Talking Horses: Paul Nicholls has huge team despite Covid cutbacks

By: Chris Cook Wednesday 30 September 2

The 11-times champion trainer discusses possible plans for his horses, including big names newly arrived from Ireland

Amid all the Covid-related talk of racehorse owners cutting back and getting out of the game, Paul Nicholls’s stable is bucking the trend. New boxes having been added there this summer to house the many animals he has been sent.

“We’ve just built up a bit of extra capacity,” the 11-times champion jumps trainer told the Guardian during a pre-season tour of his Ditcheat stable, where the strength in depth of equine talent gives him an obvious chance of a 12th title. “We’ve got 150 in work and Will Biddick is doing some pre-training for us down the road at Alhampton. So some days we’re probably riding out 170 between us. We’ve got a lovely, lovely team of horses.”

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