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Nicholls ten-strong as he searches for elusive National winner

| 18.02.2011

It’s the one race that makes or breaks the heroes of National Hunt racing, and for a trainer that has dominated the sport of National Hunt racing for the past five years, the Grand National continues to prove elusive.

Paul Nicholls takes a ten-strong hand to the 2011 Grand National and the Somerset-based trainer is confident that 2011 will finally be the year he adds the Grand National to his growing hall of fame.

Nicholls is 7/1 to train the winner of the Grand National and Niche Market is his shortest horse in the Grand National betting at 16/1.

Niche Market has been targeted at the Grand National for some time and represents the best that Nicholls has to offer in the 4-mile staying chaser category.

While Neptune Collonges and What A Friend are likely to bypass National Hunt’s biggest race, Gullible Gordon (50/1), Meanus Dandy (50/1) and Ornais (100/1) are on course to challenge and look reasonably healthy at their respective weights.

Nicholls is desperate to add the Grand National to his ever growing list of achievements, and it’s the Grand National that will confirm Nicholls as one of the greatest jumps trainers ever.

It took AP McCoy 19 years, over 3,000 winners and 15 Champion Jockey titles before he received the recognition of the public when winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in 2010.

While McCoy’s success has been built on 19 years of consistently great horsemanship, it was his win aboard Don’t Push It in the 2010 Grand National that propelled him into the public domain.

As the greatest trainer of his generation, Nicholls needs a Grand National win to be ranked alongside the greats like Martin Pipe, Ginger McCain and Fred Winter and punters should consider the champion trainer’s riders when placing a Grand National bet.

A £25 stake on Nice Market winning the Grand National would return £425. New customers can sign up here for a free Grand National bet worth £25.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.