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Monday 18 December 2017

'Horses' documentary lifts the lid on life at Toberona

DAVIDSTOWN-BASED horse trainer Paul Nolan was the centre of unexpected attention at Cheltenham last week after starring in a National Hunt documentary. And he had no apologies to make for the expletive laden language which enlivened the broadcast seen on televisions across Ireland and the UK.

The programme, 'Horses', took a look at the operation of Nolan's Toberona yard, focusing in particular on the careers of three of his fourlegged charges. The results were shown on BBC4 and RTE last week.

The result was that the trainer found himself fielding congratulations from a host of English viewers during the festival who had seen 'Horses'. Then he returned home at the weekend to find plenty of emails and texts waiting for him from Irish viewers who had also enjoyed the documentary.

'I couldn't walk three yards in Cheltenham but someone was coming up to me saying how natural it all was,' he revealed. 'It went down very well in England.' The trainer admitted that, when he was first approached by New York film-maker Liz Mermin, he thought the fly-on-the-wall exercise would be a waste of time.

Instead, she made stars not only of

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