Mark Blandford's Next Sensation, trained by Michael Scudamore, finishes fourth in Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup Handicap at Cheltenham Festival

Sophie, Pat, Mark and Lucy Blandford were cheering on their charge.

Sophie, Pat, Mark and Lucy Blandford were cheering on their charge.

First published in Local Hereford Times: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

HEREFORDSHIRE charge Next Sensation has finished fourth in the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup Handicap at the Cheltenham Festival.

The seven-year-old, owned by Mark Blandford, trained by Michael Scudamore and ridden by Richard Johnson, led for almost the whole race.

Next Sensation, who had been bought through Brightwells, opened up a massive lead early on.

However, he was caught in the run-in to the line and eventually finished a respectable fourth, in another exciting finale, which rounded off the festival.

Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup Handicap result:

1. Savello (D N Russell) 16-1

2. Ned Buntline (P Carberry) 6-1 Jt Fav

3. Claret Cloak (N Fehily 6-1) Jt Fav

4. Next Sensation (Richard Johnson) 7-1

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