Henderson aiming for Cheltenham record

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Top trainer Nicky Henderson – who won his first Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2011 with Long Run – is hoping to break the all-time record for Cheltenham Festival winners when it gets underway next month.

Henderson is on 39 winners at the moment, which is one short of the record set by the legendary Fulke Walwyn between 1946 and 1986.

The trainer recognises that he has had a fairer run at the record with four days of racing, whereas Walwyn was able to obtain his record when the festival was just three days long.

Henderson told BBC Sport that when he arrived in racing Walwyn and Fred Winter were the trainers that everyone looked up to so it would be nice to try and emulate him with the record.

"It's a team with strength in depth. The novices are good, the older horses are good and there's a few little handicappers lurking in there that I hope will fit in," Henderson said of his horses' chances at next month's festival.

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