Cyrname Leads Huge Season Ambitions For Nicholls


Paul Nicholls has a star studded line up for the 2019/20 jumps season and leading the way for the 11 time champion trainer is Cyrname who at one stage last season was the highest rated chaser in Britain and Ireland.

Nicholls had a bad start to the season with his RSA Chase winner Topofthegame being declared as injured and will miss the whole national hunt season which was a huge blow to the trainer who thinks very highly of this horse and he was set to be aimed at the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

However, Cyrname can potentially fill that void stepping up in trip this season and off the back of 176 rating last season after his 17 length success in the Ascot Chase he is hugely eye-catching recruit for the yard.

He is one of the most exciting prospects in the sport with the bookmakers very cautious of him breaking Altior's 19 race winning record when they meet in the Christy Chase in November and potentially again in the King George VI at Kempton.

Nicholls said: “He was awesome when he won the handicap at Ascot – and the form of that win was fantastic, because he beat Politologue by 20 lengths, who was then only just beaten by Altior in the Champion Chase.

“He improved a bit mentally last year, which was the biggest key to him because he was a tearaway for the first 18 months.

“He seems in great order, and we are looking forward to going to Ascot (Christy 1965 Chase on November 23) with him, then the King George.

“He is a very talented horse and we just want to see him produce what he did last year, and there is no reason why he won’t.“He gets two-five very well, so you would like to think he will stay three miles.”