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Kim Bailey: This is a hugely difficult time *H&H Plus*

Opinion

H&H’s racing columnist appreciates racing’s continuation under the second lockdown

It is not hard to see why Paul Nicholls has been champion trainer 11 times. On Saturday, he brought Cyrname back from a shocking fall and a difficult 2020 season to win this year’s renewal of the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby in emphatic style.

This year’s field was probably the strongest ever. It is a race that I have been lucky to win before with Harry Topper and I was very hopeful that I could do so again with the “apple of my eye” Vinndication, who was backed into favouritism by the general public – like myself, they believed Cyrname wouldn’t win left-handed over three miles, two things he had so far failed to do in his illustrious career.