Nicky Henderson OBE
Seven Barrows, Lambourn, Berkshire
Nicky has been Champion Trainer in Britain six times since moving to Seven Barrows in 1992. He has well over 60 Cheltenham Festival winners with his very first being See You Then in the 1985 Champion Hurdle. A race Nicky has a terrific record in as See You Then won it twice more in 86 & 87, then came Punjabi in 2009, Binocular in 2010, Buveur D'Air in 2017 & 2018 and then most recently with the mare Epatante in 2020. He has also won the Champion Chase multiple times with such horses as Sprinter Sacre and Altior. He has also claimed the Gold Cup on two occasions with Bobs Worth and Long Run who also won two King Georges.
While Nicky still has a stable full of stars with the likes of Epatante and Shiskin who looks to have the world at his feet it is his undoubted ability with mares that is the reason we are delighted to have him as one of our trainers now and into the future
Closutton, Bagenalstown, Carlow
Willie has been Champion Trainer in Ireland fourteen times and has won almost every major prize in Ireland as well as Britain. He has won a record 78 races at the Cheltenham Festival, which include multiple Champion Hurdles with the likes of Hurricane Fly, Faugheen and the wonderful mare Annie Power. He has won the Gold Cup twice with Al Boum Photo in 2019 & 2020 and it is now only a Champion Chase that stands between him and the complete set of Major Prizes in British in Ireland Racing, which include the Grand national he won in 2005 with Hedgehunter.
Willie has a terrific record with mares and has won nine of the thirteen runnings of the Grade 1 Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham, five of the 6 runnings of the Grade 2 Mares Novice including with Future Bloodstocks very own Limini and the very first running of the Mares Chase this year with Colreevy.
So it goes without saying that he was at the top of our list of trainers for some of our mares and after we purchased Stormy Ireland, we were delighted that Willie was keen to have her back and very much look forward to the future at Closutton.