
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