Monday 5 December 2016

HENDERSON IN SEVENTH HEAVEN

Published 16/03/2012 | 18:17

Alderwood is back on terms at the last
Alderwood is back on terms at the last
Bellvano and connections after winning the finale

Paul Carberry was at his best as Bellvano took the closing Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase.

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And in a race named in honour of his father, trainer Nicky Henderson trained both the winner and second Tanks For That to round off a truly sensational week in which he has saddled seven Cheltenham winners.

In a fitting conclusion, the winner also carried the JP McManus colours carried to victory earlier in the day by Synchronised and Alderwood.

Tanks For That (9/1) took the measure of the always-prominent Kumbeshwar at the second last but Carberry had still not moved a muscle on the eventual winner.

The 20/1 shot still have several lengths to find on the run-in but when Carberry asked his mount to respond the eight-year-old delivered, picking up well to beat his stable companion by two and a quarter lengths.

Kumbeshwar (16/1) plugged on for third with another of Henderson's runners Anquetta (33/1) landing each-way support in fourth.

A tearful Henderson said: "We've fielded quite a few of them, and three have finished in the first four.

"We've ran him here plenty of times - he's a very good horse - but this horse has never got up the hill before until now.

"It's been an amazing week and this is an emotional day."

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