Paul Nicholls has been Champion Trainer for 11 seasons training upwards of 3100 winners in his career which started in October 1991 at his current yard in Ditcheat, Somerset. His previous career as a jockey yielded over 100 winners before he arrived at Manor Farm Stables, having completed his two-year apprenticeship as assistant trainer with David Barons.
Of his impressive 3100+ winners, over 100 of them have been at Grade 1 level, including four Gold Cups, a Grand National, and the astonishing tally of 12 King George VI’s, in 2020 with Frodon and a record breaking five with Kauto Star.
A host of horses that are champions within their own rights have become synonymous with Nicholls and the team; these include the likes of See More Business, Kauto Star, Denman, Master Minded, Big Bucks, Neptune Collonges and more recently the likes of Silviniaco Conti, Dodging Bullets, Clan des Obeaux and Frodon providing more Grade 1 wins.
As part of Dodson & Horrell’s support of Team Nicholls, a monthly award was set up to recognise the hard work and dedication that the staff at the yard put in to get the horses to the track in peak condition. Harry Derham, Assistant Trainer and his panel of selectors choose the winner each month. The winner receives a Dodson & Horrell gilet and a £30 gift voucher, both courtesy of Dodson & Horrell.