Nicholls is one of the younger generation of trainers and has the look of a future champion.
Date of birth: 17 April 1962
Started training: 1991
Base: Ditcheat, Somerset
2002-2003 wins: 152 wins
2001-2002 wins: 136
2000-2001 wins: 83
1999-2000 wins: 64
Stable stars: Ad Hoc, Azertyuiop, Strong Flow
Over the past few seasons, he has built up his stable and now has an operation that could challenge fellow West Country champion trainer Martin Pipe.
Nicholls rode 130 winners in his career as a professional jockey, including two Hennessy Gold Cups and a Welsh National.
After learning his trade with David Barons, he took out a training licence in 1991.
His best horse to date has been See More Business, who won the King George VI Chase twice and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1999.
In the same year as that Gold Cup win, Nicholls landed the Queen Mother Champion Chase with Call Equiname and saddled Flagship Uberalles to victory in the Arkle.
Nicholls won the Scottish Grand National with Belmont King in 1997 and more recently took the 2001 Whitbread Gold Cup with Ad Hoc and the 2003 Arkle Chase with Azertyuiop.
One of his finest hours came one November Saturday in 1998 when he sent out 10 runners and came home with seven winners and three second places.