REIGNING champion Paul Nicholls saddles four runners at Chepstow on Friday as he bids to extend his lead over Willie Mullins in the British trainers’ championship
Nicholls, who is seeking a tenth title, tops the current standing by £53,556 heading into the penultimate day of the title race and will be confident of adding to his prize haul as three of his representatives at Chepstow either heading the market or are second favourite.
The biggest prize that Nicholls could earn from a single race this afternoon is £7,798, which Ruben Cotter will be tasked with earning in the 2m3½f handicap chase at 6.05.
Nicholls’ other runners at Chepstow are Rainy City (4.30), Simon Squirrel (5.05) and Whispering Storm (8.05).
Mullins at Perth
As has been the theme throughout the trainers’ championship, Mullins is not so strongly represented in numerical terms, though he is going for a bigger prize with Rolly Baby, who is 7-4 favourite in the four-runner 2m4f novices’ handicap chase at Perth, a race in which the winning connections will receive £9,097.
Both trainers have their horses in excellent form at present but it was Nicholls who extended his advantage over Mullins on Thursday by saddling an across-the-card treble at Exeter and Warwick. Mullins managed a winner and a second from his two representatives at Perth.
The trainers’ title comes to a climax at Sandown on Saturday, where Mullins and Nicholls are both heavily represented as they target the valuable prizes that will help them over the line.
Prize-money totals at start of racing 22.4.16
Friday runners in Britain:
Paul Nicholls – Rainy City (4.30 Chepstow), Simon Squirrel (5.00 Chepstow), Ruben Cotter (6.05 Chepstow) Whispering Storm (8.05 Chepstow)
Willie Mullins – Rolly Baby (3.40 Perth)
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