Paul Nicholls edges further clear in the National Hunt Trainers' Championship
Last Updated: 18/04/16 4:10pm
Paul Nicholls pulled a further £2,220 clear of Willie Mullins on Monday despite neither of his two runners at Newton Abbot winning.
Both Amanto and Dormello Mo were sent off favourite to oblige for Nicholls, who will be trying to pick up all he can before Mullins launches his assault on Perth and Sandown.
However, Amanto could only finish a three-and-a-half-length second to Harry Fry's Meme's Horse in the SIS Maiden Hurdle, picking up £1,145.
Dormello Mo was an 11/8 favourite in the Happy 96th Birthday, Les Bickham Novices' Chase but Sam Twiston-Davies was sending out distress signals from some way out as Aidan Coleman sat motionless on Aso.
Aso won by 10 lengths from Fourth Act with another 10 back to Dormello Mo, who nevertheless earned £1,075.
Nicholls is now £45,380 in front with just five days to go. However, Mullins' entries for the rest of the week indicate the battle looks set to go right down to the final races at Sandown on Saturday.