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Paul Nicholls not getting carried away despite super Saturday of five winners

By GeraintTucker  |  Posted: December 11, 2013

Paul Nicholls

Ditcheat trainer Paul Nicholls

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Paul Nicholls says he will not be getting carried away despite picking up five winners on Saturday.

He now leads the trainers’ championship but was keen to praise his horses and jockeys after the weekend success.

The Ditcheat-based trainer’s first two wins came through Saphir Du Rheu and Hinterland at Sandown before Unioniste and Rebel Rebellion added a quick-fire double at Aintree.

And the appropriately named There’s No Panic added a fifth win in the final race at Sandown to complete a fantastic day’s work, which also included two second places, but his response was cautious.

“In horse racing, it is best not to get too despondent when things are going badly and not to go overboard when they are going well – this game has a nasty habit of giving you a quick reality check, as we know all too well at Ditcheat,” Nicholls wrote on his Betfair blog.

“So, even though it put us £75,000 or so in front in the trainers’ championship, you won’t get me talking about titles, I am afraid.

“But, of course, the five winners were brilliant for Team Ditcheat. The horses are running well and the lads are riding out of their skins. And I was particularly pleased to see Ryan Mahon give Rebel Rebellion a peach of a ride to win at Aintree.

“It can’t have been easy for him living in the shadows of Daryl [Jacob], Nick [Scholfield] and Sam [Twiston-Davies] this season. But he is an integral and valued member of our team here and I have said to him to be patient, keep working hard, and the rewards will come.

“Hopefully the victory will see him used more by other trainers, as well as us here.”

Nicholls was particularly pleased to see There’s No Panic come good after health problems in the summer.

He is also hoping for more success this weekend, with several hoses lined up for action.

“We have always thought a lot of Hinterland but what probably pleased me most about yesterday was the Sandown victory of There’s No Panic, who continued Andy Stewart’s brilliant winning run, along with Saphir Du Rheu.

“We have had our problems with the horse – he had a breathing operation in the summer, and things didn’t go to plan on his first two starts back – but we thought he had a lot in his favour [on Saturday].

“But you can’t rest on your laurels and live on past glories in this game, not with the big meetings coming thick and fast.

“There is a big weekend of racing coming up, where the likes of Zarkandar, Ptit Zig, Grandioso, Wonderful Charm, Sam Winner and a nice juvenile called Vicenzo Mio – to name a few possibles – will hopefully keep up the good work.

“And before that I am looking forward to running Ghizao in the Peterbrough Chase at Huntingdon on Thursday.”

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