Paul Nicholls


What Paul says about Blue Chip:

“All my horses’ feeding regimes include the daily use of Blue Chip Pro and we’re obviously very happy with the results we’re getting.”


After leaving school at 16, Paul went to Dick Baimbridge’s yard and started riding in local point-to-points, as well as riding there Paul learnt a great deal about training from Dick. However, in 1981 it was time to move on and Paul took up a pupil assistant’s job with Kevin Bishop’s whilst continuing to ride in point-to-points for local trainers John Thorne and Les Kennard. One year later Paul moved to Josh Gifford’s for two years before settling at David Barons in 1984 for seven years. In his five-year stint as stable jockey there Paul won back-to-back Hennessey Gold Cups with Playschool in ’86 and Broadheath in ’87, as well as winning the Irish Gold Cup in ’87 on the latter. 


Paul’s career as a jockey was halted in 1989 when a horse kicked out and broke his leg. He started training in 1991 at Manor Farm Stables, Ditcheat, Somerset, after replying to an advert in the Sporting Life placed by landlord and dairy farmer/cheese producer Paul Barber. The yard had 28 stables and originally Paul could only fill eight of them, one of them being his father’s Olveston… the horse who goes down in history as the trainer’s first winner.


Manor Farm Stables is now one of the most individually successful training establishments in the country and has seen over 1700 winners pass through its gates in Paul’s care, including four Cheltenham Gold Cup winners as well as collecting four Champion Trainers’ titles. Capacity is now 120 and with about 160 horses looking for a stable at any given time… the future looks strong.

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