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Lucky Break - Paul Nicholls (MCR)

This book has been on my to-read pile since last December as it was a present that I hadn't asked for. Not because it's writer or its subject matter is of no interest to me, that could not be further from the truth. But because I believe Paul Nicholls still has years ahead of him before he retires as one of the most successful jumps trainers Britain has ever known.

At just under three hundred pages PN takes the reader through his early years as a jockey through to the vertigo-inducing heights of success as the trainer of such brilliant horses as See More Business, Big Bucks, Neptune Collonges, Denman, and of course the brilliant Kauto Star. For me as a racing fan it was great to read about this particular trainers schooling and prep for the famous victories of his horses, especially Kauto Star who is easily one of the best steeple chasers in the long history of the game and I remember where I was watching the telly and who I was with for most of his famous victories (including two Cheltenham Gold Cups and five memorable Boxing Day wins in the King George VI chase).  

Some great insights into how he organises his now legendary yard at Ditcheat in Somerset and really interesting stuff on how he learned to get horses to peak fitness condition before even considering entering them in a race. Not much mud slinging but some great anecdotes told and accolades presented to those who have helped him and influenced him throughout his career so far.
Forest

Lucky break should have been the title of Steve Davis's autobiography, totally wasted on a jockey.
Dock

Forest wrote:
Lucky break should have been the title of Steve Davis's autobiography, totally wasted on a jockey.


It refers to him having a bad riding injury which then pushed him towards the training side of things.
Forest

Dock wrote:
Forest wrote:
Lucky break should have been the title of Steve Davis's autobiography, totally wasted on a jockey.


It refers to him having a bad riding injury which then pushed him towards the training side of things.



I see, 'bad riding injury which then pushed him towards the training side of things' wouldn't have fit on the cover would it. My apologies.
Dock

Forest wrote:
Dock wrote:
Forest wrote:
Lucky break should have been the title of Steve Davis's autobiography, totally wasted on a jockey.


It refers to him having a bad riding injury which then pushed him towards the training side of things.



I see, 'bad riding injury which then pushed him towards the training side of things' wouldn't have fit on the cover would it. My apologies.


It would have if the cover had been big enough.
Grind

Dock wrote:
Forest wrote:
Dock wrote:
Forest wrote:
Lucky break should have been the title of Steve Davis's autobiography, totally wasted on a jockey.


It refers to him having a bad riding injury which then pushed him towards the training side of things.



I see, 'bad riding injury which then pushed him towards the training side of things' wouldn't have fit on the cover would it. My apologies.


It would have if the cover had been big enough.


Assuming it had a picture of said jockey on the front, surely there must've been room.

How about "Writing Horses"
Dock

Grind wrote:
Dock wrote:
Forest wrote:
Dock wrote:
Forest wrote:
Lucky break should have been the title of Steve Davis's autobiography, totally wasted on a jockey.


It refers to him having a bad riding injury which then pushed him towards the training side of things.



I see, 'bad riding injury which then pushed him towards the training side of things' wouldn't have fit on the cover would it. My apologies.


It would have if the cover had been big enough.


Assuming it had a picture of said jockey on the front, surely there must've been room.

How about "Writing Horses"




As you can see he isn't exactly jockey-shaped any more so not much room.  

He always battled with keeping his weight down as a jock which is one of the reasons he got into training. He enjoys a much less monastic lifestyle these days as opposed to the regimes Jockeys live by.
Plastic Man

Imagine my disappointment when I found out that this thread was not about the return of the much loved snooker-based game show featuring John Virgo, and also was not to be hosted by the much loved male star of the popular sitcom "Just good friends".
Grind

Fat lads racing horses.

I'd watch that.
Dock

Plastic Man wrote:
Imagine my disappointment when I found out that this thread was not about the return of the much loved snooker-based game show featuring John Virgo, and also was not to be hosted by the much loved male star of the popular sitcom "Just good friends".


Much much loved but by me Your Grace. Jim Davidson is not my cup of tea.
Grind

Dock wrote:
Plastic Man wrote:
Imagine my disappointment when I found out that this thread was not about the return of the much loved snooker-based game show featuring John Virgo, and also was not to be hosted by the much loved male star of the popular sitcom "Just good friends".


Much much loved but by me Your Grace. Jim Davidson is not my cup of tea.


White. No sugar.
Forest

Grind wrote:
Fat lads racing horses.

I'd watch that.


Can't see the point, the horses would win every time
Grind

Forest wrote:
Grind wrote:
Fat lads racing horses.

I'd watch that.


Can't see the point, the horses would win every time


Maybe small skinny lads racing fat horses then.
fartcatcher

Quote:
Foreword by Sir Alex Ferguson
?
Grind

fartcatcher wrote:
Quote:
Foreword by Sir Alex Ferguson
?


Prolly having a nag about summat.
Dock

fartcatcher wrote:
Quote:
Foreword by Sir Alex Ferguson
?


 

Thought someone might pick up on that. AF is a big racing fan and has owned racehorses down the years and Nicholls has trained some of them.
sheeps

Dock wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
Quote:
Foreword by Sir Alex Ferguson
?


 

Thought someone might pick up on that. AF is a big racing fan and has owned racehorses down the years and Nicholls has trained some of them.



You missed out, he's a c**t.

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