Ni­cholls joy at five-timer

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RACING -

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.

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