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Nicky Henderson opens his Berkshire stables to the media ahead of this year's Cheltenham Festival

The five-time British champion Jump trainer invited dozens of journalists and cameramen to his 'Seven Barrows' stables in Lambourn to meet two of his star horses and talk about the problematic preparations for this year's Cheltenham.

A dry winter, a deep freeze, equine flu and a change in the vaccination rules - it's not been an easy winter for Nicky Henderson as he prepares to try and add to his 60 Cheltenham winners. He stands second in the all-time winners list at The Festival just one behind Willie Mullins. 

With three weeks to go to the highlight of the jump season he allowed the media in to his 'Seven Barrows' stables and answered questions about the testing past few weeks - he said it wasn't just equine flu that caused disruption to his well-planned pre-Cheltenham schedule:

Nicky showed off two of his star horses defending Champion hurdle winner Buveur D'Air 

And Queen Mother Champion chase winner Altior

Each of the horses has made almost a million pounds in prize money. 

After speaking to the printed press - he spent time with TV & Radio

He admitted to journalists he was unsure how the flu and vaccine disruption had affected his horses.

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