Nicky Hendersons Horses at Grand National Festival

by Jason Tynan on April 12, 2012

Nicky Henderson is a British horse racing trainer, following in the footsteps of his father Johnny by making a name for himself in the world of horse racing. He is one of the most well know trainers today and is targeting a successful week at the Aintree Festival.

Horses entered

Henderson has lots of horses entered across the Aintree Festival this week. From Spirit River in the Silver Cross Handicap Hurdle to the popular Sprinter Sacre in the Maghull Novices’ Chase, Henderson is eyeing plenty of success.

In the biggest race of them all, the Grand National, Henderson is entering just one horse – Shakalakaboomboom. The 8-year-old will compete in the 4.15pm on Saturday 14th April and is being backed by plenty of punters.

Current form

In the two weeks leading up to the Aintree Festival, Henderson has had four wins across a variety of races. Three of these wins came with Andrew Tinkler as the jockey, although Barry Geraghty is to ride Shakalakaboomboom this week.

Looking at some major wins for Henderson, he and Geraghty had plenty of success at last month’s Cheltenham Festival with five wins across the week. This included the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Ryanair Chase and the RSA Chase.
Henderson also achieved victory at the Christmas Hurdle on Boxing Day, so when it comes to high-profile and popular races, he is a trainer on top of his game.

Previous National successes

Henderson has never achieved victory at the Grand National and this will definitely bother him. He is more well known for success at the Cheltenham Festival and although this is a record he will be proud of, there is no doubt that a National win would be very satisfying.

He has had two runners-up over the years with Zangalero and The Tsarevich not quite having enough to secure victory, but this is the year that he wants the ultimate prize in horse racing.


To achieve this with Shakalakaboomboom, you can get decent odds of around 20/1 for this lively contender that is sure to receive plenty of backing.

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