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Titles for Johnson and Nicholls

By Nick Robson

Richard Johnson succeeded Ulster legend AP McCoy as champion jockey at Sandown, while Paul Nicholls can proudly reflect upon one of his greatest achievements after he claimed a 10th trainers' championship.

With no apparent stable stars other than Silvinaico Conti, Nicholls considers the title, which he claimed on a final-day thriller, was his sweetest.

Willie Mullins started the day a workable £53,592 behind, but after Nicholls filled the places in the bet365 Gold Cup with Just A Par (second) and Southfield Theatre (fourth) there was no doubt.,

The consolation of winning the final race of the season with McKinley was to be just that for Mullins.

Nicholls said: "Everyone has been willing us on and it was always a little bit Team GB versus Ireland. I'm hopeful it has been really good for racing. We have all got stuck in, worked hard and got some great results.

"This has been the hardest one to win, because we have only had a couple of Grade One winners.

"But when you have to dig in deep and do different things, it is a lot harder, so it probably is a lot sweeter."

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