NICKY RICHARDS enjoyed an early Christmas present last weekend with a four-timer at his local Carlisle track on Sunday which topped up a valuable success for My Old Gold when she gained a gutsy success from Cloth Cap in the Bet365 Handicap Chase at Doncaster the previous day.
The roll of honour was led by Big Bad Bear and supplemented by Chapel Stile, Teddy Tee and Kitty Hall and it could well have been a five-timer if the short-priced Skiddaw Tara had read the script and followed suit.
The Festive season has been kind to the Greystoke trainer as stable stalwart Simply Ned has grabbed Grade 1 success twice at the Leopardstown Christmas meeting in the past two years and bids for a hat trick on December 27.
With 21 winners to date, Richards is half way to his total of 42 in the 2018-19 season and has the exciting Ribble Valley looking to give him further cheer at Ascot this Friday.
All is clearly well in his Penrith base camp and Nicky kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those he hopes can bring him further success this term.