Nicholls leads Mullins in race for Trainers Championship

by Steven Clarke April 20, 2016, 11:30
Nicholls leads Mullins in race for Trainers Championship

Having won four times at Ayr, including the Scottish Grand National, trainer Paul Nicholls has now extended his lead in the race for the British Trainers Championship after Capitaine earned victory at Wincanton. Looking to retain his crown from last year, Nicholls hold a lead of £43,160 with just one week remaining of the season. Having trailed Willie Mullins at the start of the weekend, the pair head into this weekends meeting at Sandown with it all still to play for.

Nicholls is now the 8/11 favourite with bookmakers Coral to claim the title, and despite not having any entries at Perth, should still maintain his lead heading into Saturday’s racing schedule. Sandown certainly provides ample opportunity for both men, with the Gold Cup offering prize money of double the sum by which Mullins currently leads. Added positive news will be the inclusion of Sprinter Sacre in the Celebration Chase, in a race that otherwise looks set to be dominated by Mullins trained favourite Un De Sceuax.

Despite Nicholls maintaining that he and Mullins share an excellent personal relationship, there will certainly be no love lost come Saturday. Nicholls has had ten winners from his last eighteen runners, including Vicente at the recent Scottish Grand National, and will be confident of victory if he can continue such a run. Meanwhile, Mullins will point to a crucial moment at Aintree, in which his favourite Vantour fell, leaving him with it all to do in the final few weeks of racing. Elsewhere for Nicholls, Southfield Theatre is the 8/1 favourite with Coral in the Bet365 Gold Cup, in what could be a pivotal race. For those of you looking for an option to go from a bet to win stake, the eight year old could well provide one of the most attractive runners at Sandown.

Vicente stormed to victory at Ayr, claiming the much coveted Scottish National ahead of Alvarado and seeyouatmidnight, who finished in second and third respectively. Meanwhile, in a further setback for Mullins, 8/1 joint favourite Measureofmydreams crashed out in the early stages of the race. Jockey Sam Twiston-Davies lead Vicente to claim the large winning prize money of £120,000. 


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