Paul Nicholls yard keeps focus on Cheltenham Festival after death of head lad Clifford Baker's son
Paul Nicholls' preparations for the Cheltenham Festival will not be hit by the death of his head lad's son, with the yard vowing it is "business as usual".
Dominic Baker, the 21-year-old son of Nicholls' right hand man Clifford Baker, was killed in a road crash on Thursday night.
He died when his car was involved in a single vehicle incident at Bratton Seymour between Wincanton and Castle Cary.
Dominic Baker was travelling home to Ditcheat when the car he was driving left the A371 and struck a tree.
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Champion trainer Nicholls spoke of his devastation at the news and said thoughts of everyone at Manor Farm were with the Baker family.
However, with weekend doubles at Newbury and Doncaster, the Ditcheat yard's focus is also on the Festival that starts on Tuesday, March 12.
"Clifford's family and everybody here is just devastated," said Nicholls. "We all knew Dominic, he grew up with my kids, and it is just impossible to find words to explain how we feel. It is so sad.
"It's business as usual in the yard, with four winners sent out on Saturday, but of course everyone's thoughts are with Clifford and his family."