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Nicky Henderson Stable Tour - Champion Trainer guides Unibet through his ranks (Videos)

  • We bring you four videos from Nicky Henderson's 2020/21 stable tour with Unibet
  • Henderson discusses plans for all his stable stars, including Altior, Shishkin and Flinteur Sacre
  • Watch all four parts of Unibet's stable tour here
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Nicky Henderson at his stables. (Getty)

We bring you the videos from Nicky Henderson's stable tour with Unibet, ahead of the 2020/21 National Hunt season.

Nicky Henderson Stable Tour - Part One (Chasers)

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Henderson lamented the team's decision to start Altior off over two-miles-five last season. Things were just getting back on track heading into Cheltenham, until Altior threw a splint three days before the race and had to be withdrawn.

Plans this season are to remain over two miles and Henderson admitted Altior has "never been moving better than he is now". A return to the Champion Chase is the goal.

The Champion Trainer also discussed plans for Gold Cup hopefuls Santini and Champ. Santini could head to Haydock for the Betfair Chase, while Champ - who's had a wind-op since winning the RSA - may go to Aintree before a trip to Leopardstown over Christmas.

Nicky Henderson Stable Tour - Part Two (Hurdlers)

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Epatante's rise to the top of the hurdles ranked culminated in that excellent win in the Unibet Champion Hurdle last season. Henderson described his mare as "a pleasure to work with", stating plans for Epatante are to take in the Fighting Fifth and the Christmas Hurdle on her way back to Cheltenham.

Two-time Cheltenham winner, Buveur D'Air remains on the comeback trail after that horrible splinter injury he suffered in last year's Fighting Fifth. While Henderson professed himself pleased with Buveur D'Air's recovery, he remains a little way behind his stablemates and may not return again until 2021.

Henderson also touched on plans for promising hurdlers Glynn, Floressa and Marie's Rock.

Nicky Henderson Stable Tour - Part Three (Novice Chasers)

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Shishkin was the first horse to come under discussion in part three. Henderson admitted that staying over hurdles was taken under consideration, but the plan is to go down the novice chasing route and target the Arkle Challenge Trophy.

Third behind Shishkin in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle was Chantry House, who will also go chasing this season. Although they clashed over hurdles, Chantry House will be stepped up beyond two miles this term, and will start out over two-and-a-half miles.

Henderson goes on to reveal that Coral Cup winner, Dame De Compagnie will step up to fences this season, along with the likes of Allart, Son Of Camas and Adjali.

Nicky Henderson Stable Tour - Part Four (Novice Hurdlers)

Flinteur Sacre2021 Supreme Novices' HurdleGET 14/1 HERE
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Flinteur Sacre has a lot to live up to, being a full brother to Nicky Henderson's superstar chaser Sprinter Sacre. Henderson was clearly trying not to get carried away when describing how well Flinteur Sacre has schooled over hurdles, and the 2021 Supreme Novices' Hurdle will be his eventual goal.

Henderson was keen to see how Time Flies By, who was beaten in two Graded races over hurdles last season, and Pipesmoker would fare in what would be their second season as a novices. 

The Champion Trainer also touched on a few exciting newcomers in Miss Fisher - a full sister to stablemate Mister Fisher - Blairgowrie and Patroclus.


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