The master himself, champion trainer Paul Nicholls, is accustomed to opening his stable doors. I have always found him to be the most open of trainers and he has permitted me to film in the Ditcheat yard often – and just left me to it.
Bookies are offering odds on him to have fewer winners at the 2013 Cheltenham festival than chief rival Nicky Henderson. I understand that and would not disagree. Henderson has a real chance of training the winners of the biggest races.
Some punters are even having a dabble on Nicholls to fire blanks at the festival and not train one winner.
Not me. I wouldn’t be as bold to back against Paul Nicholls to that extent. True, by his own admittance, the yard is in a bit of a transitional phase. The superstars have retired. But he has some very exciting horses and the yard was firing in the winners earlier this season.
He has some very promising stars waiting in the wings and I expect some of those to be involved in the finish of some of the big races at Cheltenham in March.
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