The final day of the 2016/2017 jumps season ended on a crest of a wave, rounded off by an all-the-way success for the Peter Bowen-trained Henllan Harri in the Bet365 Gold Cup.

With a starting SP of 40/1, the son of King’s Theatre led his dozen rivals from flag fall setting an even pace in the hands of Sean Bowen.

After negotiating the railway fences well, he was a length-and-a-half clear of Nicky Henderson’s Sugar Baron and Theatre Guide.

Coming to the second last, Henllan Harri was still over a length clear with closers from the back trying to get involved.

Barely half-a-length clear after the last, he kept battling up the hill drifting to the far side and managed to hold off the late charge of Vyta Du Roc.

For Bowen junior, his good recent record in the race goes on after landing the three mile and five furlong contest two years ago aboard the Paul Nicholls-trained Just A Par.

“He’s held on well and I think the easy lead has probably helped him,” reflected Sean Bowen.

“He was able to do what he does best pop out in front on his own. He’s picked up well so we can’t complain. I wasn’t convinced he would get the three and a half. It’s helped that we’ve had ten stone up that hill.”

By far his most accomplished performance over fences, Henllan Harri had gained a reputation as a Ffos Las specialist having won at the West Wales venue on three occasions.

Bowen senior said: “He’s given it a fantastic ride. I thought the grey horse had beaten him.

He’s picked up well so we can’t complain

“That’s given us 40 winners that’ll do us now we’re delighted.”

Earlier in the afternoon, Altior rubber stamped Henderson’s name on the trainers’ title when running out an impressive winner of the Grade 1 Bet365 Celebration Chase.

Having travelled and jumped well under Nico De Boinville, the seven-year-old skipped past champion chaser Special Tiara between the last two flights and bounded up the hill to score by eight-lengths.