Champion trainer Paul Nicholls travels to Hereford with one runner on Wednesday

Paul Nicholls

Even though Hereford is only 92 miles away from his stables in Ditcheat, Paul Nicholls does not frequent the place too often. The champion trainer has only saddled 27 runners at the track in his career, resulting in 5 winners.

That is still a very healthy 19-per-cent strike-rate and he is having an incredible season to date. From 464 runners in the 2020-21 season, he has returned with 122 winners and a yield of 26-per-cent.

He sends one horse to Hereford on Wednesday to run in a maiden hurdle worth £3,769. Harry Cobden will take the ride aboard Sylvies Dance who is making her rules debut here.

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2.30 Hereford

Sylvies Dance is a seven-year-old mare who improved massively from her debut run when running out the facile 30-length winner of the Open Maiden point-to-point at Flete Park on 20th April for Will Biddick.

The daughter of Bollin Eric travelled powerfully through the race and took up the running four from home. She jumped impeccably well and was never in any trouble.

On her debut run she finished third behind the Tom Lacey trained Ramillies who realised £215,000 at the Cheltenham Festival Sale when selling to Harold Kirk.

That horse is now with Willie Mullins and won a Leopardstown bumper by 10 lengths before finishing mid-field behind Kilcruit in a Grade 2.

The form of that race is pretty strong so Sylvies Dance looks an ideal sort to now contest a maiden hurdle. Given the powerful connections, she should be forward and could be tough to beat.


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