I don’t know whether Charlie was having a pop at him like so many have but seriously, I’m sick of people moaning about Nicholls running his horses in these races.
I’m all for tradition but when I’m attending a race meeting I’d rather see old friends like Thisthatandtother, Le Passing, Le Duc & Armaturk close the show than some fat nag out of a field.
Why should Hunter/PTP trainers expect to automatically pick up prizes with average/poor charges? The good pointers will still come through (Teeton Mill, Kingscliff etc) so I don’t know what the problem is.
Not sure what the problem is here. The Royal Artillery Gold Cup isn’t a Hunter Chase, it is basically a conditions race open to all horses that have an official rating of 130 or less – hence the appearance of the 130-rated Le Duc. Horses have to be owned on the day by past or present officers of the Royal Artillery – I say "the day" because the majority of these will be leased to General Melchett or whoever to satisfy the ownership criteria.
As far as a "rich tradition", Nicholls has won this in the past with Whitenzo, while back in 1995 it was won by ex-Gold Cup winner Cool Ground.