Johnny Henderson Grand Annual – Distance: 2 miles 110 yards – Winning Time: 4:07.6

Nigel Twiston-Davies was unable to contain his joy when his charge Pigeon Island raced to victory in the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual; the trainer’s third win of the day. It is another win for jockey Paddy Brennan, who has had a fantastic Cheltenham Festival in all respects.
Pigeon Island, who was an absolute outsider in this race with 40-1 odds, displayed incredible will power and strength when he overpowered Henderson-trained French Opera and Pipe-trained Consigliere. The seven-year-old’s stable mates, Tramantano and Nikola, did not have quite as good a time. Nikola, ridden by Twiston-Davies’ son Sam, made seventh; Tramantano, under Tony Molloy, pulled up and did not finish the race.

Place Horse Age Trainer Jockey Odds
1 Pigeon Island 7 N Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 40-1
2 French Opera 7 N J Henderson D Bass 10-1
3 Consigliere 7 D E Pipe T Scudamore 16-1
4 Cornas 8 N Williams D Jacob 16-1
5 Tartak 7 T George R Thornton 12-1
6 Safari Journey 6 P Hobbs R Flint 20-1
7 Nikola 9 N Twiston-Davies Mr S Twiston-Davies 40-1
8 Nomecheki 8 N Gifford L Treadwell 25-1
9 Lennon 10 J H Johnson D F O’regan 33-1
10 Free World 6 P F Nicholls R Walsh 10-1
11 Pepsyrock 7 N J Henderson A P McCoy 16-1
12 Calatagan 11 J Jefferson P Kinsella 40-1
NR Tataniano 6 P F Nicholls N Scholfield 8-1
NR Green Belt Elite 6 Miss V Williams A Coleman 10-1
PU You’re The Top 6 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 10-1
PU Oiseau De Nuit 8 C Tizzard G Hawkins 11-1
NR Sunnyhillboy 7 Jonjo O’Neill R P Mclernon 12-1
PU Fighting Chance 10 R Lee S Durrack 14-1
PU Beggars Cap 8 F Murphy G Lee 16-1
PU Moon Over Miami 9 C Mann J M Maguire 28-1
PU Russian Flag 7 N King A Merriam 28-1
NR Lord Henry 11 P Hobbs R Johnson 40-1
PU Tramantano 11 N Twiston-Davies T Molloy 40-1

PU = Pulled Up; NR = Non Runner

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