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 now have 139 horses in training in our two yards 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 principle rider.

There will be a huge amount of work that goes on through the summer months

This horrible situation the world now finds itself in has of course had an effect on the racing community and with such uncertain times ahead Paul’s focus has always been the health and well being of his staff ensuring that they will all be financially supported through this turbulent time and of course the welfare of the horses in his care.

Team Ditcheat, however never stands still and as always there will be a huge amount of work that goes on through the summer months in order to ensure when racing does return we are primed for another successful term.

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 3,117
Irish Winners 25
French Winners 4
2020-21 NH SEASON
Winners 16
Strike Rate 28%
Prize Money £103,433
Grade 1 125
Grade 2 235
Grade 3 64
Listed 85


Cheltenham Festival 46
Cheltenham Gold Cup 4
King George VI Chase 11
Grand National 1
Flat 16


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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 Holly Shineton.