Having trained over 2000 winners, including being the first to train 50 and then 60 winners at the Cheltenham National Hunt Festival, Nicky Henderson, the four times champion trainer (soon to be 5 times), needs no introduction.
Born in 1950, Henderson was expected to follow in his father’s footsteps and pursue a career in the City. His father, a stockbroker, was also a director of Barclays Bank and a member of the Jockey Club, but it was more his father’s horse racing passion that Henderson inherited than the office life.
Henderson started training in 1978 having been assistant to the illustrious Fred Winter and in 1992, moved to Seven Barrows with its private gallops which have produced so many historic winners in the past. He now trains over 150 horses at his Lambourn base and the stable goes from strength to strength, the highlight being 7 Cheltenham Festival winners in 2012. Since his move to Seven Barrows, at Cheltenham alone, he has won 7 Champion Hurdles, 5 Queen Mother Champion Chases and 2 Gold Cups.
In the last year alone, Nicky has had 130 winners from 479 runners at a remarkable 27% strike rate, claiming over £3 million in prize money in the process. It is safe to say that his winning ways will continue.