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Nick Heath, farrier to top racehorse trainer Colin Tizzard, has won the Victory Magnum for the 2016/17 National Hunt season. This is the second year in succession he has won the prestigious award. Nick Heath is presented with the Victory Magnum by Tony Lindsell of Atlantic Equine

The Victory Magnum is awarded by Atlantic Equine Ltd, U.K. distributors for the Victory Racing Plate Company of Baltimore, U.S.A., to the farrier plating the most Grade 1, Cheltenham Festival and big-race winners in Victory aluminium racing plates in any one season.

The award comprises a magnum of champagne labelled with the winner’s name, combined with a racing plate trophy. This year the trophy featured Victory plates worn by two of Colin Tizzard’s top horses - Native River and Finian’s Oscar - and brass plaques engraved with both Nick Heath’s name and those of the two horses and the principal races won by them.

The award was presented by Tony Lindsell, a director of Atlantic Equine Ltd on 1st June.

The Victory Magnum trophy  In an extraordinary season by any standards, the ever-popular Cue Card kicked off the yard’s eleven big-race haul with a win in the Betfair Chase and followed up later in the season in the Ascot Chase; Native River won the Hennessy Gold Cup and then the Welsh Grand National; on Boxing Day at Kempton, Royal Vacation won the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase and Thistlecrack, in scintillating fashion, the King George VI Chase. Finian’s Oscar took the Tolworth Hurdle in January and scored again at Aintree in April in the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle; Fox Norton won the JLT Melling Chase at Aintree where Pingshou also took the Crabbie’s Top Novices Hurdle; and to round it all off Fox Norton scored again in the Boylesports Champion Chase at Punchestown.

“I am very fortunate to work for a yard that is becoming more and more successful,” said Nick. “Victory Nick Heath with the Victory Magnum trophyplates are easy to fit and easy to win with! I’ll go for the hat-trick next year.”

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