David Nicholls: won nearly every Group 1 sprint as a trainer
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By Andrew Dietz 9:17PM 8 MAR 2017
DAVID NICHOLLS, dubbed the ‘Sprint king’ after winning nearly every major Group 1 sprint, has announced he is to quit training with immediate effect.
Nicholls, who partnered more than 400 winners as a jockey, took up training in 1992 and won the July Cup, Nunthorpe and Prix de l’Abbaye.
Continent and Regal Parade struck twice at Group 1 level for the trainer, while the likes of Bahamian Pirate, Moss Vale and Tax Free helped him dominate the sprinting scene for years.
Nicholls, who endured a lean spell in recent seasons, faces a trial in the summer on two charges of sexual assault relating to incidents at his Tall Trees yard in Sessay, near Thirsk in North Yorkshire.
His final runner was a winner as stable star Sovereign Debt landed a valuable race in Doha last month.
Nicholls, 60, tweeted on Wednesday night: “Sovereign Debt was our last runner from Tall Trees as due to financial problems we have had to cease training.
“It was nice to go out on a high during what has been a difficult time and I’d like to thank all our owners that have supported us.”
Former champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa tweeted: “So sad to hear that Dandy Nicholls has had to give up training. #toptrainer #sprintking.”