By HRI Foreign Staff — The racecourses are starting to heat up as jockey, trainers, horses, and punters ramp it up on the road to Cheltenham. While some will be out on Festival Trial Day to make a statement, Doncaster will be just as active, with some big names having their print all over the proceedings. Paul Nicholls and Nigel Twiston-Davies are arguably two of the biggest names in British horseracing, with no less than 30 Cheltenham wins between them. The two men have redefined the role of trainers in horseracing (if ever such a thing was possible) and will again be looking to put their passion and talent to the test after a gap year for the Festival in 2020. While eyes will be fixed on the Festival Trial Day, the two best trainers in England will be doing a small battle of their own in Doncaster, with multiple horses from their stables set to participate. Their presence will be great news for punters as they look to settle their minds on favorites and the best chances they have at winning, and it will be great for online horse betting sites.
The record holder for wins at Cheltenham, Nigel Twiston-Davies, is no new kid on the block to this period of racing and surely must have missed all the excitement last season when the Festival was canceled. At Doncaster, he will have a horse in the first race of the day, the VISIT attheraces.com HANDICAP HURDLE RACE, a Class 4 run over two miles, three furlongs, and 127 yards. Torn and Frayed will be the horse in this race for Twiston-Davies, a seven-year-old French gelding rated 122 by the BHA. Coming into Doncaster, the gelding is still to score a victory but came agonisingly close in its last outing, finishing second at Haydock. The third race on the racecard will have two more entries from Twiston-Davies, the mares Vienna Court (Ireland), and Zambella from France.
To have an idea for how long Nicholls has been in horseracing, you should factor in that Nigel Twiston-Davies spent some time in his stables in his formative years. Nicholls is the trainer of the 21st century still does not look like slowing down anytime soon. At the LIGHTNING NOVICES’ STEEPLECHASE, two of the horses will be from his stables, a French gelding, rated 145 by the BHA, Fast Buck. The seven-year-old will be looking to build on an impressive second-place finish in Doncaster back in December. the second entry will be another French gelding, Tamaroc du Mathan, a year younger than Fast Buck, but with much more experience and success in England, haven won at Wincanton in November and finishing second at Kempton Park in December.
These will not be the only entries from these two legends at Doncaster and in the coming weeks, but it will be fun to see their products go off against each other.