NICKY RICHARDS’S thoughtful and patient approach to his profession ensures that many of his horses invariably become household names to racing followers and longevity is something that is virtually guaranteed to his band of faithful owners.
One of those doing duty once again is Simply Ned who gave the stable an always welcome Grade 1 success in the Paddy’s Reward Club Chase at Leopardstown in December when the stewards quite rightly awarded him the race after tussle with Min that could only bring the inevitable final result. Simply Ned went onto finish runner-up to his old rival at Leopardstown in January and could be skipping over the Irish Sea for a crack at the Champion Chase at Punchestown but he is not the only flagbearer in a grand team of horse at his famous Greystoke Stables in Cumbria.
Guitar Pete has been a major contributor to his tally this season with victory in the Grade 3 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham in December and the likes of Uncle Alastair and Better Getalong have put up performances that suggest they can fly the flag high for the stable in the future.
Anytime spent talking to Richards is highly entertaining and he kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those he hopes can provide a productive Spring/Summer for his owners at Greystoke.