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larkhill: race report

Horse – Nickolson

Trainer – Julie Wadland

Jockey – James King

Date – 31/12/23

Result – 4/14

point to point conditions, 3 miles

Going: On the soft side of Good to Soft.

With it being over a year since his last race (when he won first time out at Hexham) Nico was always going to need the run.

Despite the time off and carrying top weight he was still sent off the 2/1 favourite in this 14 runner conditions race.

Under James King he ran well and was up with the pace for most of the race, making good headway and always staying in contention until 4 out when he started to tire.

The ground was very sticky and testing, causing many of the runners to pull up.

However, Nico stayed on to finish 4th, 20 lengths behind the Francesca Poste trained Deise Aba who had finished 2nd in a Cheltenham Cross Country Handicap Chase in Jan 2023 (3/4 lengths behind the Martin Keighley trained winner Back on the Lash).

James reported afterwards that he was very happy with Nico’s performance, he always jumps well and that he will have come on for the run.