Team Nicholls gear up for Ayr with double score
REPORT: MUSSELBURGH Monday
DAVID NICHOLLS and his son Adrian tuned up for another crack at the one of their favourite races, the Ayr Gold Cup in the best possible manner when completing a double with Keys OfCyprus and Nchike.
Nicholls senior saddled four of the five winners of the big Scottish sprint between 2000 and 2004, Adrianhaving partnered Bahamian Pirate who started the ball rolling and Funfair Wane two years later.
Keys of Cyprus gamely took the 7f handicap and Nicholls (Adrian) went on: “This horse had a long time off but dad's assistant Ben Beasley did a great job with him and said we ought to put him back in training and he has now won two of his five races this season.
“He issix now, but he has not had much racing andis still a bit green really.”
Nchike had rather less to spare in the seller (retained without a bid) and Nicholls added: “He ran in the Brocklesby at the first meeting of the season and he has kept going since, but this is his level.”
There was a sting in the tale however as Nicholls picked up a two-day suspension (September 29 and 30) for using his whip with excessive frequency.
Apprentice Freddie Tylicki was also in double form, opening his scoring on Alan Swinbank's Merchant Of Dubai in the 1m 6f handicap and striking again on the Nigel Tinkler-trained King Of Swords in the 5f handicap.
William Powrie, part-owner of Merchant Of Dubai said: “Alan was quite confident, the horse had done three good bits of work recently. He may run at Hamilton on Sunday.”
There could also be a quick return to the fray for King Of Swords, having his third run since being gelded as Tinkler said: “He is in at Beverley on Wednesday when he will have a 5lb penalty.”
Swinbank doubled up himself with Wind Star in the 1m 1f handicap after which Neil Brown, who is making a bold bid for the apprentice championship said: “The problem is that I start a ten-day suspension on Thursday, but I think David Probert and William Buick have bans coming up too.”
Linda Perratt pulled off a one-two with Chookie Hamilton, ridden by Tom Eaves, and Forrest Flyer in the 1m 4f handicap and she said: “I don't like having to run two in a race, butit looked as if Forrest Flyer would not get in a race later in the week and with all the abandonments about you have to take your chance when you can.”
Mick Channon's Cerito took the nursery in the hands of apprentice Matthew Davies.
Andrew Mullen was suspended for three days (September 29-October 1) on Mary Mason while Graham Gibbons will be sidelined for one day (September 29) for using his whip with excessive frequency on Fivefootnumberone.
Triple dead heat with doubles for Adrian Nicholls, Frederick Tylicki and Alan Swinbank