Super Six For Seven Barrows Maestro Henderson – Champion Trainer Title Triumph

The Champion Trainer title, decided on prize money, goes to Nicky Henderson who, in the process lands the sixth Championship of his career having first won the title in 1985/86.

Henderson secured £2,533,862 in prize money – £192,550 ahead of 11-time Champion Trainer, Paul Nicholls – and trained 118 winners, 22 more than his long-time rival.

The Seven Barrows maestro has had a year to remember as he plotted his way to a sixth title training 118 winners across the season along with 219 placed horses – from a total of 457 runners.

Of those 118 winners, the 69-year-old claimed 15 graded victories, the first coming on Saturday 9th November at Wincanton Racecourse with Fusil Raffles in the Grade 2 Unibet Elite Hurdle and most recently with Dame De Compagnie in the Grade 3 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham Racecourse on Wednesday 11th March – one of four wins at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

This year’s title charge has been formed off the foundation of many top horses; none more exciting than Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner, Shishkin

Elsewhere the rise of Santini as one of the top prospects in the 3-mile chasing division has been intriguing and testament to the 69-year-old’s knack of getting the very best out of his horses. Over the course of the season the 8-year-old rose almost 20 pounds from a mark of 153 to 171 and is now regarded as one of the very best chasers around.

Elsewhere the mercurial chaser Champ and Champion Hurdler Epatante have also proved hugely important inmates  for the trainer which culminated in two Grade one victories at the Festival last week.

Throughout the season stable jockey Nico de Boinville was Henderson’s closest ally; the duo combining for a total of 63 winners together.

It’s truly been a fantastic year for the esteemed trainer who won his first Champion Jump Trainer title back in 1986/1986. With a very strong stable and an equally strong team behind him there’s no doubt that Henderson will be back for further glory next year.


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