Nicky Henderson Excited By Festival Team With One Week To Go

Yesterday we sat down with leading British trainer Nicky Henderson and asked him some quizzing questions about his festival team and leading fancies for the four day meeting at the Cheltenham Festival.

last night we attended the Unibet Cheltenham preview night which included guest speakers of Jessica Harrington, Nicky Henderson, Paddy Brennan and Adrian Heskin.

We sat down with all of them to get an insight into there thoughts ahead the up and coming four day festival at Prestbury Park and all of there interviews can be found on our website.

Henderson was one of the key speakers on the night with the trainer having landed 60 races at the festival and this year is taking one of his strongest teams for many years having currently six favourites across the 28 races.

Getting an insight into the trainers horses is something that benefits the racing population and especially punters as without this you are betting blind and can only get a definitive answer about the exact horse you want to know about it from the person that looks after it every day of the year.

The leading trainers superstar Altior was one of the obvious hot topics of conversation being most punters biggest banker of the week at such a short price of 4/9.


He is set to run in the Champion Chase where he will be looking to retain his title and also extend his unbeaten run over obstacles to 18 races.

This time last year Altior was very much a doubt for the festival being found with a problem with one of his legs but the superstar, as he always does, put in a sterling performance to take home the glory and Henderson has confirmed he is thriving at home.

In this interview, that was very much a quick-fire stable tour with the trainer, his range of J P McManus owned horses were also at the top of the agenda.

The owner and Henderson have sparked up a thriving relationship over the last few years which this season see's him having many of his horses at Seven Barrows.

Champ is one of those horses and is Henderson's leading fancy in the Ballymore Novices Hurdle this year. He is said to be in great form ahead of his Grade 1 bid and the trainer explained what his plans for the future were with the horses named after A P McCoy.

His leading fancy in the Grade 2 Mares Novice Hurdle on the Thursday of the festival in Epatante is a horse that her trainer is really fond of and in what looks a hot race this time around he sends four but admitted she is the one who he likes the most.

This interview was in depth and very precise as for the majority of his horses he gave us the races they will be heading into at the festival this year. Enjoy below.