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Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Owner Scott seeking new trainer after buying David Nicholls' old yard Tall Trees

David Nicholls: sent out a string of Group 1 sprinters from Tall Trees
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There will be a new incumbent at the Tall Trees Stables made famous by trainer David Nicholls following the purchase of the yard by owner-breeder David Scott.

The stables, at Sessay, near Thirsk, produced a stream of Group 1-winning sprinters during Nicholls' tenure and the Yorkshireman's  exploits earned him the nickname of 'Sprint King'.

He sent out more than 1,300 winners from the yard before financial difficulties forced him to put Tall Trees up for sale last year before his death in June aged 61.

Ingleby Angel (left): carries the colours of David Scott, the new owner of Tall Trees Stables

Scott, whose runners include Thornaby Nash and Ingleby Angel, has purchased the yard and is now recruiting staff, including a trainer.

He said on Tuesday: "I've not advertised for anybody yet but I'm still getting plenty of enquiries. I want to get the right person, ideally someone who's prepared to rent the place and bring in some owners, with my horses going there as support."

Scott has had horses in training with a few trainers in recent years, including David O'Meara and Richard Fahey, but has decided to house them all in one yard.

He added: "It's a situation where I'd like to put them all in one place. I've got a few horses coming through who haven't raced yet and I've been breeding them as well, so there should be more running next season – at least ten, maybe more."

Adrian Nicholls: "I've got my own place and best of luck to whoever goes in to Tall Trees"

There is still a Nicholls presence in Sessay, as his son and former jockey Adrian trains from his own yard just up the road from Tall Trees.

Reflecting on the sale, Nicholls said: "It was always going to happen. I've got my own place and best of luck to whoever goes in there. It's a good yard and that's what it's there for.

"It'll be good to have a neighbour. I wouldn't have minded training from there myself but I'd already started my own yard. I've met David once and he seems a lovely fella, so the best of luck to him."

Nicholls has sent out one winner so far from his yard – The Ranch – and is enjoying his new career, as he added: "I can't live on my old man's name and I have to do it myself. It's hard starting out and unfortunately Dad died before we could really get anything in place. I've got ten in, and they are all new owners. I've not had many runners yet and it's going good."


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I want to get the right person, ideally someone who's prepared to rent the place and bring in some owners, with my horses going there as support

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