Henderson aims for further history
Nicky Henderson's name is already enshrined in Cheltenham Festival history, but the Seven Barrows handler hopes to write another page next month.
Britain's champion trainer has saddled more festival winners than anyone else and this time around he has leading claims of becoming the first trainer to claim the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Gold Cup in one season.
I'm a lucky boy and lucky these horses have come along at the same time.Nicky Henderson
Buveur D'air, 4/6 to retain the Champion Hurdle, and Altior, 1/1 to win the Queen Mother and make it a perfect three from three at the Festival, will spearhead Henderson's charge before Might Bite tackles the Gold Cup on Friday 16th March.
Henderson concedes he is lucky to have such a talented trio at Seven Barrows together and he says they improve the lot of every horse in his care.
"I'm a lucky boy and lucky these horses have come along at the same time. They probably help each other; they lift the standard all the way through and if you're Tailend Charlie you've got to keep up, so it brings them all along," he said at a media open in his yard.
Might Bite is 4/1 for Gold Cup glory having landed the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day at Kempton and while memories of his dramatic RSA Chase win a year ago still linger, Henderson admits he has to answer the question over his stamina, he suggests the nine-year-old is better than he was last term.
"His work is vastly superior to anything he did last year and he's better at home - there's no doubt about that," he added.
"Everybody is going to have it in their minds, what will happen should he jump the last in front. He possibly looks more professional and his work is certainly better.
"We haven't been three-and-a-quarter miles, but to jump the last as he did in the RSA and then come to a complete standstill and get going again up that hill, he must stay pretty well. The better the ground the better he will be."
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