David Nicholls

  • David started out in racing as a jockey and was one of the leading Northern jockeys for many years before switching to training.
  • David trains from his own yard near Thirsk, although in reality the yard is not that near anywhere, being in splendid isolation in the lovely Yorkshire countryside.  With the rapid and sustained success David has achieved since he started training, the yard has grown out of all recognition from the few boxes and a caravan that it started out as all those years ago.
  • The yard is made up of American style barns with good light and air circulation, warm in the winter and cool in the summer and all with automatic water fillers.  There are six undercover horse walkers and an indoor school.  The yard has a straight 5 furlong all weather gallop and two grass gallops, as well as countless lunge pits to give the horses plenty of variety and relaxation.
  • David started training in 1992.  He started with just 5 horses and the help of his wife Alex Greaves, who was champion lady jockey and rode a total of 7 winners for our syndicates.  Alex has now retired but the yard now has around 100 horses. In  2008, David trained 68 winners and £810,000, in 2009 the winners of 84 races and £1,168,000 and in 2010 the winners of 88 races and £875,000.
  • David has become known as ‘The Sprint King’ for the huge success he has had over the years with sprinters and in the top sprints.  He has won the Ayr Gold Cup 6 times and the Nunthorpe twice.  He won the July Cup and the Prix L’Abbeye in the same year with Continent and has won both of the big sprints at Royal Ascot, The Wokingham and the Stewards Cup.
  • There have been many but David would have special affection for the 2010 Ayr Gold Cup and Totesport Cup winner, Redford, Continent, who won the Ayr Gold Cup, the July Cup and the Prix L’Abbeye, Funfair Wane, who won the Ayr Gold Cup twice for Kevin Keegan’s wife, and Fire Up the Band, a group winner of 9 races and £250,000. 
  • Other stars would include Tax Free, Regal Parade, Inexile, Moss Vale, Bahamian Pirate, Peace Offering, Indian Trail and Gift Horse but probably the first horse to put David on the map and one that David was especially fond of was our own Josephs Wine, who won 11 races in a fantastic career.

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