Bio: Nicholas John “Nicky” Henderson worked as assistant trainer to Fred Winter before taking out a training licence, in his own right, in 1978. He won the National Hunt Trainers’ Championship for the first time in 1985/86 and has since won the trainers’ title four more times, including in 2016/17 and 2017/18.
In fact, the 2017/18 season was his most successful ever, in pecuniary terms, with over £3.4 million in prize money. In July, 2018, nearly 40 years after he saddled his first winner, Dukery, at Uttoxeter in October, 1978, Henderson reached 3,000 career winners when Brave Eagle landed odds of 4/9 in a beginners’ chase at Worcester.
Based at Seven Barrows in Lambourn, near Hungerford, Berkshire since 1992, Henderson has an outstanding record at Cheltenham and was, until 2018, the most successful trainer ever at the Cheltenham Festival. He was finally caught, and passed, by Willie Mullins on the final day of the 2018 Festival but, even so, he remains a close second in the all-time table with 60 winners. His sequence began with the victory of See You Then in the Champion Hurdle in 1985 and he has since won that race six more times, the Queen Mother Champion Chase five times, the Stayers’ Hurdle twice and the Cheltenham Gold Cup twice.