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A 13-time champion trainer in Britain, Paul Nicholls has proven himself, time and time again, to be one of the best National Hunt trainers of all time. He has overseen the careers of some of the best horses to ever grace the track, and despite all of his success, Nicholls still has the drive to be even better.

This page is dedicated to the master trainer, supplying you with all the information you will need to know on Paul Nicholls’ runners today, all of his runners for tomorrow, and all of the entries for his horses in the future. For punters looking to back one of Paul Nicholls’ runners, we also have a host of free bet offers and all of the updated prices available from the UK’s best horse racing betting sites and betting apps.

Paul Nicholls Runners Today

This is where you can find out all about Paul Nicholls’ runners today. If you want to know where Paul Nicholls’ horses are due to line up, or if you are interested in what prices horse racing betting sites are offering on his runners, this is the place to be. We have all of the updated prices on Nicholls’ horses that are set to be in action today and, as always, there are plenty of betting offers to take advantage of if you fancy one of his horses to run a big race.

Paul Nicholls Runners Tomorrow

As well as providing you with all of the information on Nicholls’ runners for today’s action above, we also have all of his runners for tomorrow and their live, updated prices as they become available. Keep a close eye, as many of Nicholls’ horses can be well backed early by horse racing betting enthusiasts, meaning that prices can shorten quite quickly.

Paul Nicholls Future Runners

Paul Nicholls will have laid out seasonal plans for his best horses well in advance, and we have all of his future entries in this section to give you an idea of where they may be set to line up. Of course, not all prices will be available for Nicholls’ horses for future races, but if they are, you will find the relevant ante post horse racing odds right here. 


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Paul Nicholls Horses To Follow

Trying to find equine stars with the profile of the likes of Kauto Star, Denman, Master Minded, and Big Bucks, is a near impossible task for any trainer, and it is true that Nicholls has yet to find a horse of that calibre since they graced the track. Nicholls has still seen some talented horses come through his Ditcheat yard in recent years, and our experts are going to point you in the direction of some of Nicholls’ new stars to follow for the season ahead. These horses are likely to win plenty of races throughout the season, so are worth noting if you enjoy betting on horse racing

Bravemansgame is arguably the most talented individual at Nicholls’ disposal right now. One of last season’s best novice chasers, the seven-year-old was unbeaten in his first four races over fences last year, including an impressive victory in the Grade 1, Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton. This season he will make the step up from the novice ranks, and he has been earmarked for a return to Kempton this year for the King George VI Chase. He seems to have plenty of speed in his arsenal, so, come Cheltenham Festival time, a tilt at the Ryanair Chase might be likely, but connections will be hoping that he has another Gold Cup contender on his hands.

Another Nicholls horse that has proven himself to be a consistent performer at the top level is Greaneteen. He was impressive in beating his stablemate Hitman in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown last season, and that race will likely be his early-season target once again. This will likely be followed by a possible tilt at the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham, where a stiff 2m trip should be right up his street.

Two of the recent flagbearers for Nicholls in recent seasons have been the elder statesmen Clan Des Obeaux and Frodon. Clan Des Obeaux is now a two-time Betway Bowl winner at Aintree, and that will be his target again later in the season. Before then, he is likely to try to go one better in the King George VI Chase, a race in which he finished second last year.

Frodon, on the other hand, has a King George victory to his name after his win in 2020, and he is likely to take on his aforementioned stablemate in this season’s renewal. Before then, his main goal will be attempting to defend his crown in the Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal.

Paul Nicholls Horses for Cheltenham

Paul Nicholls has, in recent years, taken the surprising decision to swerve the Cheltenham Festival with some of his best horses, instead concentrating on the likes of the Grand National meeting at Aintree. That may well be the case again this season, but there are some of Nicholls’ horses that might just head to the Festival depending on how their early season form holds up. It will be worth keeping these horses in mind if you like to start your Cheltenham betting early. 

Bravemansgame is the most obvious, with various options open to him, including the Ryanair Chase and the Gold Cup, whilst, Greaneteen could be a big player in the Champion Chase if lining up. Frodon was one of Paul Nicholls’ big horses to run at the Festival last season, but a knock in-running ended any chance of victory in the Ultima Handicap. Clan Des Obeaux swerving Cheltenham proved to be a master stroke by Nicholls, as his classy chaser won a second Betway Bowl at Aintree the following month. Both Frodon and Clan Des Obeaux are potential Cheltenham Gold Cup runners if their trainer decides to change tact, although Frodon might just seek redemption in the Ultima Handicap Chase.

Paul Nicholls Horses for the Grand National

It is hard to believe that Nicholls has only won the Aintree Grand National on one occasion – that being back in 2012 with Neptune Collonges. This year, more disappointment has hit Nicholls’ yard in regard to the National, as the talented Topofthegame has been retired due to injury. Topofthegame would have been Nicholls’ main fancy for the Aintree feature, but there are still two possible runners for team Nicholls, and both are not without chances.

Highland Hunter is now a fully-fledged marathon chaser, and last season’s Welsh National runner-up might just be a little bit better prepared this season with more experience under his belt. He looks ready made for a Grand National tilt. Threeunderthrufive is another Nicholls inmate that is likely to be pointed towards the National. Unlike his stablemate, he has yet to tackle a marathon trip, but he does have a touch of class about him, something that has become a must in recent years for potential winners at Aintree.

Paul Nicholls Biography

Nicholls was born in the small town of Lydney, Gloucestershire, close to the River Severn. Although Nicholls’ father was a policeman, and he himself worked in a bakery whilst in school, the fact that his family had little interest in horses mattered little, as Paul was enamoured with them from a young age.

Having ridden ponies in his younger years, Nicholls began working in a point-to-point yard as a teenager, and finally left school at the age of 16 to begin what would turn out to be an amazing career in the racing industry.

In 1982 he would become a conditional jockey for trainer, David Barons, and enjoyed plenty of success in the saddle, with two Hennessy Gold Cup wins at Newbury and a Welsh National at Chepstow being the highlights. Being such a big man, weight was always going to be a problem for Nicholls throughout his riding career, and this, partnered with a badly broken leg, eventually forced him into retirement in 1989.

Training racehorses had always been the dream for Nicholls, and after spending two years as assistant to the aforementioned Barons, he eventually took out his own license in 1991, and moved to an old yard in Ditcheat, Somerset. The yard belonged to local farmer Paul Barber – someone who would become a huge part of the new trainer’s career in the future.

Initially, Nicholls had just eight horses in training, but quickly made a name for himself in the industry, particularly for the fitness of his horses, who were benefiting from exercising up the now infamous hill gallop at Ditcheat.

See More Business, Call Equiname, and Flagship Uberalles, were the first real star horses to enter Paul Nicholls’ stables. It was these three who gave the trainer an unforgettable year in 1999, as they all won at the Cheltenham Festival, See More Business in the Gold Cup, Call Equiname in the Champion Chase, and Flagship Uberalles the Arkle Chase.

From here on, Nicholls was sitting at the top table of the National Hunt racing game. In 2004 he would better his 1999 Cheltenham haul by one, this time with the assistance of Ruby Walsh, who by now was stable jockey at Ditcheat. 

In the same year as his four-timer at Cheltenham, a horse named, Kauto Star, strolled into Nicholls’ yard, and both horse and trainer’s lives would never be the same again. Kauto Star became one of the greatest National Hunt horses of all time and provided his trainer with an incredible haul of top-level victories, including two Cheltenham Gold Cups, four Betfair Chases, and a record five King George VI Chases.

Just one year after the flamboyant Kauto Star came into Paul Nicholls’ life, a different type of beast trudged his way into the Ditcheat yard. Irish point-to-pointer, Denman, was like chalk to Kauto Star’s cheese in looks and attitude, but, ‘The Tank’ –  as he would become known – possessed just as much ability as his new stablemate, and the added attribute of an undying will to win.

With the likes of, Big Bucks and Master Minded also in his arsenal, it would prove to be a golden era for Nicholls, but it was the rivalry between Kauto Star and Denman that would capture the imagination of the racing world. Kauto Star won his first Gold Cup in 2007, but went down to his new rival Denman the following year. The following season, the two would do battle again at Cheltenham, this time, however, Denman was lining up after an interrupted season in which he was diagnosed with a heart murmur. It was a testament to the horse that he still had the ability to finish runner-up to his stablemate, who was creating history by being the first horse to ever regain the Gold Cup title.

Speaking of titles, in the 2021-2022 season, Nicholls won his 13th British champion jumps trainer title, moving him just two short of the legendary, Martin Pipe. The fact that Nicholls is still determined to win the title each and every season is a testament to how much love he retains for the sport. It would be surprising if he were not to surpass, Pipe, particularly given the number of horses he runs each season. He will just be hoping that some of those horses might kickstart another golden era at Ditcheat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are Paul Nicholls’ stables?

Paul Nicholls’ horses are trained at the state of the art, Ditcheat Stables in Somerset. Ditcheat is actually separated into three different yards, Manor Farm Stables, Highbridge Yard, and Longhill Lodge. The Highbridge Yard currently houses more than just horses, as Nicholls’ own home is also situated there.

How many horses does Paul Nicholls train?

Paul Nicholls’ stables have enough room to house 150 horses at any one time, and there is very rarely a box empty. It is hard to believe that Nicholls arrived in Ditcheat with just 8 horses to train back in 1991.

How old is Paul Nicholls?

Paul Nicholls was born on the 17th April 1962, making him a young at heart, 60 years old. Nicholls began training horses at the age of 29, and with the exuberance that he still shows, there should be plenty more miles on the clock.

Is Harry Cobden Related to Paul Nicholls?

No, Harry Cobden is not related to trainer Paul Nicholls. Cobden is, however, number one jockey to the champion trainer and the pair have enjoyed incredible success together, despite their fledgling partnership. Former jockey, Harry Derham, is the nephew of Nicholls, but unfortunately he had to retire at the age of just 19.

Who is Paul Nicholls stable jockey?

22-year-old, Harry Cobden is the current stable jockey for Paul Nicholls. The former champion conditional has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top. This can be put down to the formidable partnership that has been built with the Ditcheat trainer.

How much is Paul Nicholls worth?

Although the exact net worth of Paul Nicholls is unknown, given that he has raked in substantial prize money throughout the years, it is thought to be well into the millions. Given that he collects a percentage of these massive winnings, it is perhaps not surprising that he is one of the wealthiest trainers in the game

Is Paul Nicholls Irish?

No, trainer, Paul Nicholls is not Irish. Nicholls was born in Lydney, Gloucestershire in the UK, and now lives and trains in Ditcheat, Somerset. Nicholls does, however, enjoy bringing his team of horses to Ireland to compete in the many festivals throughout the season.

Has Paul Nicholls won the Grand National?

Yes, but surprisingly just once. The Grand National has proved to be a difficult race to win for some of the biggest trainers in National Hunt Racing, and Paul Nicholls was no exception. Despite numerous attempts, Nicholls had to wait until the year 2012 to finally taste victory, when Neptune Collonges just got his head in front at the line.

How many winners has Paul Nicholls had at Cheltenham?

Paul Nicholls has recorded 46 winners in total at the Cheltenham Festival. It is not just the amount of overall winners that is so impressive about Nicholls’ festival exploits, it is also the amount of victories in the championship races. He has recorded 4 Gold Cup wins, 6 Champion Chase wins, and 4 Stayers Hurdle victories.

How much are Paul Nicholls’s training fees?

Unless you are lucky enough to have a racehorse good enough for Paul Nicholls to train, the likelihood of finding out the exact training fees is tough. Nicholls has said in the past that it costs approximately £50 per day in training fees, but that number could have risen since then.

Has Paul Nicholls won the Gold Cup?

Paul Nicholls has won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on four occasions. See More Business, was the first in the 1999 renewal of the prestigious race. From 2017 to 2019, Nicholls was unbeatable in the race, with Kauto Star and Denman winning in consecutive years, before Kauto Star wrestled back the title from his stablemate in 2019.

Where was Paul Nicholls born?

Paul Nicholls was born in the small town of Lydney, Gloucestershire, close to the River Severn. Since 1991, Nicholls has been living and training his horses in Ditcheat, Somerset. Ditcheat is separated into three different yards, and it is The Highbridge Yard where Nicholls’ own home is situated.