Aintree once again proved a happy hunting ground for Nicky Henderson in 2017 with three winners, five seconds and one third putting him in second place in the trainers’ table at the meeting to Colin Tizzard who hauled in five victories last time around.
The competitive Henderson will be looking to settle that score and once again has a formidable squad for the three-day meeting with My Tent Or Yours looking to go better than in 2017 in the Aintree Hurdle and Might Bite, winner of the Mildmay Novices’ Chase 12 months ago, looking to get back on the winning track in the Betway Bowl after a colossal effort when runner-up to Native River in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Rather Be provided Henderson with a third success last year when winning the Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle and Lough Derg Spirit looks likely to head a welter of contenders in that event this time around.
Henderson was crowned Aintree Champion trainer in 2014 (4 winners), 2013 (5 winners) and 2012 (6 winners) and with the wealth of talent being lined up including Apple’s Shakira, Brain Power, OK Corral, Santini and On The Blind Side, to name but a few, who’s to say he won’t end the week as Champion in 2018?
Here, the Master of Seven Barrows kindly guided Tony Elves of attheraces.com through those who will be on duty at Aintree over the course of the Grand National meeting.