The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase - Fri Mar 16th 2007 

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The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup (handicap)

1st (3) Andreas 12-1
2nd (12) Hasty Prince 8-1
3rd (11) Ground Ball 33-1
4th (8) Ursis 14-1
23 ran
Also: 5-2 Fav Saintsaire
NR: Cossack Dancer


Andreas secures more Nicholls joy 16/03/07

Trainer Paul 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 horse.

"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.”


Starting Price
Beaten Distance
P F Nicholls
R Thornton
10st 11lbs
12 - 1
Hasty Prince
Jonjo O'Neill
A P McCoy
10st 5lbs
8 - 1
3 lengths
Ground Ball
C F Swan
D J Casey
10st 5lbs
33 - 1
4 lengths
S Gollings
B J Geraghty
10st 8lbs
14 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
Bambi De L'orme
Ian Williams
G Lee
10st 0lbs
25 - 1
1 3/4 length
P F Nicholls
R Walsh
10st 2lbs
5 - 2
1 1/2 length
Zum See
N Meade
N P Madden
10st 2lbs
66 - 1
1 1/4 length
N J Henderson
M A Fitzgerald
10st 10lbs
12 - 1
5 lengths
Figaro du Rocher
D Pipe
R Greene
10st 0lbs
100 - 1
1 1/2 length
Coat of Honour
J Howard Johnson
P J Brennan
10st 5lbs
28 - 1
N J Henderson
A Tinkler
10st 9lbs
25 - 1
3/4 length
Misty Dancer
Miss V Williams
L Treadwell
10st 0lbs
50 - 1
6 lengths
N J Henderson
M Foley
10st 0lbs
66 - 1
1 length
J M Jefferson
T J Dreaper
10st 10lbs
33 - 1
10 lengths
Jacks Craic
J L Spearing
Tony Evans
10st 3lbs
12 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
Pablo Du Charmil
D Pipe
T Scudamore
10st 10lbs
6 - 1
Short Head
R Lee
T Doyle
10st 0lbs
25 - 1
1 length
Croix De Guerre
P J Hobbs
T J O'Brien
10st 0lbs
50 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
E Sheehy
M J Darcy
10st 6lbs
40 - 1
6 lengths
M J P O'Brien
A E Lynch
10st 4lbs
100 - 1
1 1/4 length
Demi Beau
Evan Williams
Paul Moloney
10st 11lbs
12 - 1
P F Nicholls
S Thomas
11st 12lbs
20 - 1
C Byrnes
D G Hogan
10st 0lbs
20 - 1
Non Runner
Cossack Dancer
M Bradstock
Matthew Batchelor
10st 0lbs



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 country.

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.



2006-WINNER-GREENHOPE 8-10-11 Owner-Lynn & Giles Wilson, Martin Landau; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Andrew Tinkler; SP-20/1
2ND-Tiger Cry 8-10-13 Owner-Chris Jones; Trainer-Arthur Moore IRE; Jockey-David Casey; SP-6/1
3RD-Madison Du Berlais 5-10-04 Owner-Roger Stanley & Yvonne Reynolds; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-11/1
4TH-Nyrche 6-11-02 Owner-Tony & Jeni Fisher; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-20/1
23 ran, Time-3m 55.90s; Dist: 2, 1, 1.25 4/1 Fav Andreas (Fell)

2005-WINNER-FOTA ISLAND 9-10-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Mouse Morris IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-7/1
2ND-Bambi De L’Orme 6-10-00 Owner-Mr & Mrs John Poynton; Trainer-Ian Williams; Jockey-Graham Lee; SP-16/1
3RD-Caracciola 8-10-12 Owner-Piers Pottinger; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Marcus Foley; SP-16/1
4TH-Tysou 8-10-06 Owner-Bill Brown; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-10/1
24 ran, Time-4m 03.40s; Dist: 5, 1, 1 9/2 Fav L’Ange Au Ciel (14th)

2004-WINNER-ST PIRRAN 9-10-01 Owner-Graham Roach; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-4/1 Fav
2ND-Ground Ball 7-10-05 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Charlie Swan IRE; Jockey-David Casey; SP-10/1
3RD-Reiziger 8-9-11 Owner-D Jones & B Thomas; Trainer-Venetia Williams; Jockey-Paddy Brennan; SP-33/1
4TH-No Visibility 9-10-00 Owner-David Moon; Trainer-Robert Alner; Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-14/1
21 ran, Time-4m 5.90s; Dist- 2.5, 7, 9

2003-WINNER-PALARSHAN 5-10-00 Owner-Mrs A L Wood; Trainer-Henry Daly; Jockey-Mark Bradburne; SP-8/1
2ND-Risk Accessor 8-10-01 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Christy Roche IRE; Jockey-Seamus Durack; SP-20/1
3RD-Dark’n Sharp 8-11-02 Owner-Ascot Five Plus One; Trainer-Richard Phillips; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-13/2
4TH-Vol Solitaire 5-10-08 Owner-Barry Marshall; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-13/2
21 ran, Time-3m 58.60s; Dist-3, .75, .75 6/1 Fav Ross Moff (5th)

2002-WINNER-FADOUDAL DU COCHET 9-10-00 Owner-Sir Anthony O’Reilly; Trainer-Arthur Moore IRE; Jockey-David Casey; SP-6/1
2ND-Exit Swinger 7-11-00 Owner-Sandicroft Stud Syndicate; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-4/1 Fav
3RD-Dark ‘n Sharp 7-10-00 Owner-Ascot Five Plus One; Trainer-Richard Phillips; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-13/2
4TH-Logician 11-10-01 Owner-Robert Roulston; Trainer-Ian Balding; Jockey-Barry Keniry; SP-20/1
18 ran, Time-4m 5.20s; Dist-.75, 3, 5

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
2ND-Green Green Desert 9-10-13 Owner-Angela Tincknell; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Joe Tizzard; SP-12/1
3RD-Aghawadda Gold 8-11-10 Owner-The Ivy Syndicate; Trainer-Tom Tate; Jockey-Russ Garrity; SP-10/1
4TH Clifton Beat 9-10-09 Owner-Martin St Quinton; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-14/1
16 ran, Time-3m 52.40s, Dist-4, hd, 9

1999-WINNER-SPACE TRUCKER 8-10-01 Owner Mrs Eileen Queally; Trainer-Jessica Harrington IRE; Jockey-Shay Barry; SP-7/2 Fav
2ND-Dines 7-10-08 Owner-T Chappell, Terry Curry, D Nichols & John Blackwell;Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-6/1
3RD-Hurricane Lamp 8-10-07 Owner-Fred & Sue Welch; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-16/1
15 ran Time-4m 4.1s, Dist-1.5, 1

1998-WINNER-EDREDON BLEU 6-11-06 Owner-Jim Lewis; Trainer-Henrietta Knight; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-7/2 Fav
2ND-Tidebrook 8-10-03 Owner-Richard Williams; Trainer-Kim Bailey; Jockey-Norman Williamson;SP-9/2
3RD-Cumbrian Challenge 9-11-10 Owner-Cumbrian Industrials Ltd; Trainer-Tim Easterby; Jockey-Lorcan Wyer; SP-16/1
4TH-Morstock 8-10-00 Owner-Mrs M Fairbairn; Trainer-Ron Hodges; Jockey-Tom Dascombe; SP-33/1
17 ran Time-3m 58.6s, Dist-3.5, 2.5, 4

1997-WINNER-UNCLE ERNIE 12-11-04 Owner-Lady Lloyd-Webber; Trainer-Jimmy FitzGerald; Jockey-Graham Bradley; SP-20/1
2ND-Elzoba 5-10-08 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-13/2
3RD-Perknapp 10-10-00 Owner-Mrs Seamus Purcell; Trainer-Tony Martin IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-25/1
16 ran, Time-4m 00.4s, Dist-2, 1 7/2 Fav Certainly Strong (8th)

1996-KIBREET 9-10-12 Owner-Terry Warner and Jill Emery; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Tony McCoy;SP-7/1
2ND-Easthorpe 8-10-12 Owner-Martin Broughton; Trainer-Henrietta Knight; Jockey-Jason Titley; SP-6/1
3RD-Uncle Ernie 11-11-03 Owner-Lady Lloyd Webber; Trainer-Jimmy FitzGerald; Jockey-Mark Dwyer; SP-12/1
13 ran, Time-4m 4.1s, Dist-4, 1.5 5/1 Fav Front Street (7th)

1995-WINNER-SOUND REVEILLE 7-10-10 Owner-Angela Abecassis; Trainer-Charlie Brooks; Jockey-Graham Bradley; SP-7/1
2ND-Auburn Castle 6-10-00 Owner-Rashleigh Arms Charlestown St Austell; Trainer-Oliver Sherwood; Jockey-Jamie Osborne; SP-7/2
3RD-Around The Horn 8-10-06 Owner-Pell-Mell Partners; Trainer-Josh Gifford; Jockey-Simon McNeill; SP-7/2
8 ran, Time-4m 17.1s, Dist-1.75, .25 3/1 Fav Thumbs Up (4th)

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