To wrap up an outstanding final day for owner JP McManus and four-day meeting for Nicky Henderson, Bellvano took the closing Johnny Henderson Grand Annual, named after the winning trainer’s late father.
Tanks For That, also from the Seven Barrows stable of Henderson, bounded clear approaching the last, but Paul Carberry, at his brilliant and most confident best, was still holding on to the quirky Bellvano (20-1) and he delivered his mount to hit the front just five strides from the line.
As well as the first-two home, Anquetta, who finished fourth, hails from the yard of Henderson, who previously won the race with Greenhope back in 2006.
It was the trainer’s seventh winner of the week.
A tearful winning handler said: “We’ve fielded quite a few of them, and three have finished in the first four.
“We’ve ran him (Bellvano) 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.”
Malcolm Jefferson had to wait 17 years between his second and third Festival winners, but just 24 hours after Cape Tribulation lifted the Pertemps Final, Attaglance (20-1) scooted up the hill to land the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.
Ridden by the rejuvenated Harry Haynes, Attaglance loves top of the ground and showed a rare turn of foot to beat Toner D’Oudairies by a neck.
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