Nicky Henderson, British National Hunt trainer

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  • Nicky Henderson was born on 10 December 1950. He is one of Britain and Ireland’s leading National Hunt trainers.

    He is the son of the prolific racing personality Johnny Henderson who founded the Racecourse Holdings Trust (now the Jockey Club Racecourses) and is famously known as the man who “saved Cheltenham” in the early sixties.

    Before starting his career as a National Hunt trainer Nicky was a successful amateur jockey and assistant to trainer Fred Winter for four years, before taking out his own trainer’s licence in 1978.

    His first major win came in the 1985 Champion Hurdle with See You Then. See You Then won the race twice more in 1986 and 1987. He still remains one of only five horses to win the Champion Hurdle three times. More recently Henderson has won the Champion Hurdle with Punjabi in 2009 and Binocular in 2010.

    Arguably his greatest feat was training the six-year-old Long Run to win the King George and Gold Cup in the same season (2010-11).

    Other notable wins include the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 1992 with Remittance Man and again in 2012 with Finian’s Rainbow, the 2009 JCB Triumph Hurdle with Zaynar, the 2012 Arkle Challenge Trophy with Sprinter Sacre and the 2000 World Hurdle with Bacchanal.

    He is the most successful trainer at the Cheltenham Festival having won 46 races, seven in 2012 alone.

    He was champion National Hunt trainer in the 1985/86 and 1986/87 seasons.

    He trains at Seven Barrows in Lambourn.

    Henderson is yet to train a winner of the Grand National.

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