Nicholls and Mullins battle it out for Trainers Championship

by Sadie Mccarthy Abril 20, 2016, 11:34
Nicholls and Mullins battle it out for Trainers Championship

Trainer Paul Nicholls extended the gap between himself and rival Willie Mullins after he collected four wins at Wincanton having already won the same amount of races at Ayr just days earlier. Celebrating his 54th birthday, Nicholls’ successful weekend was topped off by a win for Vicente in the Scottish Grand National, leaving him with a narrow lead over Irishman Mullins. With the racing season just a week from completion, this weekends meeting at Sandown looks likely to provide the deciding races in the hunt for the British Trainers Championship.

Opening up for Nicholls at Wincanton was Zubayr, who after a disappointing display at the recent Cheltenham Festival, romped home in the Novices Hurdle. Elsewhere for Nicholls there wins for Emerging Talent, Movewiththetimes and Capitaine extended his lead over Mullins to £43,160. The Bet365 Gold Cup on Saturday now looks set to be pivotal in the battle between the two legendary trainers. Nicholls remains the favourite to defend his title in which he collected last year, with bookmakers Coral offering odds of 8/11. For those of you looking to recover from Grand National losses, why not place a bet here

The two trainers will have eight of the fifty three entries for the race on Saturday, as they look to give themselves the best possible opportunity of claiming a much coveted victory in a race worth over £140,000. Nicholls has five entries in the form of Southfield Theatre, Wonderful Charm, Just a Par, Rocky Creek and Pacha Du Polder. Meanwhile, despite having just three entries for the race, Mullins will be confident that the quality of trio Des Champs, Measureofmydreams and Pleasant Company can provide more than a chance of victory. However, it is Southfield Theatre that is the favourite heading into the race, as Coral offer odds of 8/1 for the eight year old to hand Nicholls a crucial win.

There had been talk of a return to action for Grand National runner up The Last Samuri, however the four year old is unlikely to feature again this season after his exploits at Aintree. June provides the next high quality horse racing action, as Royal Ascot heads the summer schedule. The historic event is always one to look forward to for racing fans, with the Queen Anne and Ascot Gold Cup races providing the best opportunities for those looking to place a Royal Ascot bet.

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