Nicholls joy at five-timer
PRESENT MAN capped a memorable day at Wincanton for Paul Nicholls when registering backto-back victories in the Badger Ales Trophy Handicap Chase to complete a 327/1 five-timer for the Ditcheat handler.
Owned by the race sponsors, Present Man became only the second horse to defend the trophy after Swansea Bay in 2002 and 2003, and also put jockey Bryony Frost within one winner of losing her claim.
Sharing duties at the head of affairs with On Demand, Present Man (5/1 joint-favourite) kicked on from the thirdlast fence and kept the last challenger, Sumkindofking, at bay by two and a half lengths.
Nicholls said: “It’s very special. Bryony gave him a fantastic ride, was always in the right place and saved a little bit.”
Nicholls is now looking to the Randox Health Grand National for Present Man, and will first go for the Becher Chase at Aintree next month.
Frost was also on the second of Nicholls’ winners, Capeland (11/4), who took the Ann Westwood Memorial Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase.
Harry Cobden was aboard the stable’s other three winners: Grand Sancy (4/6 favourite) in the EBF Stallions ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Qualifier, If You Say Run (6/4 favourite) in the Hunts Food Service Mares’ Handicap Hurdle and Flic Ou Voyou (5/2) in the concluding bumper.