May The Best Man Win At Sandown
Since the 2005-06 British National Hunt season, Paul Nicholls has dominated the Champion Trainer title, winning in nine out of the last ten seasons, only to be beaten once by Nicky Henderson in 2012-13. This achievement alone is a phenomenal one, and having ruled British racing for the best part of the last decade, regardless of tomorrow’s outcome, Paul Nicholls will forever be considered one of the greatest trainers of all time.
Last year, the Sandown meeting was A.P McCoy’s swansong and the build up to the season finale was centred on his retirement from the sport and how much he was going to be missed. It was an emotional meeting and one which was a dedication to the greatest ever jumps jockey, and rightly so.
This year, however, has a fierier, more competitive edge to it. Willie Mullins, who at the end of the season will become Irish Champion Trainer for the tenth year in a row, and twelfth time in total, is now looking to do the double and win the British title, which would be an achievement that will go down in history. Only £53,556 separates the two, and although both have runners today, it is going to be decided tomorrow at Sandown, where a total of £485,000 is up for grabs across the meeting.
The stakes couldn’t be higher, but this duel between the two legendary trainers has been a thrilling contest to watch and is a fantastic advert for jumps racing, where the competition has been carried out in excellent spirit. Regardless of the result, it has been a thoroughly entertaining spectacle and everyone at Racing FX wishes both trainers the best of luck.