Welcome to Paul Nicholls Racing
Paul Nicholls OBE
11 Times National Hunt Champion Trainer
Welcome to our website with in-depth detail on all aspects of our training operation here at Ditcheat. So much has happened since Paul arrived here 28 years ago in October 1991 with eight horses. As the winners began to flow we worked hard to upgrade things year on year, adding better gallops, improving facilities and building more boxes until we now have around 128 horses in training in our two yards.
We’ve been lucky enough to train some great horses including See More Business, Kauto Star, Denman, Master Minded, Neptune Collonges, Tidal Bay, Silviniaco Conti and Big Buck’s. They and many more contributed to Paul winning 11 trainers’ championships in the last 13 years.
Ours has always been a team effort with our hugely experienced head lad Clifford Baker leading by example from the front. He is the first man into the yard long before dawn each day and the last to leave in the evening.
For all the success that has gone before us here at Ditcheat we are constantly looking forward and focused on ensuring the future success of the yard. Throughout our team of staff there is a deep rooted ambition to continue competing and winning some of the very top races in National Hunt racing and with high class horses like Cyrname, Politologue, Frodon, Clan Des Obeaux and Topofthegame that trend looks set to continue.
The season that has just passed has been remarkable in many ways, from regaining the Trainers Championship to clinch the title for the 11th time to six Grade One victories and perhaps most notably getting to a milestone that very few trainers have ever achieved in training 3000 national hunt winners in Britain.
A royal visit from Her Majesty the Queen placed between Cheltenham and Aintree capped what has been a special spring for the yard. While Topofthegame and Frodon took Grade One honours at Cheltenham, Mcfabulous showed the future looks incredibly bright by winning the Grade Two Bumper at Aintree.
Mcfabulous represents brilliantly what Paul is doing on a regular basis and that is to source well bred young horses and produce them over time to eventually have top class chasers. The highest rated horse in training is now stabled in Ditcheat courtesy of Cyrname who was devastating back in February when winning the Grade one Ascot Chase routing a high class field by 19 lengths.
This season represents the fifth time Paul has gained over 3 million pounds in prize money, the 19th consecutive year he has trained over 100 winners and as this season ends Paul has now been either first or second in the trainers championship for 21 years running. His dedication to getting the best out of his horses, finding young talent and training top class race horses for the biggest races his still as strong as ever and the brilliant results of the season just passed as confirmed that yet again.
Getting back to the top of the trainers championship has been a massive achievement from Paul and the whole team and while everyone involved has thoroughly enjoyed that special victory we are now firmly focused on preparing for next season and what is to come. Team Ditcheat never stands still and as always there will be a number of updates and improvements through the summer months to ensure we stay at the very top level.
On the website you will be able to get to know all the skilled and dedicated people in our team that work hard to ensure our horses have the best of care at all times, see the world class gallops and training facilities we have and keep up to date with all the latest news from Paul himself and his assistant Harry Derham with his popular blog.
We pride ourselves on providing the highest level of care for our horses and hope that comes through as you take a virtual look round our operation.
- Monday 23rd March Update
I am feeling a bit lost at the moment following the ... Read More
- Monday 16th March Update
A striking treble on a Saturday completed an eventful ... Read More
- Monday 9th March Update
It is always good to start Cheltenham week with a ... Read More
- Monday 2nd March Update
A double on Saturday took our score for February to 31 ... Read More
- Monday 24th February Update
Solo’s brilliant success on his debut for the yard at ... Read More
- Monday 17th February Update
The best result by far on Saturday was the sight of ... Read More