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How Strong Nicky Henderson’s Stable Looks Going Into Cheltenham

How Strong Nicky Henderson’s Stable Looks Going Into Cheltenham

Nicky Henderson will enter the 2020 Cheltenham Festival hoping to add to his top trainer total.

Henderson currently leads the way with the most winners on the course, sending out 39 since 1985.

And he got four at last year’s event, but was unable to take the top trainer title as Willie Mullins, who also got four, had more second-place finishes.

With this year’s festival just weeks away, the horse racing community wants to know where the potential winners will emerge from.

So there will be considerable focus on what is coming out of Henderson’s stable.

And he could be in line for another top festival with the likes of Altior, Champ and Shishkin set to run.

Henderson has already said that Shishkin is set to run at the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle after his recent win at Sidney Banks.

While Altior is fresh off a victory at Newbury and will look to defend his Champion Chase crown for the fifth time on the trot so it’s clear he’s the star of Henderson’s stable.

But it’s perhaps Champ who has the most intriguing chance of a Cheltenham win – and you can check out Cheltenham festival betting ahead of the big kick off next month.

He won’t actually run until competing in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham – a bold strategy from Henderson considering he’ll be one of the favourites to win.

Champ fell at the second last in the Dipper at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day and he’s not been seen since.

He was due to race at Wetherby earlier this month, but that was scuppered by rain.

And Henderson has publicly said that will be it for Champ until horse racing’s biggest event kicks off next.

But if he can win again at Cheltenham it would arguably be the best achievement of all those representing Henderson.

Mullins, Paul Nicholls and the rest of horse racing’s best trainers will fancy their chances of challenging Henderson for the title of top trainer.

But you’d have to say he’s among the favourites to emerge as the best if his stable can live up to its billing.

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