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Monday twenty fifth April – Paul Nicholls Racing


We ended the season on an unbelievable excessive by successful 5 of the seven races at Sandown on Saturday.

It was an excellent approach to conclude a troublesome marketing campaign and even higher that so a lot of my household and associates had been there to benefit from the celebrations which started once I obtained the trophy for the trainers’ championship for the thirteenth time.
With the horses in glowing kind over the earlier week we had been hopeful of a rewarding afternoon with various good possibilities.
Knappers Hill was the primary to strike within the opening handicap hurdle, Saint Calvados then hacked up within the Oaksey Chase earlier than Greaneteen landed the Grade 1 Celebration Chase for the second successive yr.
Enrilo then ran a bit flat within the bet365 Gold Cup earlier than victories by McFabulous and Samarrive accomplished a day we are going to always remember.
It was a terrific afternoon, too, for Harry Cobden who rode all our winners besides McFabulous and ended with a rating of 99 regardless of lacking the primary a part of the season by way of harm.
Harry is such a key a part of our workforce, rides with a pure confidence and has already achieved an excellent deal for one so younger and I’m very pleased with him.
My because of everybody concerned with Group Ditcheat who’ve all performed their half in securing one other championship. We ended up with 143 winners and £2.94 million in prize cash and if you happen to add Frodon’s good triumph within the Grade 1 Chase at Down Royal the true whole is in extra of £3 million.
That’s fairly an achievement when you think about various our horses have been a bit out and in of kind for the reason that flip of the yr.
Given the dry spell in latest weeks Sandown did a improbable job in offering good floor that was simply on the simple facet of excellent.
Knappers Hill arrived in nice order after qualifying for the dear novice championship last every week earlier at Newton Abbot. He readily defied prime weight, has a lot means and I’m positive there’s extra to come back from him.
It was marvellous to see the delight of his half proprietor Paul Barber as he held his trophy afterwards. I’d not have achieved any of my 13 championships with out the help of this excellent man who gave me an opportunity again in 1991 and has backed me to the hilt ever since. To coach him a winner on the ultimate day was very particular.
I used to be delighted to see Saint Calvados achieve a trendy victory from the entrance. I don’t assume we’ve had him fairly proper this season and we’re nonetheless studying about him. He galloped all the way in which to the road, will keep three miles and I’m hopeful we are able to get him
fitter subsequent season. The Charlie Corridor Chase at Wetherby may very well be an appropriate start line for him.
The dominant success of Greaneteen was actually pleasing after a disappointing run at Leopardstown. Afterwards he spent three weeks on the vets with a difficulty in his eye which was recognized as an ulcer.
Whereas he responded properly to therapy, and it was clear it didn’t have an effect on him at Sandown, he can have a bit of operation right now (Monday) to take away the ulcer.
Greaneteen liked the higher floor on Saturday, goes an finish to finish gallop, jumps properly and stayed on strongly up the ultimate hill. He’s very good on his day, most likely hasn’t had the popularity he deserves, and shall be again to defend his crown within the Tingle Creek in the direction of the tip of the yr.
On his final run over hurdles McFabulous was very spectacular in successful the Grade 2 Choose Hurdle ridden by Lorcan Williams who has made nice strides this season. McFabulous wants good floor, is more practical going right-handed and is a really thrilling prospect for fences subsequent season.
Samarrive has progressed properly with expertise, loved the step up in journey to 2 and a half mile within the closing handicap hurdle and has a shiny future and can now go novice chasing .
Most of our horses and workers will quickly be off on vacation however we shall be able to go once more within the autumn with the main focus as normal on Chepstow’s two day assembly early in October.
When you win the Premier League you wish to do it yr after yr and we shall be attempting our greatest as all the time.
It is going to be a case of everybody working exhausting, sustaining requirements and never reducing corners to make sure the outcomes yr in yr out. You need to do issues correctly, one thing that Clifford Baker and I insist on always.
The distinction this weekend is that we’re saying goodbye to my nephew Harry Derham, my trusted assistant, and to Kate Nutt our dependable travelling head lady. We want them each success sooner or later and gave them an enormous ship off on Sunday at our finish of season get together.
They’ve each labored so exhausting to assist us keep on the prime of the trainers’ desk however at the moment are heading off looking for pastures new. Charlie Davis has earned the best to step as much as substitute Harry whereas Julia Batho who beforehand labored for Philip Hobbs, will take over from Kate and shall be assisted by Flo Willis .
As well as Conor Houlihan is transferring seamlessly into Charlie’s function and one other of our glorious assistants Natalie Parker will play an even bigger half in quite a lot of methods together with serving to me with race planning. I also needs to point out David Rochester who does an excellent job in command of the yard at Highbridge.
We aren’t fairly completed but as a result of Clan Des Obeaux heads to Eire on Wednesday bidding to repeat his gorgeous success in final yr’s Punchestown Gold Cup. He’ll once more be sporting the blinkers that helped him obtain a high-quality victory at Aintree. Roll on October!!

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