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Friday 13 November 2020

Three Big Targets for Nicky Henderson This Season

Nicky Henderson goes into the 2020/21 National Hunt season as the man to beat again in the Trainers’ Championship. The Lambourn trainer once again has a strong stable of horses representing him. 

Here is a look at three big targets for Henderson this season and who may shine from his yard. 

Tingle Creek Chase – Altior 

It has not been an easy 12 months for Altior who was forced to miss the Cheltenham Festival in 2020 with an injury. Henderson will be keen for his star chaser to prove his class again over fences across the next six months.

The 10-year-old is set to feature in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown next month, the race he won in 2018. If he is able to return to victory in the Grade One contest at the Esher track, it will put him on course for another shot at the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

It was not long ago that Altior was considered to be the biggest star in the sport over fences. Given his age, he still has the chance to return to that position. The Tingle Creek is going to be the perfect test for him so Henderson can be forgiven for being a little nervous about how the race will unfold. 

King George VI Chase – Champ One 

of the leading novice chasers last season, as proven when he won the RSA Chase at the Festival, was Champ. The eight-year-old won three of his races in the 2019/20 campaign and his only defeat came when he fell at the last fence at Kempton when clear of his rivals.

Champ is set to compete with the best horses in the UK and Ireland this season. All the leading 3m+ races are on the table for him, including the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day where he is 10/1 in the horse racing betting to come out top. It is safe to say that expectations are very high for this novice chaser. 

Henderson has won the feature race of the festive programme on three occasions. Long Run was successful in 2010 and 2017, while his hat-trick of wins was brought up by Might Bite in 2017. Champ gives him a great opportunity to celebrate again on Boxing Day. 

Champion Hurdle – Epatante

The six-time Champion Trainer has had some excellent hurdlers in his yard since he took up a trainers licence. Last season’s Champion Hurdle winner Epatante is the latest of those. She gave him his eighth win in the premier hurdle contest back in March.

Although she dominated the division last season, there may be a lot more to come from this talented mare. The main target for her will be to defend her crown in the Champion Hurdle. Only two horses over the last 20 years have been able to do that and they were Hardy Eustace in 2005 and more recently, Buveur d'Air in 2018. 

Back-to-back wins in March will help Epatante establish herself as one of the best of her generation, so there is a lot at stake. 

With the above three horses, and many more tipped to have a great season, Henderson should be set for a flurry of Grade One winners before the end of April.