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Nicky Henderson | EXCLUSIVE Stan James Stable Tour

After securing his fourth UK Jumps Trainers Championship last April, Stan James ambassador Nicky Henderson heads into the 2017/18 National Hunt season with a plethora of equine talent at his disposal and the man who has saddled more winners than anyone else at the Cheltenham Festival looks set to add to his impressive tally with superp

We have 16 runners heading to Sandown for the NH Finale as well as MIGHT BITE, SPRINTER SACRE and BUVEUR D’AIR all parading before racing so it will certainly be a busy day for all of us @sevenbarrows.

Nicky Henderson | Punchestown Festival Preview

It's been a nice, steady introduction into this year's Punchestown Festival with no runners today and just the one tomorrow, but we'll get busier towards the end of the week with BRAIN POWER, BEAT THAT, and MY TENT OT YOURS, plus a few others, in action.

Nicky Henderson | Open Day, Trainers' Champs, and much more...

It has been a busy week with preparations for tomorrow’s Lambourn Open Day, of which I hope you can all come along and join us because all the stars will be parading including our Cheltenham/Aintree runners plus some big names from the other yards so it’s definitely worth rocking up for.

Nicky Henderson | More of That winning feeling?

The Aintree Festival has been a particularly successful one for all of us at @sevenbarrows and BUVEUR D'AIR was very good on Thursday. He'll probably be finished for the season now and we'll work back from the Stan James Champion Hurdle next season to try to retain his crown.

Nicky Henderson | A Golden Present Forecast!

This is a big day for @sevenbarrows with 11 runners heading up to Aintree for day two of the meeting and it would be nice to think there is a winner or two making them. 

Nicky Henderson | HE WHO D’AIR’S…

After a short break since Cheltenham we’re heading up to Aintree for the Grand National meeting and while I am the first to admit we have pretty

It’s a relatively quiet weekend for us with a handful of runners at Uttoxeter and Ascot before our attention turns to Aintree for the Grand National meeting and we made our first entries for Thursday this morning where the likes of TOP NOTCH, BUVEUR D’AIR, MY TENT OR YOURS and DIVIN BERE will be our principal runners on day one and I would think MIG

We all enjoyed a tremendous Cheltenham Festival, with three winners and the others running very well indeed, so you couldn’t be more pleased with how they performed.

Nicky Henderson | Days of Heaven to shine at Kempton

The @sevenbarrows bandwagon continues to chug along and we're at Kempton for a good card that features a couple of races for those that didn't make the cut to get into Cheltenham and it's a real good initiative. 

It's been a tremendous Festival so far and I couldn't be any happier with the way things have gone. MIGHT BITE was simply extraordinary in the RSA and it was certainly heart in your mouth stuff, he clearly had an aversion to the last fence and then he's got to make hi

What a marvellous start to the Cheltenham Festival! ALTIOR was brilliant in the Arkle and there is very little more we can say except that we have an extremely talented horse with a fantastic career ahead of him.

The greatest show on turf has finally arrived and I, like you all, simply cannot wait to hear the roar from the crowd as the runners come into line for the Supreme Novices.

Nicky Henderson | Gaitway to riches this weekend?

I’d like to say this is the calm before the storm but we have a few runners to get out of the way this weekend and there is still plenty going on behind the scenes to make sure everything, everyone and every horse is ready for Cheltenham last week. All of our Festival runners did their last pieces of work earlier in the week and I was happy so it’s a case of keeping them ticking over until their respective races.

Nicky Henderson | Bloody Mary the toast of the Weekend?

We have an extremely quiet weekend, one of the quietest for some time, but that’s not to say it’s the same behind the scenes with the Cheltenham Festival just days away everyone is very busy as we complete our finishing touches and make sure everything is ship shape before our very own versio

It’s been a pretty busy week for us all @sevenbarrows as the countdown to the Cheltenham Festival really hits fever pitch and some of our big guns paraded in front of the press on Wednesday and put their best smiles on for the cameras.

It’s been a pretty busy week for us all @sevenbarrows as the countdown to the Cheltenham Festival really hits fever pitch and some of our big guns paraded in front of the press on Wednesday and put their best smiles on for the cameras.

With the Cheltenham Festival less than one month away this is a relatively quiet period for the stable as all the big guns have had their prep races and it’s just a case of keeping them happy and ticking over until next month.


The horses have been running very well and it was great to see our decision justified at Sandown when BUVEUR D’AIR won on his hurdling return last Saturday.

It has been a pretty topsy turvy and extremely unpredictable week but sometimes this sort of thing is going to happen at this time of year with the ground as it is and Cheltenham just around the corner so it’s important to pick races carefully. I’ve been as honest as I can to everyone with what our horses are doing but, as we have learnt this week, they often change!