Nicky Henderson

He has trained over 2000 winners including 47 at the Cheltenham National Hunt Festival and has twice been champion trainer.

In 1992 he moved to Seven Barrows with its private gallops which have produced so many historic winners in the past.

Nicky Henderson has been one of the top National Hunt trainers since he started training in 1978 having been assistant to the illustrious Fred Winter. He has trained over 2000 winners in England and a total of 47  winners at the Cheltenham Festival including 5 Champion Hurdles, 2 Queen Mother Champion Chases and 1 Gold Cup.

He has also won many other major races including the Whitbread Gold Cup, 4 Tote Gold Trophies at Newbury, the King George and the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.

He now trains over 150 horses at his Lambourn base and the stable goes from strength to strength, the highlight of last season being 7 Cheltenham Festival winners and 6 Aintree winners.

Seven Barrows,  Lambourn, Berkshire RG17 8UH.
Tel: 01488 72259
Fax: 01488 72596
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: address to follow

Horses: 175

Training Fees: £322 per week plus extras

234 Responses to Nicky Henderson

  1. Jean Ashdown-Coates says:

    Dear Mr. Henderson, I was so disappointed that I didn’t see you at the Open Day, but you must have been very busy in places I weren’t. Had a chat with quite a few horses, although Your Tent or Mine, didn’t want to socialise – Probably had enough of seeing so many people. We had to queue for a while to get in – But well worth it. Eventually got to take a photograph of Sprinter Sacre who was in a different stable this time surrounded by quite a crowd and mobile cameras to the full. – Before he was in the barn. So good looking and with spirit – You have to have spirit Mr, Henderson. Of course I enjoyed my equine conversations. Especially with River Wyld who was up for some fun. Thank you.

  2. GOUZERH says:

    Good afternoon Mister Henderson,

    I write you this email because I have heard you are interesting in foals of the stallion Fragrant Mix
    We have one foal to sell who is born in our own breeding (Elevage du Marais ) in France.

    Yearling Male Bai,AQPS : Fragrant Mix x Loyale de Coeur (Royal Charter)

    if you have questions you can join my father by email
    [email protected]

    Best regards

  3. Ken says:

    Fantastic sprinter scare today

  4. lee moyes says:

    hello nicky i hope this coming season you have a good one be nice to see my old pal bobs worth come back to form and simonsig sprinter sacre wish you all the best and good luck and keep up the good work lee moyes

  5. Dear Nicky.It was so sad to see the great Sprinter Sacre being pulled up yesterday in the QMCC.I know it’s difficult to make a decision in the heat of the moment but I pray this horse never sees a racecourse again.Please give him all my love and hugs and leave us with the wonderful memories.SheenaXXX

  6. George Murray says:

    Very sad that the people behind Nicky Henderson have decided that this page of LAT appears to be unimportant and no longer worth their time.

    The people on here who take time to ask about certain horses or wish all at Seven Barrows the best of luck etc are genuine racing fans

    I must have looked at this site a hundred times hoping for a little bit of news about Sprinter Sacre and for no other reason other than genuine concern.

    I live in hope the great horse will bounce back and win the QMCC and go back to the very top where he deserves to be.

    If anyone from the yard reads this say Hi to Sprinter and tell him there are thousands like me rooting for him

  7. Paul says:


    Any idea when Champagne Express will run?



  8. lisa sharratt says:

    so so sorry to hear about eh sudden death of Oscar whisky he was one of my all time favourites you are a true inspiration god bless and my thoughts are with you at this tragic time rip Oscar whisky xx

  9. Dear Nicky.I am so sad I won’t be seeing Sprinter Sacre in the Tingle Creek tomorrow.I hope he is keeping well and that we all get to see this magnificent horse on a racecourse soon.Lots of love and kisses for him.SheenaXX

  10. George Murray says:

    Hi Nicky,

    I have complete confidence in you as a trainer.

    Almost as much confidence as I have in Spinter Sacre :0)

    We saw Frankel progress and become the best flat horse in training and equaling a rating compatible to the great Sea Bird’s.

    Because handicapping was a bit of a up one day down the next affair in the 60’s Sprinter Sacre will never receive a rating like Arkle’s 212but over the next 2 years I can see Sprinter Sacre acheiving the same supremacy over his rivals as he has already and people will start to compare.

    I have always said he’s not the best since Arkle but the new Arkle…….He really is in my opinion that good and you are the man to prove it.

    Best wishes for the coming season to all at Seven Barrows.

    P.S. It’s been all of 15 years since I was in the UK and the last horse I saw before departing was the great Istabraq. All being well I will be coming to the UK (I now live in Thailand) for the festival in March 2015 to specifically see Sprinter Sacre in the flesh winning another QMCCC.

    May all the horse shoes, lucky white heather and Shamrock’s be with you


  11. paul says:

    hi nicky all the best for the new season I back most of your horses blind especially November I was on the 7 out of 7 a couple of years ago and the numerous 4 and 5 timers over the years at ascot and Kempton my favourite buzz ever was binocular winning the champ and carraciola the cesarevitch they were better than micky Thomas at anfield 89 xx

  12. RAY MCDONALD says:

    Hi there Nicky,
    I am an avid fan of yours. Jump racing is my passion, and look forward to the 2014/15 season getting underway good and proper. I travel from Aberdeen to Cheltenham for the festival every year, where on many occassion i have backed some winners trained by yourself. My ante-post betting for the festival starts as soon as the meeting finishes in March. I have already been backing a few of your troups. I think Josses Hill will be great over the larger obstacles at the shorter trips, so have backed him for the Arkle. My tent or yours will surely get another crack at the Champion, and this time he will come up trumps. Sprinter Sacre to return and hose up in the Champion Chase, and Bob’s Worth to turn back the clock and win another Gold Cup. Looking forward to trumping the Cotswold Hills again in March.
    All the best of good luck and even more importantly good health. RESPECT.

  13. lee moyes says:

    Hi nicky i think this season will be one of your best simonsig is back hopefully sprinter sacre and beat that and whisper i can see been key players not forgetting the mighty bobs worth i am a big fan of yours and follow your horses good luck and fingers crossed hope all your horses have safe runs keep up the good work hope bobs worth could win the gold cup again

  14. amanda bond says:

    Nicky lovely to meet you in Hungerford town last week, thank you for stopping to talk to me I can now cross you off my bucket list !!! but, such a shame you don’t look after your car like you look after your horses lol All the very best for Saturday at Ascot with Forgotten voice.

    Amanda Bond

  15. Jim JTS says:

    All the best to Long Run in the Punchestown Gold Cup (5.30), I hope he comes back to his best today because if he does he’ll win this. (fingers crossed).

    Also, best of luck to Beat That in the novice hurdle (4.55), he looks exciting the way he won at Aintree and has Don Poli to beat.

  16. George Murray says:

    Well done winning the Whitbread as we older guys know it….Grand National some day for Hadrian’s perhaps?

  17. Thomas Barry says:

    Hello Mr Henderson,
    You state that 3 of your runners in the GN won’t be suited by soft going. So why are you running them, it can’t be for their better good. Surely not for owner pressure or for their kudos or craic. You are bigger than that. There are several horses suited to Soft ground who be denied a run as a consequence. You should respect their chances as others respect you.
    Yours sincerely,
    Thomas Barry

  18. Mark Robertson says:

    I was surprised to read that Hunt Ball is even being considered to run in the Grand National racing off of a weight of 11 stone 7 pounds.
    I am amazed that anyone would believe this horse could go even three miles with anything over 11 stone 2 and be considered a challenger..
    2miles 3 furlongs carrying 11 stone 4 max is the most realistic option for this animal.
    This horse is very game and gives everything in its races but this horse surely be even considered for this . i would love to hear why the trainer / owners feel this will be beneficial to the horse or punter.

  19. Michael says:

    Hello Nicky.

    I am so sorry to hear the gallops at Seven Barrow’s has been hit by the floods. Anyway, I am gunning for you at Cheltenham. My Tent or yours is my best bet but I worry about his punctured hoof. He is a real star in the making like Darlan. God Bless you Nicky and lets hope you bag a few at Cheltenham and become Champion Trainer this year.

    All the best and Good Luck.

    Mike from Worcestershire.

  20. George says:

    Hi Nicky,

    Really disappointed, as I am sure everyone is, to hear Sprinter wont be defending his crown………….Get well soon Sprinter.

    Tistory is a horse who who we have seldom seen on the racecourse. Always thought he’d make up into a high class horse. Any news on when we are likely to see him again?

  21. Dear Nicky So sad we will not see the wonderful Sprinter Sacre at Cheltenham this year but you made a very wise decision!May he now have a long,lovely summer break and be back to his brilliant best next season. Special hugs and kisses for himXXX

  22. John Whitfield says:

    What’s happen to Keys, looked a novice with potential.

  23. Jane Lothian says:

    Just wondering how Finian’s Rainbow is now.

  24. Hi Nicky Am keeping Sprinter Sacre in my thoughts and prayers,please don’t bring him back this season unless he’s 100%. I know you will do best for the horse.Special hugs for him Love SheenaXX

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  26. chandrapala athalage/sri lanka says:

    happy new year nicky…! riverside theatre my favourite.

  27. George Murray says:

    Hi Nicky,

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    As far as Barry goes it speaks volumes about the man’s character, that he pulled him up, without a thought of personal gain,the minute he felt something wasn’t right,

    Hopefully we will see Sprinter back to his awesome winning ways soon.

    Good Luck


  28. Margaret Compton says:

    I was so upset to hear of my wonderful favourite horse Sprinter Sacre, my thoughts and prayers are with you all at Seven Barrows, I pray all goes well with him, and see him back in the future, as my other favourite Denman had the same,and as we know, The Tank came back, and the grace of Sprinter Sacre will give us all more wonderful times.and looking forward to next year Open Day.

  29. George Murray says:

    Good luck today at Kempton. Hope Sprinter comes home safe and sound with all your other runners……………..

  30. john says:

    just watched Paul Nichols bang a 4000/1 four timer in whilst watching your 1 winner from 13 runners at sandown and Aintree whats going on this December you normally have a good strike rate this time of year. the 3 winners in the week 1/7 8/13 11/10 paid only 3/1
    for the treble seems like Nichols will have the value sp this year. what do you think about the starting price your horses are going off ?

  31. IAN ALLAN says:

    Nick Hi
    Great to see Rolling Star back with a bang. Any plans yet? Regards Ian.

  32. Ricky. Licence says:

    All. The best for the season Nicky lets win another. Championship your. The. Best there. Is. And. Sprinter sacre. Is. My. Favourite. And. All the best to Barry who is. A great jockey riding great horses once. Again. All best Ricky. Licence .

  33. Ricky. Licence says:

    All. The best 4 the season lets. Get the champion trainers title again just 2 say. I back all. Your horses sprinter sacre being. My. Favourite

  34. IAN ALLAN says:

    Nick Hi
    You may remember me we met outside Sandown , Tingle creek a few years back and then in the Tote shop at Kempton a few weeks after when Kauto Star won his forth King George. I am going to Sandown on my birthday next month to see Sprinter Sacre for the first time. I saw Seeyouthen then win all his 3 champion hurdles
    and that put me onto your stable. Is Mytentoryours going for the International or the Xmas hurdle?. Anyway best of luck this season and hopefully I will be at Cheltenham too to see Sprinter do the double. Regards Ian.

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