'We've got the bit between our teeth' - Paul Nicholls eyeing record prize-money after festival resurgence

Paul Nicholls: trained two Cheltenham Festival winners this week
Paul Nicholls: trained two Cheltenham Festival winners this weekCredit: Patrick McCann

A spirited Paul Nicholls is looking to capitalise on an excellent week at the Cheltenham Festival and break his own record for prize-money in a single season for a British trainer after passing the £3 million mark on Friday.

Nicholls spoke of his delight after ending a two-year drought at jump racing's biggest meeting with success for Stage Star in the Turners' Novice Chase on Thursday, and he doubled up the following day with 18-1 shot Stay Away Fay in the Albert Bartlett.

Yet it was the £132,800 collected from Bravemansgame's courageous second place behind Galopin Des Champs in the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup which meant the yard reached £3 million for the first time in four seasons. 

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James StevensWest Country correspondent
Published on 18 March 2023Last updated 18:30, 18 March 2023