• 17:15 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual 2m 110y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 7.60s
  • Off time: 17:16:23
17:15 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Pigeon Island 16/1
2nd French Opera 10/1
3rd Consigliere (FR) 16/1
4th Cornas (NZ) 16/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 356-111 Dark blue, emerald green hoop, quartered cap French Opera 97
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-12 N J Henderson D Bass (7) 154 10/111.00
2 332-223 Emerald Green, Yellow spots, Yellow and Emerald Green halved sleeves, Purple cap Free World (FR) 41
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 11-11 P F Nicholls R Walsh 153 7/18.00
3 4-F2315 Purple, Yellow chevrons, Purple sleeves, Yellow cap, Purple star Cornas (NZ) 55
Distance Winner
8 11-8 Nick Williams D A Jacob 150 16/117.00
4 1-88275 Red and Grey (quartered), hooped sleeves Tartak (FR) 41
7 11-6 T R George R Thornton 148 12/113.00
5 41-4212 YELLOW, BLACK chevron, check cap Oiseau de Nuit (FR) 41
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-3 C L Tizzard Giles Hawkins (5) 145 8/19.00
7 0-31623 Navy Blue, Gold braid Consigliere (FR) 27
Distance Winner
7 11-3 bt D Pipe T Scudamore 145 16/117.00
10 6244/66 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Lennon (IRE) 41
Distance Winner
10 11-0 J Howard Johnson D F O'Regan 142 20/121.00
11 1F/1F13 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Nomecheki (FR) 39
Distance Winner
8 10-12 N J Gifford L Treadwell 140 20/121.00
12 300204 Emerald Green and White check, Emerald Green sleeves, White armlets and star on cap Moon Over Miami (GER) 19
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 10-12 bt C J Mann J M Maguire 140 20/121.00
13 11-1131 White, black cap You're The Top (FR) 22
Distance Winner
6 10-11 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 139 13/27.50
14 1121-69 YELLOW, PURPLE hoops and armlets, hooped cap Pepsyrock (FR) 41
Distance Winner
7 10-9 N J Henderson A P McCoy 137 16/117.00
15 434-166 EMERALD GREEN, WHITE stars, EMERALD GREEN cap, WHITE star Tramantano 97
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
11 10-7 b N A Twiston-Davies T Molloy (3) 135 33/134.00
16 32-1580 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Beggars Cap (IRE) 41
Distance Winner
8 10-7 Ferdy Murphy G Lee 135 16/117.00
19 8224-42 Red, Black diamond, Red sleeves, Yellow diamonds, Black cap, Red diamonds Nikola (FR) 126
Distance Winner
9 10-5 N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies (7) 133 28/129.00
20 354243 Black and White check, White sleeves, Black armlets Safari Journey (USA) 97
Distance Winner
6 10-5 P J Hobbs R Flint 133 12/113.00
21 212213 White, Dark Blue stars and sleeves, Red cap Russian Flag (FR) 27
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
7 10-4 N B King Alex Merriam (3) 132 25/126.00
22 2-02586 RED, WHITE chevron and armlets, striped cap Calatagan (IRE) 41
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
11 10-4 J M Jefferson P Kinsella 132 50/151.00
23 5-2U111 White, Emerald Green cross belts, Emerald Green cap Fighting Chance (IRE) 30
Distance Winner
10 10-2 R Lee R Johnson (ex3) 130 10/111.00
24 F222F5 EMERALD GREEN, WHITE stars, EMERALD GREEN cap, WHITE star Pigeon Island 34
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 10-1 b N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 129 16/117.00
Non runners
664U5-34Lord Henry (IRE)1111-3P J HobbsR Johnson145
8141-112Tataniano (FR)611-2P F NichollsNick Scholfield144
957-1211Green Belt Elite (FR)611-1Miss V WilliamsAidan Coleman143
171500-1ULeo's Lucky Star (USA)810-7D PipeNon Runner135
181-41531Sunnyhillboy (IRE)710-6Jonjo O'NeillR P McLernon134


A wonderful handicap to round off the week and it is FRENCH OPERA who can win the race named in honour of trainer Nicky Henderson's father, chiefly at the main expense of Oiseau De Nuit and Tataniano. Despite top-weight, the selection has a solid chance here after a series of wins before Christmas. He is a horse who seems to have progressed well for a solid surface and with ground conditions ideal and a good young jockey easing his burden by 7lbs, the feeling is he should run well. Free World doesn't have much to find with him on his run here in December but is becoming furstarting for win backers, Cornas will appreicate the drop in grade, whilst Tartak has a bit to prove after his last two starts. Oiseau De Nuit ran a blinder behind Kalahari King at Doncaster last time nad evidently gets on well with his new jockey Giles Hawkins, Congiliere tends to bash the odd fence, whilst Tataniano is a proven course runner and looks the pick of the Paul Nicholls runners despite Ruby jumping ship. Green Belt Elite is on the upgrade but his mark of 143 looks high enough, a comment that could also apply to Nomecheki, whilst You're The Top is progressive and looks a more likely lad than his stablemate Pepsyrock. Beggars Cap may have been aimed at this race for quite a while and needs a market check, as does Russian Flag who should appreciate hte better ground this afternoon. Fighting Chance has gone from strength to strength this season having previously had his problems, however a 16lb higher mark makes life tough. Sunnyhillboy would be interesting if quickly turned out after a fine run yesterday, however preference in this curtain closer is for top-weight French Opera.