Nicky Henderson is the all-time leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival with 46 successes after gaining a record seven successes last year. 

Twice the winner of the Jump trainers' championships, in 1985/86 and 1986/87, he has sent out approaching 2,500 winners and is hot favourite to capture another trainers' title this season.

As the Cheltenham Festival 2013 approaches he said: "We all hope for a really good week, great weather and excellent ground while, as always, there will be fantastic racing.

"The Festival is not only the pinnacle of our year but it is one of the highlights of the whole racing and sporting calendar.

"I would settle for one winner – you don't dare hope for more but you don't want the dreaded blank. Anything that comes along is gratefully received. The best thing is to have a winner on the first day and it is amazing then how confidence grows – I don't know why as it won't make the other horses go any faster but at least it gives everybody confidence."

Born – Lambeth, London, on 10 December, 1950

Background – The son of financier and amateur jockey John Henderson MBE, who founded the Racecourse Holdings Trust, the forerunner for Jockey Club Racecourses, Nicky was educated at Eton and the Royal Agricultural College. He worked for stockbrokers Cazenove in London and Australia, where he gained experience riding work at Randwick, before devoting himself full-time to racing.

First made his name in Britain as an amateur rider, finishing runner-up three times in the non-professional championship. Main wins as a jockey came on Happy Warrior in the 1977 Fox Hunters Chase at Aintree and on Acquaint in Sandown's Imperial Cup in the same year. Recorded his 78th and final win on Rolls Rambler in the Horse & Hound Cup at Stratford in June, 1978.

He became assistant trainer to Fred Winter in 1974 and received his own training licence in July, 1978, taking over from Roger Charlton at Windsor House Stables in Lambourn. Moved to Seven Barrows, to the north of the village, in 1992.

First Winner As A Trainer – Dukery at Uttoxeter, 14 October, 1978.

Pictured with Sprinter Sacre. Photograph by Ian Yates www.eyewhy.co.uk

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL WINS

William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle (1986 River Ceiriog, 1992 Flown)
Racing Post Arkle Trophy Chase (1991 Remittance Man, 1993 Travado, 2000 Tiutchev, 2012 Sprinter Sacre)
JLT Speciality Handicap Chase (2000 Marlborough)
Stan James Champion Hurdle (1985, 1986 & 1987 See You Then, 2009 Punjabi, 2010 Binocular)
Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle (2012 Simonsig)
RSA Chase (2005 Trabolgan, 2012 Bobs Worth)
Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase (1992 Remittance Man, 2012 Finian's Rainbow)
Coral Cup (2010 Spirit River)
Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (2012 Une Artiste)
Ryanair Chase (2006 Fondmort, 2012 Riverside Theatre)
Ladbrokes World Hurdle (1989 Rustle, 2000 Bacchanal)
Byrne Group Plate (1985 & 1986 The Tsarevich, 2005 Liberthine, 2006 Non So)
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase (1990 Master Bob, 2002 The Bushkeeper, 2005 Juveigneur)
JCB Triumph Hurdle (1985 First Bout, 1987 Alone Success, 1999 Katarino, 2009 Zaynar, 2010 Soldatino)
Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle (1993 Thumbs Up, 1997 Barna Boy)
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle (2011 Bobs Worth)
Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup (2011 Long Run)
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (2009 Andytown)
Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase (2006 Greenhope, 2012 Bellvano)
Cathcart Chase (1990 Brown Windsor, 1994 Raymylette, 1999 & 2000 Stormyfairweather)

OTHER BIG RACE WINS INCLUDE
JUMP RACING: Ascot Chase (2001 Tiutchev, 2011 & 2012 Riverside Theatre), bet365 Gold Cup (1989 Brown Windsor), Betfair Hurdle (1998 Sharpical, 2000 & 2004 Geos, 2001 Landing Light), Christmas Hurdle (2000 Geos, 2001 Landing Light, 2010 & 2011 Binocular, 2012 Darlan), Feltham Novices' Chase (1990 Sparkling Flame, 1991 Mutare, 1997 Fiddling The Facts, 2000 Bacchanal, 2009 Long Run), Fighting Fifth Hurdle (2001 Landing Light, 2008 Punjabi), Hennessy Gold Cup (2005 Trabolgan, 2012 Bobs Worth), International Hurdle (2000 Geos, 2008 Binocular & 2011 Grandouet), John Smith's Melling Chase (1992 Remittance Man, 2012 Finian's Rainbow), John Smith's Aintree Hurdle (2011 & 2012 Oscar Whisky), King George VI Chase (2010 & 2012 Long Run), Paddy Power Gold Cup (2003 Fondmort), Victor Chandler Chase (1996 Big Matt, 2004 Isio, 2006 Tysou, 2013 Sprinter Sacre).

FLAT RACING: Queen Alexandra Stakes (2009 Caracciola), Ascot Handicap (2011 Veiled), Cesarewitch (2003 Landing Light, 2008 Caracciola). 

 

Nicky Henderson's Cheltenham preparations

 

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