Denman 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup Four-time World Hurdle winner Big Buck’s Kauto Star Five-time King George VI Chase and two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner

Welcome to

Paul Nicholls Racing

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 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 are now able to accommodate 150 horses in training at any one time.

We’ve been lucky enough to train some great horses including See More Business, Kauto Star, Denman, Master Minded, Neptune Collonges,Tidal BaySilviniaco Conti and Big Buck’s. They and many more have contributed to Paul winning 11 trainers’ championships over the last 14 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 are 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, McFabulous, Clan Des Obeaux, Pic D’orhy and Topofthegame that trend looks set to continue.

The 2019/20 season will sadly always be remembered as the year that ended without really finishing due to the biggest challenge most of us have experienced in our lives with the outbreak and global pandemic that is Coronavirus.

Until the season was frustratingly cut short Paul was once again churning out winners with his usual fluency, highlights coming from the gallant grey Politologue, winning Paul’s fifth Queen Mother Champion Chase, leading home a one two in the race and Clan Des Obeaux, in the King George sealing his second victory in the contest and in turn Paul’s scarcely believable eleventh win in the famous Christmas highlight.

There were so many more who lit up another great season with many young talented horses once again pointing towards the coming years to be filled with excitement. From Enrilo’s win in the Grade 2 Winter Novice Hurdle, Pic D’Orhy‘s Betfair Hurdle performance, our high class mare Silver Forever’s three wins, Truckers Lodge winning the Midlands National as a novice, McFabulous’ EBF Final rout, Quel Destin’s rock solid season or Threeunderthrufive and Conformation Bias’ promising bumper victories the strength in depth in the young horses coming through Paul’s system looks as strong as it ever has.

The final tally of winners stood at 96 when stumps were pulled on the 16th March, operating at a 22% strike rate with 278 of Paul’s 445 runners finishing in the first four. In that time, with still a full six weeks of the season left, Paul’s horses had amassed £2,341,313 in prize money a fine achievement by any standards but frustrating as the final portion of the season is notoriously strong for Paul as the ground dries out. Stable jockey Harry Cobden enjoyed another fine year riding 62 of Paul’s winners cementing himself as Ditcheat’s principal rider.


The summer just past has been an unusual one by any standards with the racing community getting to grips with racing behind closed doors, temperature checks and everything else that has gone with racing during the pandemic. Happily, on the track the horses have performed well with winners on the flat as well as 16 winners over jumps before the 1st October, a marker we always look to as the start of the serious part of the jumps season.

As ever hours and hours of work has been put into the yard, gallops and most importantly the horses through the summer months in order for the winter to be as successful as possible and now looking forward to the start of jump racing proper the yard is in fantastic shape for what promises to be another exciting year.

As we are now licensed to train 150 horses in Ditcheat numbers have never been as good and it is equally heartening to see the strength in depth of quality as good perhaps as anytime in the last decade.

Never satisfied with past success team Ditcheat is now firmly focused on the task in hand for this season and ambitious to make it as good as any if not better.

On the website you will be able to get to know all the skilled and dedicated people in our team that work tirelessly 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.


GB Winners 3,263
Irish Winners 25
French Winners 4
2020-21 NH SEASON
Winners 163
Strike Rate 25%
Prize Money £2,270,061
Grade 1 130
Grade 2 247
Grade 3 64
Listed 87


Cheltenham Festival 46
Cheltenham Gold Cup 4
King George VI Chase 12
Grand National 1
Flat 17


  • Monday 12th April

    An eventful three days at Aintree included a Grade 1 ...  Read More

  • Tuesday 6th April

    We enjoyed a double at Newton Abbot on Saturday but the ...  Read More

  • Monday 29th March

    Four winners over the weekend took the money won by our ...  Read More

  • Monday 22nd March

    Switch Hitter was a timely winner for the yard at ...  Read More

  • Monday 15th March

    We head to Cheltenham in upbeat mood after a tremendous ...  Read More

  • Monday 8th March

    A total of five winners spread between Friday and ...  Read More


Every week we will be focusing on a member of staff at Team Ditcheat. We will ask them 10 questions – hopefully it will give you an insight into the great crew we have here and put a face to who’s who! This week meet Walter Fisher-Barnett.