Paul Nicholls Gives Us The Lowdown On His Horses | Find Out Who’ll Be Racing At Cheltenham

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At our exclusive press day earlier in the year, champion horse trainer, Paul Nicholls, gave us his opinion on some of his favourite horses. Check out which ones will be racing at Cheltenham >


2012 bay gelding by Voix du Nord (Fr) ex Quaska D’Airy (Fr) (Cachet Noir (USA))

Owners: G Mason, Sir A Ferguson, J Kyle

Paul says: “Although showing huge amounts of promise with us at home sadly Casko D’airy has not yet had the chance to perform on the track due to two separate tendon injuries. A big horse who is clearly extremely fragile we will look to start his training off once again in July with the aim of getting him to the track next autumn.”


2013 bay gelding by Laveron (GB) ex Chamanka (Fr) (Cadoudal (Fr))

Owners: Done, Ferguson, Fogg & Mason

Paul says: “A tall, backward five year old French bred who showed a good level of form in his native country before joining us last winter. Chameron made an encouraging British debut at Exeter in November for us jumping well and finishing second to the useful Briery Queen, I haven’t rushed him and he will continue to improve as he develops and will make a nice staying chaser in time.”


2010 chesnut gelding by Presenting (GB) ex Copper Supreme (Ire) (Supreme Leader (GB)

Owners: Done, Ferguson, Kyle, Mason & Wood

Paul says: “When completing his races he boasts an incredibly high win record, suffering only one defeat in his career, he made a taking chasing debut at Kempton while receiving high praise from his jockey Harry Cobden. He picked up a tendon injury afterwards which has ruled him out of this season but will resume next year a high class chaser. He could be a possible for next season’s Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury. ”


2012 bay gelding by Silver Cross (Fr) ex Sainte Mante (Fr) (Saint Des Saints (Fr))

Owners: Done, Ferguson, Mason & Wood

Paul says: “Already the winner of four races including the Sussex champion hurdle Tommy Silver boasts some excellent form over hurdles and fences, his slick jumping a hallmark of his success. I can’t wait to run him on good ground this spring and in the right conditions he is a high class young chaser who will run in handicaps at either Cheltenham or Aintree, the
Grand Annual at Cheltenham is a possible.”


2012 bay gelding by Kapgarde (Fr) ex Nausicaa Des Obeaux (Fr) (April Night (Fr))

Owners: Mr & Mrs P K Barber, G Mason, Sir A Ferguson

Paul says: “Since he arrived with us I have always held Clan des Obeaux in the highest regard. A rangey horse who has already performed to a very high level over fences, winning a Grade 2 Novice Chase last season. No doubt the best is yet to come with him and he could make a Cheltenham Gold Cup horse in the future.”


2013 bay gelding by Flemensfirth (USA) ex Denwoman (Ire) (Witness Box (USA))

Owners: G Mason, Sir A Ferguson, Mr & Mrs P K Barber

Paul says: “A strong son of the excellent sire Flemensfirth, Densfirth made a pleasing start to his career with us when finishing fourth a strong looking Exeter bumper, a race where the winner has won again since. Very much a future staying chaser he will have another run or two in bumper this season before going over timber next year, a nice horse who is very much one to look forward to over the coming seasons.”


2014 bay gelding by Gold Well ex Five Star Present (Ire)

Owners: G.Mason, Sir A Ferguson, Mr & Mrs P. K. Barber

Paul says: “A unraced, well built and good looking national hunt model, this 4yo son of Gold Well is currently undergoing his education at Will Biddick’s pre-training yard. He does everything right at this tender stage in his career and looks to have all the qualities one would look for in a future staying chaser, something he will be trained to be. Already jumps very well and will start his career in a bumper when he is ready.”


2016 brown colt by Sepoy (Aus) ex Anosti (GB) (Act One (GB))

Owners: G Mason, Sir A Ferguson, J Bolton, A Gibson

Paul says: “The first two-year-old Ged has had in training with us. King of the Ring is a smart looking Sepoy colt bought as a yearling in the autumn. He does everything right at this stage and will be one of the first two-year-olds a I have run in my career as a trainer, A nice horse and he will hopefully play a big part in what is an exciting new project.”


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