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It’s cold out there and with Winter in full swing over the last couple of weeks plenty of race meetings have been abandoned and lost to the frost but both Cheltenham and Doncaster were given the go ahead on Saturday in what would prove to be a super day for the team.

KILDISART - What a star he has been so far this season and on Saturday he again strutted his stuff to win in style the Novice Chase at Cheltenham for Simon Munir and Isaac Souede. It was his first visit to Cheltenham and he took the big stage all in his stride. He travelled in his relaxed manor throughout the race and with a good jump at the last he took the lead up the hill to win by a couple of lengths. To walk into any winner’s enclosure is thrilling but at Cheltenham it always seems very special and when Joe led Kildisart into a huge cheer it was a fantastic moment for all of us.

Within half an hour The Megsons’ NADAITAK was off and running in the Grade 2 River Don up at Doncaster. With just the four runners he was the outsider of the bunch at 12/1. This race is always a test of stamina and is normally won by a horse who has the toughness to see it out and Nadaitak seemed to have bags of both on Saturday. His jumping has improved so much through out this season and that it is a credit to Jake who behind the scenes has work relentlessly with him to improve his hurdling. Turning for home he opened a lead of 3 or 4 lengths, and this just kept increasing, he just kept going and won by a wide margin of 22 lengths. If you haven’t seen this go to our Facebook page and have a look as he was so impressive, and the manor of his victory was very striking. We are so thrilled that he showed us what he can do and this talented youngster will probably give Cheltenham a swerve with the idea of heading to Aintree.

It was a weekend to remember for the team and there were definitely a few sore heads on Sunday morning!

Sue Davis’s NESTOR PARK, Tom and Hannah took the long journey up to Newcastle on Monday afternoon for Nestors’ race on the Tuesday and thank goodness it was worth it! He was coming off the back of the Challow which had not gone to plan at all after a very muddling race. It was great to see this lovely horse go out and get the job done under a penalty with ease and no doubt the journey home was made a whole lot shorter after his success. With his season firmly back on track we can now look forward to what we hope will be an exciting Spring with him.

As the weekend approaches the country seems covered in a cold spell so we will have to wait and see what meetings are on and go from there, but fingers crossed for some racing.


After what has been a tough time with the loss of Willoughby the team have all rowed together and the tenacity in the yard is a credit to each and every person that works here. They have picked themselves up, come together and with the help of the horses last week they have given us plenty to smile about.

THE MACON LUGNATIC provided a great day at Newbury as this talented youngster demonstrated his class and stamina in a bumper full of depth. After a puzzling run at Warwick it was great to see him bounce back to the form he showed at Uttoxeter. He is still very much a baby learning his trade as he took a little while as they turned for home to get into top gear but once he did, he flew home in what was a thrilling finish to the delight of us all and the syndicate. They are a great bunch of owners who have supported us from day one so it’s great to see their colours back in the winner’s enclosure. It’s fair to say that plenty of bottles of the Macons’ name sake was drunk that night in celebration!  They have owned three horses with us and all have won. Not a bad record!

Haydock put on one of its big Saturdays of the year with three Grade 2’s on the card and we sent up some of our big guns with LE BREUIL, BRIGHT FORECAST AND GLOBAL CITIZEN all lining up in the Graded races.

LE BREUIL ran a creditable 4th.  His fate was perhaps sealed turning for home as he didn’t quite seem himself and was unable to boss from the front like he usually does but this talented horse still did himself proud. Now we’ve got him home a few things have come to light and we are sure we can eek out further improvement as he heads to the Festival.

The talented youngster BRIGHT FORECAST took his place in the Supreme Trial against the highly thought of Mister Fisher of Nicky Henderson’s. There seemed to be no pace in the race so David decided to let Bright Forecast roll.  He is still very much a big baby, but he ran an absolute cracker to finish 2nd. He is a horse we all adore and is a very exciting prospect going forward.

GLOBAL CITIZEN lined up for The Unibet The New One Trial formerly the Champion Hurdle trial a hotly contested contest that has produced past Champion Hurdle Winners. Global looked a different horse from the one we saw at Kempton. He was the ultimate professional, jumping brilliantly and showing his class to win nicely. He is a horse that is a joy to be a part of.

It was a great Saturday for the team not to mention the fabulous run that RAVENS TOWER delivered at Taunton to finish 3rd. He has been so consistent not out of the three all season and deserves to hit the top spot soon.

The Megsons’ THE CAPTAINS INN headed to Leicester for a competitive Novice Hurdle. This classy horse was coming off the back of a bumper run that had shown him to be below pare so we were hopeful that on hurdles debut he would show us all what we see a home on the track. Under Daryl he jumped well and took command after the second last to win convincingly. We are thrilled for the Megsons who seem to have another lovely horse on their hands, and we look forward to seeing what this boy can do going forward.


This Saturday sees the team heading to Cheltenham and Doncaster as Kildisart lines up in a competitive Novice at the home of jumps and Nadiatak takes his chance in the Grade 2 River Don up at Doncaster won by no other than Barters Hill a few years ago so lets’ hope he can emulate his success.


It is with a heavy heart that we have to report the loss of the wonderful Willoughby Court after he lost his battle against an infection that unfortunately ended up becoming so ingrained in his sesamoid bone that sadly after many attempts he could not be saved.

He has left a huge hole in our yard and it is a dreadful blow for all of us at Ben Pauling Racing and his brilliant owners Paul and Clare Rooney who along with Jason Maguire have made the last few months and this time a lot easier. We cannot thank them enough for their support and the lengths they went to in order to try and save him. No stone was left unturned and our thoughts are with them.

Our star has bowed out too soon but he has left us with memories that will last a life time and given us days we could have only of dreamt of. A horse that had everything you look for in a top class racehorse and a heart to match. Very sadly this exceptionally talented horse will never have the opportunity to shine bright for many years to come. He is irreplaceable.


A big welcome to 2019 we hope you all had a Happy Christmas and New Year.

It’s fair to say our Christmas was busy and our amazing staff have been brilliant over the Christmas period, with plenty of laughing and a Christmas party that we are all still feeling the effects of!

Kildisart certainly kicked off Christmas in style with a fabulous and gutsy display at Ascot under Daryl. The Graduation Chase proved to be a competitive event with some high-class horses involved with the likes of Activial and Dolos lining up. He was the only Novice in the race against the season pros and Ascot is a track he enjoys, so we were hopeful of a big run. He jumped brilliantly throughout and fought bravely to the line in which can only be described as one of the most thrilling of finishes against Activial, just winning by a nose. Both horses were brave and Activial certainly lost nothing in defeat. A huge well done to Simon, Isaac and Anthony Bromley it was wonderful to see this lovely horse win in the double green colours.

Bright Forecast put on another exciting performance to make it 2 from 2. The Aldaniti’s Partnership Youngster is very much starting to appear to be a horse that could have a very bright future indeed.  He won this with ease up at Leicester under a penalty and Nico was delighted with the way he went about his job this time. He will now look forward to the possibility of some more slightly exciting prospects.

The Grade 1 Christmas hurdle provided a spectacle for most and there is no doubting we were pleased with Global Citizen to finish 4th, but for one reason or another he wasn’t quite himself and didn’t seem to show us the pizazz we know he possesses. He will be put away now until the Spring and we can’t wait to see what he can do come March.

Carlos Du Fruitier also seems to have his season firmly on track. He put in another great display on boxing day at Kempton finishing a close 3rd in an ultra-competitive handicap.

The BPR Racing Club had a fabulous day at Warwick on the 31st with Perfect Pirate back in the winners enclosure and firmly back on track after a gutsy run back over hurdles. I’m sure we will see him out again very soon and hopefully hitting that top spot.

The New Year brings more excitement with some more top class racing, we have some lovely entries over the weekend, notably Creep Desbois at Sandown who ran a cracker up at Aintree last time out, fingers crossed for a good show.




So its been a busy month with the highs and lows of racing seeming to turn up on our door step!


One of the showcase pieces of the season The Ladbrokes Winter Carnival weekend provided the team with a rollercoaster of emotions.



Bright Forecast made his hurdling debut on the Friday of the 2 day meeting in what is always a very competitive novice hurdle. Owned by the Aldaniti Partnership this lovely youngster ran slightly green throughout and then suddenly it was like the penny dropped and he just took off to the line in the most thrilling of finishes. He showed a turn of foot a five furlong sprinter would be proud of! It was a very poignant win for the team and his lovely owners after the loss of Nick this horse gave us all something to smile about. Next time he will be lowered in grade giving him the chance to learn a little bit more, but he certainly seems to be an exciting prospect.



The Megsons’ Nadaitak provided us with a quick cross the card double as he stormed to victory up at Doncaster. His jumping much improved from his debut at Ascot he battled on bravely to the line under Tom Bellamy. It was fabulous to see him get his head in front, he is still very much a baby who has bags of potential and we don’t doubt he will strengthen up no end as time goes on.



The Saturday of the Winter Carnival provided us with a rollercoaster of emotions, after Barters Hill retiring Global would take his chance in the Gerry Fielden a Listed Contest over 2 miles. With a competitive field it would prove to be an exciting contest. Global under David Bass led in his flamboyant way from start to finish, jumping beautifully and under top weight he battled on bravely to the line showing what a classy individual he is. He heads to the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day with the possibility of taking on the Champion himself Buveur d’Air.  Fingers, toes, everything crossed!



What can I say about a horse that means so much to us. He takes no introduction, he is a horse you all know and when you think about what he has achieved it simply gives you goosebumps. You all know the horse that was seen on the track but let us tell you a little bit about the horse he is to us at home.

From the moment he arrived he was so gentle, with a wise head on young shoulders. His attitude shone brightly from the first moment he was ridden as he lolloped up the gallop, care free and simply taking everything in his stride. He would stand and watch as the others thundered past not batting an eyelid, and is quite simply the kindest soul. He doesn’t mind anything, you can crawl all over him in the stable, sit children on him and he wouldn’t move a muscle. If he had been the worst racehorse you still couldn’t of helped but fall in love with him.

Described by At The Races ‘As a horse that would run all day for you’ really does sum him up. Barters gave us everything our First Bumper Winner, First Listed, First Grade 2 and First Grade 1 winner, what a C.V.  Thank you to him doesn’t quite seem enough.

We are delighted that his wonderful owners have decided that he will spend his retirement with us here at BPR, hopefully he can whisper some wise words to the youngsters coming through!

We also can’t thank everyone enough for the kind words since his retirement was announced, it really has been very overwhelming to realise the love that people have for him. We will keep you all posted on him and what he’s up to.


The last week or so we have seen them running well with a few 2nds over the weekend so just hitting the cross bar. LE BREUIL ran another cracker at Cheltenham again to just be denied, he really is proving to be an exciting Chaser this season. After a lot of racing over the last few weeks he will have a well-deserved break now to get ready for the spring targets.

Lets hope the next few days sees a reverse in placings, it’s great to see them running so well and makes for what we hope will be an exciting festive period.






















The weekend followed on nicely after a good week with The Megsons’ Global Citizen making his much-anticipated seasonal debut and Le Breuil heading to Huntingdon for his Chasing debut.


Global headed to Ascot for the competitive Listed Hurdle over 2 miles and he didn’t disappoint, carrying top weight was always going  to be a huge ask but he ran a cracker, his jumping was superb and he showed his class throughout, he turned for home looking very much in control but between the last two carrying top weight and with it being first time out he just seemed to get tired. He ran a gallant second and lost nothing in defeat.

That run should now put him spot on and we’re are excited to see him out again, he has an entry in the Greatwood so we will have to see whether he takes this up.


Emma Collins’s Le Breuil made his return to the track in fine style and his debut over fences at Huntingdon in the same race that Willoughby won last year. With the ground on the quick side there were a few non runners so the race was a dual between Le Breuil and Real Warrior with Le Breuil going off 1/9F. He put in a fine round of jumping to win in good fashion under Daryl. He too has an entry at Cheltenham on the Friday.

At the end of the week we hit a few cross bars with horses running well but just missing out on the top spot. One to note that ran a brilliantly was Paul and Clare Rooneys’ Anightinlambourn. This lovely mare was just beaten on her debut after not having the easiest of paths through the race. She looks to have a bright future and we look forward to seeing her next time out.

This week brings up some exciting horses ready to make their seasonal debuts with the likes of A Hare Breath, Nestor Park, Creep Desbois, Cavok, Kildisart and others with entries so fingers crossed for a good few days

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The last ten days have been great for the team with the horses really rocking and rolling.


Simon Munir and Isaac Souedes’ DELIRE D’ESTRUVAL kicked off his chasing career in fine style as he headed to Carlisle for a competitive Novices event. He had good form over hurdles, so we were excited to see him take on a fence. Stowaway Magic was sent off the favourite and the two matched each other stride for stride in what was a masterclass in jumping from both Novices. Delire as he always is was brave and battled on courageously to the line winning by half a length or so. He is an absolute delight to have in training and hopefully Carlisle was just the wetting of the appetite for what is to come from this gutsy horse.


WHIN PARK got his season off to a flyer winning under Champion Jockey Richard Johnson. As I’m sure some of you will know he hasn’t been the easiest horse at points through out his career but today he firmly put that to bed by getting his head in front which would bring up a double on the day for the team. We can not thank his owner Sue for her patience with him and we are delighted he has finally rewarded this. Hopefully this is just the start of his winning ways.



This striking youngster came back in from his summer holidays stronger and looking more magnificent than before and he certainly relayed this on the track. Under Daryl he led from pillar to post not seeing another rival. He looked very much a classy individual and certainly seems to have a bright future as a racehorse. We think a lot of him and is one to note.



The week was finished off nicely with a win from Laurie Strangmans’ exciting Skidoosh up at Wetherby who on the second time of asking took a competitive Novice Hurdle under conditional Jockey Connor Brace. Loving life through out the race he looked enthusiastic and was very much in flying form jumping well throughout. Another exciting Novice who seems to be enjoying these drier conditions.


We must also mention the fabulous run that the Strawberry Fields owned MY MATE MARK produced on his re appearance to the track after so long off just being beaten. He came back in looking amazing from Rich and Tiff Morgan Evans and has developed into the most striking individual. He seems to have all the attributes you look for in a horse and certainly looks like an exciting prospect going forward. We can’t wait to get him out again.



We are this year selling cards on behalf of the wonderful charity RACING WELFARE who over the last few moths have been incredible to us and do more work behind the scenes than anyone could hope for. Go to our Facebook page to see the art work for these and order yours from Grace at £12 for a pack of 10. Go on its all for a great cause.



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Next week don’t miss our thoughts on an exciting weekend at Ascot and all our news from the previous week. Lets hope I’ll be writing very much of the same!

Thank you America

JALEO OR HALEO (according to the commentator!!)


It has been quite a couple of weeks with Jaleo heading stateside to run in the Grade 1 American National and he did not disapoint!

Jaleo landed the other side of the pond 10 days before the race and headed to Jack Fishers to his stables near Baltimore. Tom David met him there and did a great job making sure Jaleo was in fabulous form as some of you would have seen from our facebook page he went into the race feeling brilliant and ready to go.

Ben, Soph and Adrian Heskin who took the ride on Jaleo landed into NY on the Wednesday night a couple of days before, and hit the tourist scene before heading to Farehills on the Friday.

Our wonderful Owners Bruton Street could not have been more kind to us and accomodating. The American Steeple Chasing Association were fabulous to us and entertained us brilliantly.

You have to see Far Hills to believe it, the crowds, the picnics, the atmosphere, the race track is something to be seen and do they know how to party, if you didn't have a beer in your hand you were in the minority!

The National wasnt unitl the 6th race so plenty of time to soak up our surroundings.

Jaleo took the preliminaries very well and with first time blinkers he was sharp and alert, perhaps in hindsight a little to lit up in the race. Adrian took a handy positon hoping to get a lead off one or two but after the first circuit he had jumped him self to the front, he lead them a merry dance until a furlong out and was just headed coming up the hill after gettting a little tired, he finished a close 5th and certainly gave us plenty to cheer at for a long way we couldn't have been prouder of him and as a novice going against the season pros he certainly held his own.

What a wonderful experince we loved every second and we wish Jack Fisher and his team all the best with Jaleo who will stay out in the US to race out there. We dont doubt everyone will have a lot of fun with him and he will provide some fabulous days. Our biggest thank you goes to our owners. What an amazing experience.


Straight to Kempton as HIDDEN GLEN DELIGHTS.....

Off the plane and onto the racecourse was Sundays order of the day. Kempton hosted its first major jumps meeting of the season and with one runner on the card we waited until the last for Hidden Glen to go in the Matchbox Novices. We were delighted to see this horse run so brilliantly he sat 2nd all the way round before going infront after the last. He battled on bravely to the line in a dramatic finish to the delight of us all.

Well worth while coming home for.


On Monday we were delighted to announce that Ben will be an ambassador for BLACK TYPE we are delighted to be associated with them and are looking forward to the season ahead. We hope you enjoy the ride! Go to our Facebook to see their brilliant video.


This week see's us ramping up again with runners at Worcester tomorrow and through out the week and then to Cheltenham at the weekend.


THE RACING CLUBS PERFECT PIRATE holds an entry at CHELTENHAM on Friday in the 4.20 pm. There are still a few places available in this exciting Club so don't miss your chance to have a runner in the biggest stadium of them all. If you're interested then contact Grace in the office to buy your share.

The Winter Season is Nearly here

The new season is nearly upon us and we've been very busy at home. 

It's been a fabulous summer and the horses and staff have returned in great form. We are delighted to welcome new faces to the team. We are also thrilled that going into this season brings new facilities and the all- weather schooling ground has been in full flow and our new sand round gallop will be up and running in the next coupleof weeks. These new facilties allow us to keep improving and provide the horses with further opportunities.


We had a fantastic morning schooling this week with some of the young exciting Novice Hurdlers and some of the season pros. 

It was lovely to see the hero that is Barters Hill back schooling under Nico, as always he does everything in chill mode! We hope he will be out at the begining of November in a Novice Chase.  It will be great to get them all out and look forward to exciting times ahead. Not long now....

I guess the real excitment starts with Jaleo this week as he heads to Farehills USA for the American National on the 20th October. This talented Novice will take on the older horses and we firmly believe he heads there with a great chance.


We'll keep you posted.....


Barters Hill and Nico ping over a hurdle



KILDISART wins at Kempton


I know I know!! I’m sorry we’ve been out of coms for a while! But we needed a break after Cheltenham! Wow, what a week talk about an Irish Invasion!
As we wrote previously we had a team going into Cheltenham where we had hoped there would be plenty of live chances.
Despite some gallant runs and some not going quite according to plan this year. The wet and testing conditions would play a big part and unfortunately, some of them couldn’t quite fire in the ground.
We are happy to report though they all came back safely which is the most important thing and are ready to fight another day.


After the week at Cheltenham KILDISART who had been reserve for both his Festival runs headed to Kempton for consolation day and the valuable Silver plate handicap was on the cards for this talented 6 year old.

He travelled and jump through the race smoothly and took the lead as they jumped the second last he slightly blundered the last but managed to keep momentum going and went away again from the fast finishing Zubayr.
It was great to see this lovely Simon Munir and Isaac Souede owned Novice take a good prize after narrowly missing out on the opportunity to run at the festival.


This last week has been a week of nearly’s all with the likes of CYRIUSOISTRAKHJALEOCAVOKSTAGE SUMMIT all running well and being 2ndor 3rd and just hitting the crossbar. They seem in great form so we look forward to the upcoming weeks.
We look forward to seeing CREEP DESBOIS run at Haydock this weekend as he heads there for the Smarkets Challenger Chase series Final. He seems in good form so fingers crossed he’ll run well.

Look out for next week’s newsletter as we preview the exciting squad heading to Aintree, led by some familiar faces that didn’t run at Cheltenham and some fresh talent looking to make their debut on the big stage.  Let's hope the rain stops and we get some dry ground…..

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