Racehorse trainer David "Dandy" Nicholls charged with sex assault

David "Dandy" Nicholls
David "Dandy" Nicholls

Racehorse trainer David "Dandy" Nicholls will appear in court today charged with sexual assault.

The 59-year-old from the Thirsk area of North Yorkshire is due before Northallerton Magistrates' Court.

Nicholls, a father-of-three, runs a yard with 100 horses and has been dubbed the Sprint King for his know-how in training winners.

He was a successful jockey until 1992, riding more than 400 winners, when he switched to training.

His website said: "After a successful career as a jockey he decided to turn his hand to training, and what a decision this has proved to be.

"David started training with only five horses with the help of his wife, champion lady jockey Alex Greaves, he now has around 100 under his care."