David Nicholson (horse racing)
Nicholson was the son of 'Frenchie' Nicholson who was also a successful jockey and National Hunt trainer. As a young lad Nicholson was christened 'The Duke' by one of his father's grooms . It is a nickname that is still used to this day to describe him.
As a jockey he rode 538 winners over jumps between 1955 and 1974 and came third in the jockey's championship in the 1964-65 season. His biggest win came in the Whitbread Gold Cup on Mill House in 1967.
As a trainer he was one of the leading trainers in National Hunt racing during the 1980s and 1990s. He won the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Charter Party in 1988, the King George VI Chase with Barton Bank in 1993 and the Queen Mother Champion Chase with Viking Flagship in 1994 and 1995. He retired in 1999.
He had 2 sons, Phillip Nicholson and John Nicholson; who unfortunately have not carried on the family tradition, although John does exercise the horses up at Martin Keighley's stables. Philip was a police officer but now trains them. John is a dry stone waller, and a very reliable one at that, and runs traditional boundaries.
Major wins as trainer
- Cheltenham Gold Cup - (1) - Charter Party (1988)
- King George VI Chase - (1) - Barton Bank (1993)
- Queen Mother Champion Chase - (2) - Viking Flagship (1994, 1995)
- Melling Chase - (2) - Viking Flagship (1995, 1996)
- Stayers' Hurdle - (1) - Anzum (1999)
- Christmas Hurdle - (1) - Mighty Mogul (1992)
- Triumph Hurdle - (2) - Solar Cloud (1986), Mysilv (1994)
- Sun Alliance Novices' Hurdle - (2) - Thetford Forest (1992), Putty Road (1995)
- Arkle Challenge Trophy - (1) - Waterloo Boy (1989)
- Sefton Novices' Hurdle - (3) - Barton Bank (1992), Corner Boy (1994), Forest Ivory (1997)
- Tingle Creek Chase - (5) - Long Engagement (1987, 1989), Waterloo Boy (1991, 1992), Viking Flagship (1994)
- Whitbread Gold Cup - (1)- Call it a Day (1998)
- Mackeson Gold Cup - (2) - Very Promising (1986), Another Coral (1991)
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