A good week at Aintree could well set the seal on another trainers’ title for Nicky Henderson and the Grand National meeting has proved lucrative for the Seven Barrows trainer in recent times with 29 winners to his name since 2008.
Henderson was crowned Aintree Champion trainer in 2014 (four winners), 2013 (five winners) and 2012 (six winners) and last year his total swelled with the victories of Buveur D’Air in the Top Novices’ Hurdle and Kayf Grace in the Mares’ Bumper.
Hopes will be high for Buveur D’Air in the Aintree Hurdle after his emphatic Champion Hurdle success at the Cheltenham Festival last month that provided his trainer with a record sixth victory in the race. He could be joined in the line-up by the runner-up and stablemate My Tent Or Yours.
Henderson could also have a two-pronged attack in the Mildmay Novices’ Chase with RSA Chase first and second Might Bite and Whisper plus he has plenty of other more than useful ammunition to fire with during the three days of the Aintree Festival.
Henderson kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about several of those who will be on duty at Aintree this week.