Bio: Former National Hunt jockey Paul Nicholls served a two-year apprenticeship as assistant trainer to David Barons following his retirement from the saddle in 1989. However, two years later, he responded to an advertisement in the Sporting Life, placed by Paul Barber, owner of Manor Farm Stables in Ditcheat, Somerset and duly arrived at his new, rented home with a string of eight horses, of varying ability, in October, 1991.


Fast forward 27 years, or so, and Paul Nicholls has become the leading National Hunt trainer of his generation, winning the National Hunt Trainers’ Championship ten times in eleven years between 2005/06 and 2015/16 – a sequence interrupted only by Nicky Henderson in 2012/13 – and the Leading Trainer Award at the Cheltenham Festival six times between 1999 and 2009.


During his illustrious training career, so far, Nicholls has been fortunate to handle several outstanding steeplechasers, including Cheltenham Gold Cup winners See More Business, Kauto Star and Denman, dual Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Master Minded, dual King George VI winner Silviniaco Conti and Grand National winner Neptune Collonges. Traditionally, Nicholls has taken less interest in the smaller obstacles, but that didn’t stop reformed chaser Big Buck’s from winning the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival four years in a row between 2009 and 2012.



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