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 Bay,Silviniaco Conti, Big Buck’s.and Clan Des Obeaux. They and many more have contributed to Paul winning 12 trainers’ championships over the last 15 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, Bravemansgame, Greaneteen and Frodon that trend looks set to continue.
The 2020/2021 season will always be remembered as the year of racing behind closed doors, with empty racecourses, masks and social distancing becoming very much the norm. We were extremely fortunate that racing continued throughout such uncertain times and everyone involved in the yard managed to stay safe and healthy.
Highlights came from Politologue, winning Paul’s 11th Tingle Creek chase at Sandown, Bravemansgame winning the Grade one Challow hurdle at Newbury and Frodon making all for a fabulous victory in the King George giving Paul a twelfth win in the Christmas showpiece. This was backed up by a Charlie Hall victory from Cyrname, a Haldon Gold Cup from Greaneteen and a fantastic Aintree Festival with three winners where Monmiral cemented his place as leading British trained juvenile of the season.
A January across the card six timer provided team Ditcheat with a day to remember, shortly followed by a Denman Chase victory courtesy of Secret Investor and when it all came to an end at Sandown on the last day of the season a three timer with Greaneteen and Frodon taking home grade one and two honours..
Perhaps one of the most satisfying parts of the season was the success in the bumper sphere with last season’s crop boding very well for the future, Kandoo Kid, Chavez, Gold Bullion, Petrossian, Mr Glass, Shearer, Rainyday Woman and Stage Star just some of the horses that won. A strong bumper season was finished off in fine style with the unbeaten Knappers Hill winning the Grade two Aintree bumper under a fine ride from Megan. This success would suggest the future of the yard looks very bright.
Another significant milestone reached this year was getting past Paul’s previous best numerical tally of 171 winners for the season, this time beating that effort by five, the curtain closing on 176, a tally to be hugely proud of, particularly as the season was shorter than normal due to a later starting date because of the pandemic.
After another fantastic season it was incredibly satisfying for Paul to lift a twelfth trainers’ championship at Sandown on the final day, something Paul and the entire team are extremely proud of. A trainers championship signifies a year of hard work and dedication from the whole team of staff to gain continued success throughout the campaign and demonstrates once again Paul’s relentless pursuit of success.
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 not only enjoy the success we have enjoyed but continue that with the ambition as ever in Ditcheat to always improve and get better, this season will be no different.
A brand new jumping surface on our schooling arena is just one of the many improvements planned for this summer before the majority of horses come back in from their summer holidays in July.
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.
|TOTAL TRAINED NATIONAL HUNT WINNERS||3,328|
|2021-22 NH SEASON|
PAUL NICHOLLS RACING 2020
|Cheltenham Gold Cup||4|
|King George VI Chase||12|
- Monday 19th July
It was great to see Scaramanga gain an overdue first ... Read More
- Tuesday 4th May
The superb success of Clan Des Obeaux in the ... Read More
- Sunday 25th April
We ended a fabulous season with all guns blazing at ... Read More
- Monday 19th April
Hearing the news of Lorna Brooke’s death on Monday ... Read More
- 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
TEAM DITCHEAT 10
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 Diarmuid Moloney.