Nicklaus, a gelding by Exceed and Excel, was originally purchased at the Baden-Baden Sale by Peter Doyle for €180,000. Nicklaus improved throughout his first year with William Haggas, so much so that when he came on the market as a three-year-old, William was anxious to keep him at Somerville Lodge and for Highclere to reap the benefit.

The trainer was vindicated by impressive victories at Newbury and Salisbury before a commendable third place in a very hot handicap at Glorious Goodwood where he went down by a bare two lengths. Next time up at York everything that could go wrong, did. However, on his run at Yarmouth he came back to form, scoring in style after a masterful hold-up ride from James Doyle!

Nicklaus put up some excellent efforts in 2019, coming third in a hot Class 2 handicap at Chelmsford, second in Class 2 handicaps at Salisbury and Chelmsford, and most recently third in a handicap at Newmarket after encountering traffic problems about two and a half furlongs from home. 

Nicklaus started his season with a very tough assignment in the Silver Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot and ran a solid race without ever really looking threatening, but showed that he will come on for the run. This he certainly did next time out at Ripon, where he was unlucky to bump into the very lightly weighted and fast improving Dark Jedi who was carryiing six pounds less than Nicklaus. The positive to take out of the race is that Nicklaus showed that he can be effcetive over the extended trip of a mile and a quarter. He was tried over this trip at Ripon next time where he looked all over the winner before getting done in the last strides. Another excellent effort form this very consistent gelding.



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