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Nicky Henderson Future Entries For Today, Tomorrow & The Grand National

Nicky Henderson is a veteran English horse trainer who has enjoyed success at the highest level since starting his training career in 1978. There are very few major British National Hunt races that Nicky hasn’t won, and his training career has been connected to some of the greatest racehorses of all time. This page is dedicated to the six-time champion trainer, and provides all of the information on Nicky Henderson’s entries for today’s racing action. It also informs you on which Nicky Henderson runners are set to line up for tomorrow’s racing, as well as giving you some Nicky Henderson horses for big races in the future.

Nicky Henderson Grand National Runners

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Nicky Henderson Runners Today

If you are looking for Nicky Henderson’s runners for today’s racing, then look no further. We have Nicky Henderson’s entries for today right here, with live, updated betting markets from all the best horse racing betting sites and betting apps in the UK. If you think one of Nicky Henderson’s runners for today looks like a sure thing, why not use some of our free bet offers to line your pockets?

Nicky Henderson Runners Tomorrow

As soon as declarations are made and Nicky Henderson’s entries for tomorrow are confirmed, you can find all of his runners and what price they are on horse racing betting sites here. Keep your eyes peeled for any moves in our live, updated markets and make your bets early to avoid missing out on the value.

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Nicky Henderson Future Runners

Nicky Henderson will, of course, have laid out future plans for some of his stable stars for the season ahead, and you can check out a list of his future runners and their respective targets right here. Our ante post horse racing markets are updated regularly, and it goes without saying that you should always take an early price on Nicky Henderson’s future runners if you think there is value to be had. Henderson’s runners are regularly backed early for upcoming races, particularly at the big festivals.

Nicky Henderson has a fantastic record at the Cheltenham Festival and has particularly enjoyed huge success in both the Champion Hurdle and Triumph Hurdle, with eight and seven wins respectively. In fact, it was the three-time Champion Hurdle winner, See You Then, that really put Nicky Henderson’s name on the map back in the '80s. In more recent times, he has won three of the last six renewals, so it is always worth a look at which horses Henderson goes to war with in the prestigious race.

Nicky Henderson also likes to target big races like the King George VI Chase and the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton over the festive season, and he always goes big with his team of stars at the Aintree Grand National meeting, although, incredibly, he has never actually won the big one. He also has a special affinity with the Punchestown Festival in Ireland and is one of few British trainers to target the meeting. If Nicky Henderson sends one across the Irish Sea, it is sure to have a strong chance.

Check out all of the ante post horse racing betting for Nicky Henderson’s festival fancies right here, as we bring you the best prices from the best horse racing betting sites and betting apps in the UK.

Nicky Henderson Horses To Follow

In this section, our experts are going to highlight some of Nicky Henderson’s horses to follow in the big races in the season to come. We will also provide current ante post horse racing odds for all of the horses mentioned, so you can get your bets on early if you like what you hear.

We start, of course, with the Cheltenham Festival – the Holy Grail of the National Hunt scene. As mentioned above, Nicky Henderson has a fantastic record in the Champion Hurdle, and he has a really strong chance of adding to his tally of eight wins in the race with current ante-post favourite Constitution Hill. Unbeaten in three racecourse starts, Constitution Hill absolutely blitzed the field in last season’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, bounding up the hill to win by an eased down 22 lengths. A similar performance would surely see him go close, although he may have to take on the superstar Irish mare Honeysuckle.

Second to Constitution Hill in last season’s Supreme was his stablemate Jonbon, and now that the imposing J.P McManus-owned six-year-old is due to go chasing, he could be a horse to follow very closely this season. Anything he achieved over hurdles – which was quite a lot – was always going to be a bonus, and he must now be a great bet for all of the Grade 1 Novice Chases across the calendar. He currently heads the market for the Arkle, but there is also a chance that he may step up in trip for the Turners Novices' Chase over 2m4f.

The brilliant Shishkin seems to be the apple of Nicky Henderson’s eye, but the former Supreme Novices’ and Arkle winner now has something to prove after an underwhelming performance in last season’s Champion Chase. Once again, he is high in the betting for the 2m chasing showpiece, but we must trust that last season’s performance was merely a blip. Do you think he can bounce back? Keep an eye on our ante post horse racing markets for any eye-catching moves.

One of the more interesting Nicky Henderson horses for the season may be Buzz. Not seen since winning the Ascot Hurdle, he also won the Cesarewitch on the flat last year, so a step up to three miles might be right up his street. He could be a value ante-post bet for this season’s Stayers’ Hurdle.

All of the horses mentioned above will have big targets earlier in the season, so it is worth checking the big race ante-post betting markets. Nicky Henderson has a brilliant record in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, so it is likely that Constitution Hill or Epatante will head there, before his/her trip to Cheltenham. Shishkin will likely go for the Tingle Creek at Sandown in December, but there is an intriguing chance that he may tackle three miles for the first time in the King George VI Chase at Kempton over Christmas. Wouldn’t that be something?

Nicky Henderson Horses for Cheltenham

Most of Nicky Henderson’s horses for the Cheltenham Festival have been mentioned above, but to give another synopsis, you can expect to see the likes of Shishkin, Constitution Hill, Jonbon and Buzz being readied for the biggest four days in the National Hunt season. Others that have not been mentioned include the 2021 Marsh Novices’ Chase winner Chantry House, who may take a second crack at the Gold Cup before a tilt at the Grand National at Aintree. Last season’s Stayers’ Hurdle fourth and former RSA Chase winner, Champ, is another to deserve a mentionIt will be interesting to see if the thorough stayer will stick to hurdles or revert back to fences for the season ahead.

Constitution Hill is seen by many as the banker of the Festival  in the Champion Hurdle, whilst last season’s Mares’ Hurdle winner Marie's Rock will more than likely look to defend her title. Fusil Raffles and First Street are two horses to keep an eye out for in the big handicaps.

Nicky Henderson Horses for the Grand National 2024

 Given that Nicky Henderson is still to register a win in the Aintree showpiece, supporters may not be eager to throw their cash at any of the veteran trainer’s runners. This year could be different, however, as Henderson will fancy his chances of breaking the hoodoo with the classy Chantry House. There could also be a surprise runner in Champ, if he reverts to fences after a good campaign in staying hurdles races last year.

Nicky Henderson Biography

Nicky Henderson was born in Broxburn, Scotland, in 1950, and after being educated at Eton College, he embarked on a career in the horse racing industry, firstly as an amateur jockey, and then as assistant trainer to the legendary, Fred Winter. At the age of 28, Henderson began training from the now infamous Seven Barrows Yard in Berkshire, and has since gone on to forge an incredible training career. Henderson has been Champion British trainer on six occasions and has amassed a British trainer record of 72 Cheltenham Festival wins. He has also enjoyed major victories in almost all of National Hunt’s biggest races, including three King George VI Chases and 10 Christmas hurdles at Kempton, two Tingle Creeks and five Celebration Chases at Sandown, and five Aintree Hurdles at the Grand National meeting. In fact, it is the Grand National itself that amazingly continues to elude the legendary trainer.

Another feature of Nicky Henderson’s training career is his loyalty to stable jockeys, of which he has had a few. Mick Fitzgerald was the first jockey to benefit greatly from the loyalty and support of Henderson, but sadly he was forced into retirement after a bad fall in the 2008 Grand National. After this, Nicky Henderson began a long and fruitful partnership with the brilliant Barry Geraghty, with whom he enjoyed tremendous success in the industry’s biggest races. In 2015, Geraghty would leave Seven Barrows to replace the retiring AP McCoy as retained rider for the powerful owner JP McManus, leaving Henderson with a conundrum on who would become his number one jockey.

Step forward Nico de Boinville, who had been a huge part of the set-up at Seven Barrows for many years. Nicky Henderson again showed incredible bravery and loyalty by promoting the young, and somewhat inexperienced de Boinville, to take the rides on what were some of the greatest horses of their generation at the time.

In the past, Nicky Henderson has been lucky enough to come across equine superstars including Sprinter Sacre, Long Run, Bob’s Worth, Buveur d’Air, Altior, and Simonsig, to name a few. In the past few seasons, Henderson has added to this list with the likes of Shiskin, Epatante, Jonbon, and Constitution Hill. It is the ability to teach, nurture, and protect these stable stars that has made Henderson one of the greatest trainers of all time. Although mother time may be catching up with the legend, having racehorses in his life keeps him young at heart.

As the man himself said recently, “My eyesight is getting very bad, but when I step into a stable with a horse, I see everything I need to see.”

Nicky Henderson FAQs

Where are Nicky Henderson’s stables?

Nicky Henderson’s horses are tuned up for action at the famous Seven Barrows yard near Lambourn, Berkshire. Lambourn is, of course, a world-famous horseracing hub and Nicky Henderson is just one name in a long list of famous trainers from the area. He moved to the yard in 1992 and has never looked back.

How many horses does Nicky Henderson train?

Nicky Henderson trains over 150 horses at his Seven Barrows yard at any given time. It is an incredible feat for a man of his age, and his passion for training shows no signs of slowing down. He trains for all of the major owners and has a close association with, J.P McManus, for who he has had much success.

What age is Nicky Henderson?

Nicky Henderson was born on the 10th December 1950, making him young at heart 71 years old. He has had an incredible career, first as an amateur jockey and then as assistant to the infamous trainer, Fred Winter. He started training himself at the age of 28 in 1978.

Is Nicky Henderson married?

Yes. Nicky Henderson has actually been married twice. After separating from his first wife, Diana, the trainer married for the second time in 2018. Recently, however, Henderson has reportedly rekindled his relationship with his first wife. The trainer has four children.

How much is Nicky Henderson worth?

Nicky Henderson is reported to be worth over £10 Million. This can be no surprise given the longevity of his training career and continued success in National Hunt’s biggest races. Training for the biggest owners in the industry is also a help.

Is Nicky Henderson Irish?

No. Nicky Henderson was actually born in Scotland, but lives and trains in Berkshire in South East England. He is said to have a special affinity with Ireland, and regularly brings his horses across the Irish Sea for the season’s biggest meetings.

Where was Nicky Henderson Born?

As mentioned above, Nicky Henderson was born in Scotland, more specifically, Broxburn, which is close to Edinburgh. He was educated at the prestigious Eton College and has since lived in the South East of England, near his Seven Barrows yard.

Has Nicky Henderson won the Grand National?

Surprisingly no. Given Nicky Henderson’s success across the board in National Hunt’s biggest races, it is amazing that he has never won the Aintree showpiece. It is the one race that continues to elude the legendary trainer, and one he is desperate to win. In addition, Henderson has also never trained the winner of the Irish, Welsh, or Scottish Nationals.

How many winners has Nicky Henderson had at Cheltenham?

Nicky Henderson’s horses have bounded up the hill at Cheltenham to win an incredible 72 times. Henderson is the leading most British trainer at the Festival and has only recently been surpassed in the all-time overall list by Irish trainer, Willie Mullins.

How much are Nicky Henderson’s fees?

Unless you are lucky enough, or wealthy enough, to own a horse under Nicky Henderson’s care, it is difficult to obtain training fees for the legendary trainer. As in all walks of life, you get what you pay for, and in the case of Nicky Henderson, you are nearly always guaranteed winners.

Has Nicky Henderson won the Gold Cup?

Yes. Nicky Henderson has won the Cheltenham Festival showpiece on two occasions. Henderson finally lifted the Cup in 2011 when the young pretender, Long Run, downed the superstar pair of Denman and Kauto Star. Two years later, the diminutive, Bob’s Worth, showed huge character to stay on late to win the 2013 renewal by seven lengths.