Henderson’s Heroes celebrates the long and spectacularly successful career of one of the great jumps trainers through the prism of the 2012-13 season, when horses trained by Nicky Henderson won a stream of major races and saw him crowned champion trainer for the first time in 26 years.
Dominating the roll call of equine heroes was a quartet of brilliant horses:
Sprinter Sacre, the superstar who won five races from five outings in 2012-13 0 including the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, the Melling Chase at Aintree and the Champion Chase at Punchestown – and has been widely acclaimed as the best steeplechaser since Arkle;
Bobs Worth, the no-nonsense young chaser who ran just twice in the season, but in those two outings captures two of the sport’s glittering prizes, the Hennessy Gold Cup and the Cheltenham Gold Cup;
Long Run, who had already won the Cheltenham Gold Cup and King George VI Chase for Henderson in previous years, and no achieved a hard-fought second win in the King George;
Simonsig, the popular grey who went through the season unbeaten, his finest moment coming in the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival.
And for good measure, in 2013 Henderson even had winners on the Flat at Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood!
Packed with fascinating insights into Nicky’s training methods and mining the unique reporting and photographic resources of the Racing Post, Henderson’s Heroes is a wonderful record of Nicky Henderson’s annus mirabilis.