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Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

A career in racing that spanned more than 40 years

Soba: top-class sprinter was the best horse David Nicholls rode
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Full name David Nicholls

Born Pudsey, Yorkshire, April 30, 1956

Wives (1) Norma Spaven (son Adrian), (2) Alex Greaves

Apprenticed to Deryck Bastiman, Robin Bastiman, Clifford Watts

First winner Hunting Tower, Chester, July 13, 1973

Most prolific winners in a season Soba (11 wins in 1982), Chaplins Club (7 wins in 1985), both trained by David Chapman

Pattern winner as jockey Soba (1983 King George Stakes)

Other big wins on Soba 1982 Gosforth Park Cup, Stewards' Cup, Great St Wilfrid Handicap, Scarbrough Stakes, Coral Bookmakers' Champion Sprint (York), 1983 Scarbrough Stakes

Last winner as jockey Lucky Fourteen, Edinburgh, June 21, 1993

Most wins in a season as jockey 47 (1984)

Total wins as jockey 421 in 21 seasons (1973-93)

Stables Tall Trees, Sessay, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire 1993-2017

First winner as trainer Make Mine A Double, Southwell, December 16, 1993

First Pattern winner as trainer Venture Capitalist (1996 Duke of York Stakes)

Group 1 winners Ya Malak (1997 Nunthorpe Stakes dead-heat), Continent (2002 July Cup, Prix de l'Abbaye), Bahamian Pirate (2004 Nunthorpe Stakes), Regal Parade (2009 Haydock Sprint Cup, 2010 Prix Maurice de Gheest)

Other Pattern winners Proud Native, Rudi's Pet, Strike Up The Band, Fire Up The Band, Moss Vale, Tax Free, Peace Offering, Garnica, Inxile, Sovereign Debt

Stewards' Cup winners as trainer Tayseer (2000), Gift Horse (2005), Evens And Odds (2010)

Ayr Gold Cup winners Bahamian Pirate (2000), Continent (2001), Funfair Wane (2002, 2004), Regal Parade (2008), Redford (2010)

Notable 1-2s 2002 July Cup (Continent, Bahamian Pirate), 2007 Palace House Stakes (Tax Free, Peace Offering), 2008 Ayr Gold Cup (Regal Parade, Tajneed), 2010 Ayr Gold Cup (Redford, Victoire De Lyphar)

Cartier Award winner Continent (2002 sprinter)

Continent: award-winning sprinter for David Nicholls

Highest-rated horses as trainer (Racing Post Ratings) 123 Moss Vale (2006 Phoenix Sprint Stakes), 121 Continent (2002 July Cup), 121 Regal Parade (2009 Haydock Sprint Cup, 2010 Prix Maurice de Gheest, (4th) Prix de la Foret)

Most runners in one race 12 in Stewards' Sprint Handicap (Goodwood) 2003; 11 in same race 2004

Last winner and runner Sovereign Debt, Doha (Qatar) February 24, 2017

Most wins in a season 93 (2011)

Total wins in Britain as trainer 1,269 (1,267 Flat, 2 jumps)

Compiled by John Randall

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