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. He may now be ready to try a step up in trip and is being aimed at some nice handicap races at the beginning of the 2020 season.



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