Nicky Henderson – Trainer Profile

Nicky Henderson
License: UK and Ireland

Date of Birth:

Lambourn, Berkshire

UK and Ireland

Notable Horses:
Peace And Co, Whisper, Rajdhani Express

Titles Awarded:
Champion Trainer (2004, 2006, 2009)

Biggest Wins:
  • £68,340: JCB Triumph Hurdle Grade 1 Mar 13, 2015
  • £67,582: Silver Cross Stayers´ Hurdle (Registered as The Liverpool Hurdle Race) (Grade 1) Apr 11, 2015
  • £67,356: Crabbie´s Topham Chase (Handicap) (Grade 3) Apr 10, 2015

About Nicky Henderson

Nicky Henderson is quite simply one of the great National Hunt racehorse trainers of the modern era.

63-year-old Henderson has been a licensed trainer since way back in 1978 and for the vast majority of that period has been close to or right at the top of the sport. The Eton College and Sandhurst-educated son of respected trainer Johnny Henderson has been champion jumps trainer three times; landing the title in successive seasons in 1985-86 and 1986-87, before finding himself playing second fiddle to the likes of Martin Pipe, David Nicholson, and Paul Nicholls for the following quarter of a century, only to bounce back to regain the crown following a sparkling 2012-13 campaign.

Outgoing and seen very much as ‘man of the people’ despite his slightly posh public schoolboy accent, Henderson is much loved by most British racing fans being a man who very much wears his heart on his sleeve and is regularly reduced to tears of joy when his beloved star performers land the top prizes in the game.

Henderson’s first real star horse arrived in the mid 1980’s and confirmed him as one of the shrewdest operators in the business. See You Then, a horse with fragile legs who stood only a limited amount of training, was brilliantly handled to land a hattrick of Champion Hurdle wins between 1985 – 87, gaining a tremendous fan club of admirers along the way for him and his popular jockey Steve Smith-Eccles.

Henderson has been based at Seven Barrows Stables in Upper Lambourn, Berkshire, in the south of England throughout his trainer career and has been privileged to handle some of the most popular horses of recent times. The likes of Remittance Man, Travado, and Katarino were stable standard bearers through the 1990’s, while the following decade saw more jumping stars pass through Henderson’s hands; Tiutchev, Landing Light, Marlborough, Punjabi, and Binocular, all flew the flag for the Henderson team before the current decade saw a veritable flood of star names that carried the now veteran handler back to the very top of the tree.

Cheltenham Gold Cup winners Long Run and Bobs Worth, Champion Chase winner’s Finian’s Rainbow and the great Sprinter Sacre, top hurdlers My Tent or Yours, Darlan, and Beat That, as well as other stars such as Simonsig, Captain Conan, and Riverside Theatre, saw Henderson rocket back to regain the training crown.

The Seven Barrows handler has a fine overall strike rate of around 25% per season over the last 10 years, but is particularly worth following when sending his runners to the following British tracks: at Newcastle he has an amazing 75% winning percentage, 67% at Kelso, 46% at Huntingdon, 44% at Leicester, 42% at Fontwell, and 40% at both Newton Abbot and Fontwell [1].

Henderson has forged a potent partnership with top Irish jumps jockey Barry Geraghty over the last decade and overall the pair have a terrific 29% winning strike-rate. Champion jockey Tony McCoy is the second most called upon jockey and has an even better winning percentage of 36%, while other riders to note when riding Henderson’s horses are the amateur Sam Waley-Cohen (30%), Nico de Boinville (26%), and Paul Carberry (25%).

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