Cheltenham Festival: A day in the life of Paul Nicholls' racing yard

    Trainer Paul Nicholls poses with Clan Des Obeaux at his Manor Farm Stables in Somerset, England.

    Ditcheat, England (CNN)It's lunchtime at Manor Farm Stables and stable star Clan Des Obeaux wants his carrot, and he wants it now.

    Tall, dark and handsome, his coat glistening in the unusually warm February sun, the French-bred bay gelding pricks up his ears as Clifford Baker, the head lad, tickles his soft nose and hands him his favorite vegetable.
    "He just is special, he's won some big races," Baker told CNN Sport at the yard in Ditcheat, a small village in the rolling hills of Somerset, England. "And you're friendly, aren't you? And you like carrots."

      Star-studded stable

      Head lad Clifford Baker shares a moment with stable star Clan Des Obeaux.
      The seven-year-old Clan Des Obeaux, who is partly owned by former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, is one of the standouts of the racing yard owned by Paul Nicholls, the 10-time champion jumps traine