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Nicky Henderson Bidding For First Grand Nationwide Win

Main British coach Nicky Henderson has been Champion Coach on six events and has gained lots of the sport’s main races, together with the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Chase, and Champion Hurdle. 

One race the Seven Barrows-based coach has but to win is the Grand Nationwide, a contest he might be determined to prevail in earlier than he retires. It has been 42 years now since Henderson had his first runner on the planet’s most well-known steeplechase. In 1979 he saddled Zongolero, who completed second behind Rubustic, the closest he has gone to the winner’s trophy. 

The nine-year-old was a Grade One winner as a novice as he claimed the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree in the course of the Grand Nationwide assembly in 2018. He proved his class once more final season, ending only a neck behind Al Boum Picture within the Blue Riband occasion of the Cheltenham Pageant. 

Given what he has achieved over fences, it’s no shock that the handicapper has handed Santini the joint-highest weight of 11st 10lb within the Grand Nationwide this 12 months. No horse has gained with that weight since Crimson Rum was profitable in 1974 with 12st.

Santini is about to have one other shot on the Cheltenham Gold Cup earlier than he seems at Aintree a month later. He has but to leap the Grand Nationwide fences on the Merseyside Racecourse. 

Okay Corral And Pym Additionally In The Grand Nationwide Combine 

Henderson can also be prone to be represented within the Aintree contest by OK Corral and Pym. These two horses are inside the highest 40 rankings on the newest declaration stage and so they have odds of 33/1 and 50/1 respectively with the bookmakers.

Okay Corral is in good type for the time being as he gained a Listed contest on his final outing at Doncaster. That has helped him get a ranking of 151 forward of the burden’s launch for the Grand Nationwide. He’s set to characteristic another time earlier than Aintree. 

With three wins from six outings, OK Corral has a superb report over fences. Henderson did spotlight the Grand Nationwide as a goal earlier this season. His proprietor J.P McManus famously gained the race in 2010 with Don’t Push It and he’d like to have one other success. 

Pym can also be a Listed winner this season as he prevailed at Sandown the place he made throughout 3m. He has not appeared since ending fifth of 10 runners at Newcastle again in November. The handicapper dropped him all the way down to a mark of 153 on the again of that run. 

Henderson has acknowledged he believes Pym has the stamina to do very well within the contest at Aintree in April. He’s additionally very proud of the burden his horse has been given. 

If he can get his palms on the Grand Nationwide trophy this season, it would really feel like Henderson has accomplished the complete set of massive race wins all through his illustrious profession.

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