Paul Nicholls using friend Sir Alex Ferguson's drive as inspiration ahead of latest Cheltenham tilt

They are long-time pals and enjoy a pleasant, professional relationship, so the ­comparisons come easily.

Paul Nicholls is a racing ­equivalent of his friend and patron Sir Alex Ferguson .

From humble beginnings to a champion trainer many times over.

The early starts, the late finishes, the drive, the determination, the temper, the star-making, the ­rebuilding of teams.

Never easing off the daily ­dedication, but characters made for the big occasion.

The pair are close friends
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For Nicholls, that is the ­Cheltenham Festival.

For Fergie lifting the European

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