Saturday 23 March 2019

Nicky Henderson leads race for Irish Independent Trainer Award ahead of Cheltenham Festival Day Three

Trainer Nicky Henderson celebrates after sending out Altior to win the Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase on Day Two of the Cheltenham Racing Festival at Prestbury Park in Cheltenham, England. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Trainer Nicky Henderson celebrates after sending out Altior to win the Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase on Day Two of the Cheltenham Racing Festival at Prestbury Park in Cheltenham, England. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Nicky Henderson has enjoyed a strong first two days of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival to take the halfway lead in a bid to win the Irish Independent Trainer Award.

Henderson has seen three horses claim victory thus far - including Altior in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Willie Mullins is right behind him with two wins - achieved in the first two races on day one - and will be gunning for more victories ahead of day three.

Gordon Elliott is the only other trainer with two wins on the board, with Tiger Roll and Envoi Allen coming home in first.

It's a very tight race at the top, with Henderson also having two second place finishes while Mullins has seen four of his horses come in just behind the winner.

Day three and four are sure to be equally dramatic, with the Stayers' Hurdle the marquee race this afternoon while Friday's card features the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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