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Paul Nicholls is one of the most successful trainers in national hunt racing, and trains some of the most highly rated racehorses in the sport. The three times Champion Trainer operates three stables in various parts of England, and works with top jumps jockeys Ruby Walsh and Sam Thomas.
Paul Nicholls had an interest in national hunt racing from an early age. Initially apprenticed to a baker, Nicholls deliberately ruined his career in baking to further his involvement in national hunt racing, and went on to become a reasonably successful jumps’ jockey, winning 130 races between 1989 and 1990.
Nicholls’ racing career ended abruptly when a fall resulted in multiple fractures to his leg. Within a year, however, Nicholls was back in the sport – this time as an assistant trainer to David Barons. Within a short period of time Nicholls raised the capital to start his own stable in Ditcheat, and began his training career with just 8 racehorses in his charge.
It took the better part of a decade for Nicholls to establish himself in British jumps’ racing. In 1999 he made his first major breakthrough by winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup with See More Business. Success bred success for Nicholls, and during the early years of the new millennium he established himself as one of the pre-eminent trainers in national hunt racing.
Paul Nicholls has trained three Cheltenham Gold Cup champions, including See More Business, Kauto Star and Denman. Nicholls has also trained three Queen Mother Champion Chase winners, but has never claimed either of the feature hurdles race titles at the Cheltenham Festival.
Along with an impressive record in the Cheltenham Festival’s most prestigious chases, Nicholls also boasts an impressive record in other Grade 1 steeplechases. He has won the King George VI Chase five times, and achieved additional wins in races like the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, Betfair Chase and Tingle Creek Chase.
Paul Nicholls was born on the 17th of April 1962. He lives in Somerset and is said to be passionate about gardening. The trainer is known for parading his Cheltenham Festival winners through Ditcheat Village at the conclusion of each festival and celebrating with a drink at the Manor House Inn.
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