Nicklaus, a four-year-old gelding by Exceed and Excel, was originally purchased at 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 mastful hold up ride from James Doyle!

Nicklaus is a horse that we are continuing to race this season and has returned from a winter break looking stronger than ever, most recently coming third in a hot Class 2 handicap at Chelmsford. He went closer next time when finishing second at Salisbury, having led from the start. He returned to Cheltenham next time where he ran a clsoe second in a valuable handicap, once again demonstrating his consistency.



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