Henderson Cruises To 100 Seasonal Winners In Rapid Time

Leading British trainer Nicky Henderson has already managed to reach 100 winners for the season for the 11th consecutive season in a row. He did this when Downtown Getaway landed the last race of the day to give the Seven Barrows trainer a four timer.

This win at Ascot followed Altior's seven length demolition of the other two horses in the Grade 1 Clarence House Chase, the other two victories came from Taunton with Before Midnight scoring nicely and Mister Fisher taking the Supreme Trial race at Haydock.

The trainer has gained this remarkable accolade for the 11th straight season but what is different about this terms triumph is how quick he has done it and at a high of a 31 percent strike rate for the season.

Even though his rival Paul Nicholls is still ahead of him in the trainers championship Henderson will be sure to be up there if not winning it come the end of the season.

(Credit Racing Post) Henderson said:"I think that's our quickest hundred.

"I can remember one of my first coming at Easter one year.

"It is amazing as we got going late this year with the weather and we are still waiting for proper rain, then it will be full steam ahead for the rest of the season.

Henderson has been shortened to 1/5 to take the title at the end of the season and the run up to the Cheltenham Festival will be key for the trainer as he is known for how much time he gives his horses before going there.

With this he is looking to get some key runs in early and his dual Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D'Air is set to go to Sandown to compete in the Contenders Hurdle which he has won for the last two years at Sandown in two weeks time.

The trainer, whose best effort for winners was 167 in the 2011-12 season, said: "It's nice to get it done but it slightly feels like we are only half way through the season with the ground we have had and almost certainly we have run less to get to the 100.

"I don't set targets but always like to beat previous totals. Numbers are important and so are the wins for the lesser guys as it's important for them to have their days and winning a moderate race with a moderate horse gives me as much pleasure."

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