Getting To Know You – Nico Archdale

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One of the exciting highlights of 2020 was the addition of Nico Archdale to the Avenue Bloodstock team.  In the wake of Covid-19, we thought a socially-distanced-get-to-know-you piece might be of benefit.

Nico, graduated from the Godolphin Flying Start course in July of 2020.  He also has a Master of Arts in Russian Studies from the Unive of Edinburgh and completed the National Stud Diploma course in Newmarket.  He gained practical experience working for Charlie Fellowes as a pupil assistant trainer.

We asked Nico a few questions so you could get to know a bit more about him.

Favourite Horse of all time?

Sea the Stars and Frankel were the greats for me at the time when I was first exposed to and getting into the sport. But over the last few years I’ve loved Enable, absolute Queen.  

Favourite Racecourse?

A toss-up between Goodwood and Ascot. The buzz and week’s racing of the Royal Meeting is hard to beat, so probably Ascot.

Earliest Racing Memory?

Watching Red Marauder win the Grand National at home when I was 8 with the additional excitement of collecting a huge £20 in the sweepstake. 

Favourite Restaurant?

I don’t really have one. I like to cook myself…a bit of an aspiring chef, albeit not a very good one!

Favourite Sport outside racing?

I’m a huge rugby fan. Praying that Wales have a big turnaround this Six Nations!

Marmite Love or Hate?

Weirdly Neither.

Biggest Career Influence?

Angus Gold. I was lucky enough to spend time with him at the Tattersalls December Foal sales back whilst on the Flying Start programme. He has since been a great mentor to me over the last few years. 

What race would you most like to win?

I suppose any! But really, everyone wants to win the Epsom Derby don’t they? Its got to be the one. The Arc would be second. 

Ambition for 2021?!

To have bought a winner and hopefully buy a few more for the future!

5 Desert Island Discs

Hard to pick just 5…. Quite a random selection but:
Bongo Bong – by Manu Chao
Chasing Rubies – by Hudson Taylor
White flag – by Dido
Baby Its you – by London Grammar
Somewhere over the rainbow – the version by the Hawaiian Israel Kamakawiwo’ole!

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