Nicky Richards

    Stable stalwarts like Simply Ned and Guitar Pete have been filling the coffers at Nicky Richards's establishment and there are several who are waiting in the wings for better spring ground who will continue that coffer filling role.
  • Tuesday 20 February 2018
  • Stable Tours

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.

All Horses

Ballyboker Breeze (IRE)

  • 10-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Gold Well - Ballyboker Lady (Rashar)
  • Trained by: N G Richards
  • Last Race: Perth, 26 Sep 2018 16:20
  • Result: U/9, raced wide, chased leaders, went 2nd 11th, led 14th, blundered badly veered left 4 out saddle slipped ran off the track and unseated rider
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Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 10 starts and currently rated 137 over fences. Gained his last success when beating Kaki De La Pree four and a half lengths in a handicap chase at Bangor (3m) in December 2016.

Trainer Says:

He will be a Spring/Summer time horse and he wants a bit of decent ground. He is coming to himself nicely now and hopefully we have a good bit of fun with him.

Video Form
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Baywing (IRE)

  • 9-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Winged Love - Cerise de Totes (Champ Libre)
  • Trained by: N G Richards
  • Last Race: Kelso, 7 Apr 2018 15:00
  • Result: 2/10, mid-division, headway 5 out, mistake 2 out, chased winner and hit last, kept on and always held by winner run-in
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Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 16 starts and currently rated 140 over fences. Finished third, beaten seven and a quarter lengths, to Smooth Stepper in a handicap chase at Newcastle (2m 7 1/2f) this month off a mark of 142.

Trainer Says:

He won the Towton Chase at Wetherby last year and the handicapper wasn’t very kind to him. This year he fell at Haydock one day and ran well in the Rowland Meyrick back at Wetherby. I thought he ran a nice race on his latest start at Newcastle and the view is to go for the Eider Chase there this Saturday. The trip in the Eider won’t be an issue and I just hope they keep getting a bit of rain - he loves heavy ground.

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Bernardelli (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of six of his 28 starts and currently rated 125 over fences. Finished fourth, beaten 15 ½ lengths, to Bright Prospect in a handicap chase at Kelso (2m 7 1/2f) in January off a mark of 128.

Trainer Says:

He has run ok a couple of times this year without setting the world alight and the handicapper is starting to ease up on him a little now. I would hope he can win a couple of handicaps with him.

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Better Getalong (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 8 starts and currently rated 138 over hurdles. Finished runner-up, beaten 12 lengths, to Cyrus Darius in the Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso (2m 2f) last Thursday.

Trainer Says:

He has done pretty good and won a couple of novice hurdles in the North.  I took him to Cheltenham and he ran a nice race in a Grade 2 in November. I ran him at Kelso last Thursday in another Grade 2 and he ran another decent race. The winner beat him well but I don’t think he enjoyed the ground the other day. We are probably going to step him up to two and a half miles and he will go to Ayr at the beginning of March and then he will probably go onto Aintree after that.

Blakerigg (IRE)

Form Profile:

No wins from 6 starts and currently rated 96. Finished runner-up, beaten a length, to Doktor Glaz in a novices handicap chase at Doncaster (2m 3f) in January off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He is probably very ground dependent and that’s why he hasn’t run much. He ran well at Doncaster a few weeks ago and as soon as we get a little bit better ground I am sure that he won’t be far away from winning races.

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Caius Marcius (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 16 starts and currently rated 124 over hurdles. Last win in a handicap hurdle at Perth (2m) in May when beating Verona Opera two and three quarter lengths off a mark of 124.

Trainer Says:

He is more of a Summer horse and he is just starting to canter now. He has had the Winter off and he will no doubt pay his way during the Summer.

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Chapel Stile (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Scorpion - Peggy Cullen (Presenting)
  • Trained by: N G Richards
  • Last Race: Ayr, 20 Apr 2018 17:15
  • Result: Won/18, mid-division, lost place and pushed along from 7th, headway under pressure before 3 out, ridden to lead last, stayed on when strongly pressed flat, just held on
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Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 7 starts and currently rated 112 over hurdles. Off the mark in a handicap hurdle at Doncaster (3m 1/2f) in December when beating Big Penny two lengths off a mark of 105.

Trainer Says:

He won at Doncaster in December and probably wants a bit better ground. Where there has been a race for him there hasn’t been the ground and I haven’t been able to run him. He is another who will be winning again when he gets better ground.

Video Form
1 Dec 2017:
15 Feb 2017:

Chidswell (IRE)

  • 9-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Gold Well - Manacured (Mandalus)
  • Trained by: N G Richards
  • Last Race: Perth, 25 Apr 2018 15:10
  • Result: PU/11, mid-division, hampered 1st, jumped right and baulked 2nd, headway after 11th, struggling before 3 out, pulled up before last
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Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 16 starts and currently rated 132 over fences. Runner-up in his first two starts this season and failed by only a neck behind Bright Prospect in a handicap chase at Kelso (2m 7 1/2f) in January off a mark of 130.

Trainer Says:

He ran well last time at Kelso when we stepped him up to three miles. He was beaten in a photo after not jumping the last very well and I would say he will win a couple of handicaps and might pick up a nice one somewhere going through the Spring.

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23 Dec 2017:
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Cockley Beck (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of her 5 starts and currently rated 100 over hurdles. Best effort in three starts this season when beaten a neck by Miss Tiggy in a maiden hurdle at Ayr (2m) in November.

Trainer Says:

She has run three ok races and maybe just wants better ground. I don’t think she has been enjoying the ground and we are going to try her over two and a half miles on a little bit better ground and, hopefully, we will see her in a better light.

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Conquer Gold (IRE)

  • 8-y-o; bay mare
  • Breeding: Gold Well - Ballinamona Wish (Kotashaan)
  • Trained by: N G Richards
  • Last Race: Bangor, 24 Mar 2018 14:15
  • Result: 6/8, prominent, bumped 1st, led next, jumped right and headed 3rd, stayed handy until before 2 out, soon weakened, mistake last
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Form Profile:

Winner of two of her 12 starts and currently rated 117 over hurdles. Best effort in three starts this season when runner-up, beaten three and a half lengths, to Beyondtemptation in a handicap hurdle at Newcastle (2m 4 1/2f) in December off a mark of 118.

Trainer Says:

She has run a couple of ok races and got absolutely stuck in the mud last time at Ayr. As soon as it gets a little bit better ground I am sure she will come back and win a couple of handicap chases in the near future.

Video Form
23 Dec 2017:
18 Apr 2016:

Cultram Abbey

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 23 starts and currently rated 136 over fences. Runner-up in two Hunter Chases at Kelso (2m 7 1/2f) in January and February – beaten only a nose by Sir Jack Yeats at that venue last Thursday.

Trainer Says:

He is Hunter Chasing this time and he’s run two solid races at Kelso. He was beaten in a photograph both times which was a bit of a shame but we will carry on in Hunter Chases and half the beauty it that he is getting re-handicapped in those races and had already gone down a little.

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Duke Of Navan (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of six of his 21 starts and currently rated 145 over fences. Returned to winning form on his latest start in a handicap chase at Doncaster (2m 1/2f) in January when beating Bigmartre a short head off a mark of 140.

Trainer Says:

He is a good horse and he has run four times this season and, apart from falling at the second at Newbury he has run three honest races. He won a nice handicap at Doncaster last time and he might go back down to Doncaster and miss the Cheltenham Festival and then go up to Ayr or Punchestown. A flat track seems to suit him well and I’m not quite sure he would come up the hill at Cheltenham.

Video Form
27 Jan 2018:

Echo Express (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his four starts and currently rated 105 over hurdles. Came closest to victory in three runs over hurdles on his debut at Kelso (2m) in October when beaten a nose by Temple Man.

Trainer Says:

He ran a promising race first time and he’s a big young horse and that soft/heavy ground isn’t ideal for him as he’s not at full strength yet. He probably just wants a bit better ground so we have given him a break and he will be ready when ground dries out a little.

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22 Nov 2017:
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Guitar Pete (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of eight of his 40 starts and currently rated 139 over fences. Gained his last success in the Grade 3 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham (2m 5f) in December when scoring by two and three quarter lengths from Clan Des Obeaux off a mark of 134.

Trainer Says:

He has been a star and ran very consistent and we landed a big one at Cheltenham with him in unfortunate circumstances but you have to take a victory. He is in grand fettle and he will be going down to Cheltenham. We worked him at Haydock on Saturday and he will go for the 2m 5f handicap chase.

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Isaacstown Lad (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 25 starts and currently rated 132 over hurdles. Finished third, beaten a length and three quarters, to Tommy Rapper in a handicap hurdle at Haydock (2m 7f) on Saturday off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He is in the grip of the handicapper and, despite that, ran another courageous race at Haydock on Saturday when finishing third to Tommy Rapper. I could bore you for the next 20 minutes talking about how he is handicapped but he is a consistent horse and hopefully he will carry on the same way and be there or thereabouts.  

Video Form
12 Jun 2018:

My Old Gold (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two point-to-points in Ireland in 2017 and placed in both his novice hurdles at Ayr (2m) in December (third, beaten 10 ½ lengths, to Mcgowans Pass) and Newcastle (2m 4 1/2f) in January (runner-up, beaten a length and a half, to Petticoat Tails).

Trainer Says:

She has run twice for us and she has run two good solid races. I can run her in handicaps now as well as novice hurdles and I am quite sure she will win a couple of races going into the Spring. She is a likeable mare and she was running on well and will win plenty of chases next year.

Video Form
30 Jan 2018:

On A Promise (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 7 starts and currently rated 110 over hurdles. Winner of a conditional jockey novices’ handicap hurdle at Wetherby (2m 5 1/2f) in November by three and a half lengths from Alfie’s Choice off a mark of 91 and followed up with a four length victory from Rivabodiva seven days later. Subsequently runner-up, beaten five lengths, to Pop Rockstar in a handicap hurdle at Wetherby (3m) in December off a mark of 105.

Trainer Says:

He is grand horse and won a couple then got beat on a return visit to Wetherby. I think he ran a bit keen then – he got himself up to the front then jumped round with the choke out. He also bumped into one of Jonjo’s who looked well handicapped. He can find another little race somewhere in the Spring.

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One For Harry (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of eight of his 36 starts and currently rated 142 over hurdles. Finished second, beaten three lengths, to Elusive Theatre on his last outing in a handicap hurdle at Ayr (2m 5 1/2f) in January off a mark of 138.

Trainer Says:

He is a lovely consistent horse who rarely runs a bad race. He is another in the grip of the handicapper – he has won one this year and hopefully he might win again but it’’s tough for them horses when they get up to 142 in the ratings.

Peters Cousin (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of her only start in a bumper at Carlisle in October by two lengths, from Mary Eleanor.

Trainer Says:

She is a grand mare who won very well at Carlisle and then we sent her to Cheltenham Sales and lucky enough the man who bought her sent her back to me. The plan is to go to Sedgefield on March 13 and, all being well, she will go to Aintree for the Mares’ bumper.

Video Form
13 Mar 2018:

Progress Drive (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 11 starts and currently rated 128 over fences. Scored by 17 lengths from Lochnell in a novices’ handicap chase at Ayr (3m) last week off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He is a grand horse who has run three times this year and he jumped well and travelled well when winning at Ayr last time. He looked like an improving horse and hopefully we will have a good Spring with him.

Simply Ned (IRE)

  • 11-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Fruits Of Love - Bishops Lass (Marju)
  • Trained by: N G Richards
  • Last Race: Kelso, 7 Oct 2018 16:25
  • Result: 4/5, held up in 4th, not fluent 5 out, outpaced before 2 out, soon ridden, never able to challenge
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Form Profile:

Winner of nine of his 37 starts and currently rated 158 over fences. Awarded a Grade 1 Chase at Leopardstown (2m 1f) over Christmas after finishing half a length behind Min. Comprehensively beaten by Min when they rematched in Grade 2 event at Leopardstown (2m 1f) this month.

Trainer Says:

He has been another grand servant to us this year and has run some solid races over here and then ran two grand races in Ireland. We got the Grade 1 race at Leopardstown over Christmas in the Stewards’ room but I don’t think there was any argument about that. He is a very consistent at that top level and just misses the cut in the very best races but he’s very tough and consistent. If we are happy with him he will only have one more run in the two mile Champion Chase at Punchestown.

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Takingrisks (IRE)

  • 9-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Golden Tornado - Downtown Rosie (Good Thyne)
  • Trained by: N G Richards
  • Last Race: Perth, 3 Jun 2018 16:10
  • Result: 5/11, tracked leaders, outpaced by clear trio after 4 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression
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Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 15 starts and currently rated 127 over fences. Finished fourth, beaten seven and a quarter lengths, to Mercian Prince in a handicap chase at Wetherby (2m 3 1/2f) this month off a mark of 130.

Trainer Says:

He has been a little unlucky this year and ran a nice race first time then I took him to Kelso and he was going very well when falling three out. We then took him to Wetherby over three weeks ago and he gave himself an overreach. I have just lost a little bit of ground with him but hopefully he will have a good Spring. He is a grand horse and deserves to win a couple of races.

Video Form
24 Feb 2018:
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Teddy Tee (IRE)

  • 9-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Mountain High - Knocksouna Lady (Oscar)
  • Trained by: N G Richards
  • Last Race: Perth, 25 Apr 2018 16:15
  • Result: 3/6, held up in touch, not fluent 6th, mistake and lost place next, mistake and reminder 8th, closed 10th, mistake 4 out, weakened next
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Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 13 starts and currently rated 122 over fences. Finished runner-up, beaten six lengths, to Very First Time in a novices’ handicap chase at Newcastle (2m 7 1/2f) in December on his latest start off his current mark. .

Trainer Says:

He is a great big horse who stays well and goes in extremes of ground. He probably goes to the next Ayr meeting I think there is a three mile three handicap chase up there and that’s where he goes next

Video Form
23 Dec 2017:
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Uncle Alastair

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Midnight Legend - Cyd Charisse (Kayf Tara)
  • Trained by: N G Richards
  • Last Race: Ayr, 20 Apr 2018 15:15
  • Result: 3/11, tracked leaders, effort after 3 out, ridden after next, one pace before last, went 3rd and kept on flat, not reach front pair
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Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 6 starts and rated 130 over hurdles. Has won his five completed starts and stayed on strongly to beat Bulkov a length and a quarter in a novices’ hurdle at Ayr (2m) in January.

Trainer Says:

He is a grand horse and a bit of a character. He just saves a little bit for himself but keeps winning and I don’t know how good he is. He jumps well and travels well and everything indicates he has a good level of ability. No doubt we will quietly find out in the Spring and he might go to Newcastle on Saturday or a handicap at Ayr on the Monday.

Video Form
24 Feb 2018:

Western Rules (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 11 starts and currently rated 117 over hurdles. Finished fourth, beaten 14 lengths, to Kansas City Chief in a handicap hurdle at Doncaster (3m 1/2f) in January off a mark of 118.

Trainer Says:

He has run three times and has run three ok races without managing to get his head in front. He had a bit of a break through injury and I think will come back and win a couple of races in March and April.

Video Form
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Wot A Shot (IRE)

  • 9-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Refuse To Bend - Ashdali (Grand Lodge)
  • Trained by: N G Richards
  • Last Race: Perth, 15 Jul 2018 17:15
  • Result: PU/4, gifted clear lead, raced keenly, hit 3rd, reduced advantage after 3 out, headed and beaten when blundered next, soon weakened, pulled up before last
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Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 50 starts and currently rated 110 over hurdles. Returned to winning form on his latest start at Musselburgh (1m 7 1/2f) in December when scoring by three and a half lengths from Raised On Grazeon off a mark of 100.

Trainer Says:

He is a Summer jumpers and we ran him into the Autumn and he ran well. He is having a break for a few more weeks and then we will get him on the go. He is very consistent and no doubt he will come back and win again.

Video Form
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