PAUL NICHOLLS was back at the top of the trainers' pile in 2018/19 when his prize money total of £3,307.172 and 135 winners provided him with his 11th Jumps title.
The Ditcheat trainer’s restocking programme of the past few years clearly reaped it’s rewards as he passed the £3 million barrier for the fifth time and just a glance at some the jumping blueboods in his care will strike fear into his rivals this time around.
Cyrname has the highest rating for a horse over Jumps with his demolition of the opposition in the Ascot Chase earning him a rating of 176 and Frodon maintaining the public’s affection for him with a typical diehard success in the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham in March.
Clan Des Obeaux came of age when winning the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day and the courageous Black Corton gained a well-deserved graded success in the Oaksey Chase at Sandown on the closing day of the season.
The embryo horses at Ditcheat invariably have the long-term stamp of chaser embellished on them but he has ammunition right across the board to ensure that at the business end of the season he will be either leading or in close pursuit for a 12th title.
With the Jumps season getting under way in earnest at Chepstow this weekend, Harry Derham, assistant to Nicholls, kindly guided Tony Elves of attheraces.com through several of the Ditcheat team that well could come up trumps once more.