Looking at Nicky Henderson’s current team of talent it can only strike fear into the hearts of his competitors as the Master of Seven Barrows looks to land a sixth trainers title in his 41st season with a trainer’s licence.
Henderson almost took the comparable Holy Grail of Jump racing when Buveur D’Air took the Champion Hurdle, Altior landed the Queen Mother Champion Chase but Might Bite was denied the Gold Cup at Cheltenham last March by only the lion-hearted Native River.
Those three will be ready to do battle once more and are likely to be focused on taking that route again and there plenty more in the Seven Barrows team that could emerge from the shadows and make their mark in top company this term. Henderson’s 141 winners landed a personal best prize money total of £3.5million and there will few betting on him bettering that total with horses that can only have jump purists purring with delight.
Nicky kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about those he hopes can keep him at the top of his profession once more.