As nine-time champion National Hunt trainer, Paul Nicholls is most used to training some of the country’s top racehorses. However, this week Paul took on a challenge of a different kind — taking the helm at Horse & Hound.

The Somerset-based trainer joined the H&H team as guest editor of the 2015 National Hunt special issue — out on Thursday 5 November.

He had a pivotal role in what content was featured in our special issue, ahead of what is brewing up to be a thrilling season of jumps action. He also offered his expert opinion on the subjects included — from the recent stable staff crisis to the secrets of pre-training racehorses.

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“Being involved in H&H’s National Hunt special has been an interesting experience and certainly made a change from the day job,” said Paul of his editorial encounter.

“I hope you all enjoy the range of features and interviews we’ve prepared for you and that you might pick up some tips for the season ahead.”

The action-packed 17-page special celebrates the start of this year’s National Hunt season, including a profile on Paul’s exciting prospect Saphir Du Rheu, who is also this week’s cover star.

We speak to jockey Richard Johnson about emerging from AP McCoy’s shadow after 16 years as runner-up in the championship race, and to trainer Nicky Henderson about the horse that he credits for kick-starting his racing career.

Plus don’t miss our jockeys, trainers and horses to keep an eye on this season — a must-read for any racing fan.

H&H’s National Hunt issue, guest edited by Paul Nicholls, is out tomorrow — Thursday, 5 November.