Paul Nicholls

Over the past few years Paul Nicholls has dominated the National Hunt game winning just about every big race there is apart from the Grand National. A win at Aintree has so far eluded Nicholls which is a surprise but he is relatively young so he will have many more attempts at trying to take the win at Aintree. Nicholls has been crowned Champion Trainer every season since 2005/06 and that dominance shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon with the Grand National the last big aim for the trainer.

Nicholls had a decent career as a Jockey but it is as a trainer where he has excelled over recent years. The Ditcheat Trainer has had stable stars like Kauto Star, Denman, Big Bucks and Master Minded who have raised the profile of the yard with glory in the big Cheltenham Festival races. In particular the success of Kauto Star and Denman has done wonders for the career of Paul Nicholls, their popularity and success has managed to capture the imagination of the public and made him the most famous trainer in the game at the moment.

In 2009 he trained My Will to finish third in the race with Ruby Walsh on board while he was also placed with the excellent Big Fella Thanks in 2010. It was Royal Auclair though who came the closest to giving Paul Nicholls Grand National success when he finished second behind the National legend Hedgehunter, he was not able to live with the winner but still ran a big race for the Ditcheat team. Nicholls finally tasted the ultimate Aintree success in 2012 when Neptune Collonges defeated Sunnyhillboy by a nose in the closest Grand National finish of all time.

Notable Paul Nicholls Trained Winners

  • 2007 Cheltenham Gold Cup - Kauto Star
  • 2009 Cheltenham Gold Cup - Kauto Star
  • 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup - Denman
  • 2008 Queen Mother Champion Chase - Master Minded
  • 2009 Queen Mother Champion Chase - Master Minded
  • 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 World Hurdle - Big Bucks
  • 1999 Cheltenham Gold Cup - See More Business
  • 2006 2007 2008 and 2009 King George Chase - Kauto Star
  • 2007 Hennessy Gold Cup - Denman
  • 2009 Hennessy Gold Cup - Denman
  • 2012 Champion Hurdle - Rock On Ruby
  • 2012 Grand National - Neptune Collonges
  • 2013 King George VI Chase - Silviniaco Conti
  • 2014 King George VI Chase - Silviniaco Conti
  • 2015 Queen Mother Champion Chase - Dodging Bullets

Paul Nicholls Grand National Record

2000 Torduff Express FELL 13th
2000 Flaked Oats FELL 20th
2000 Escartefigue UR 30th
2001 Earthmover FELL 4th
2002 Murt’s Man PU 17th
2002 Ad Hoc BD 27th
2003 Montifault 5th
2003 Fadalko UR 6th
2003 Ad Hoc UR 19th
2003 Shotgun Willy PU 22nd
2003 Torduff Express UR 27th
2004 Exit To Wave PU 9th
2005 Royal Auclair 2nd
2005 Heros Collonges 8th
2005 L’Aventure 15th
2005 Ad Hoc FELL 22nd
2006 Royal Auclair FELL 1st
2006 Le Duc UR 8th
2006 Silver Birch FELL 15th
2006 Heros Collonges UR 15th
2006 Le Roi Miguel PU 19th
2006 Cornish Rebel PU 19th
2007 Royal Auclair FELL 9th
2007 Le Duc UR 6th
2007 Eurotrek PU 22nd
2007 Thisthatandtother PU 30th
2008 Cornish Sett 12th
2008 Turko FELL 25th
2008 Mr Pointment PU 30th
2009 My Will 3rd
2009 Big Fella Thanks 6th
2009 Cornish Sett 17th
2009 Eurotrek PU 17th
2010 Big Fella Thanks 4th
2010 Tricky Trickster 9th
2010 My Will FELL 4th
2010 Nozic UR 20th
2011 Niche Market 5th
2011 Ornais FELL 4th
2011 The Tother One FELL 6th
2011 What A Friend PU 27th
2013 Join Together 12th
2013 What A Friend PU 19th
2013 Harry The Viking PU 26th

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