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Nicholls bumps into old friend on visit to disabled riding centre.

?PAUL NICHOLLS is pictured here with one of his high-class hurdlers from yesteryear, having bumped into Rigmarole on a recent visit to Henstridge's Riding for the Disabled Centre to present a certificate to longstanding rider Paul Woodford.

The now 17-year-old Rigmarole, who won the Greatwood, Bula and Kingwell Hurdles in the 2003-04 season, has been at the Somerset riding centre since his retirement and enjoys his role as 'supervisorin-chief' - paying regular visits to the gate to ensure all is going smoothly.

Nicholls presented Woodford, who is a lifelong fan of the sport, with an award for reaching his 40th year of riding with the group.

Organiser Tessa Woodhouse, who raced Rigmarole along with husband Mark, says: "We are very grateful to Paul - who has been a staunch supporter of the group - for coming to visit us, and it's so nice for him to see one of his former stars having a stress-free retirement."

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Paul Nicholls with Rigmarole: the trainer presented an award to longstanding disabled rider Paul Woodford

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 16, 2015
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