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Big Week for the Ben Pauling Racing Club

Here we go, UNCLE PERCY is entered on Thursday in a 2m4f Handicap Hurdle at Worcester. He will be the first runner for the new Ben Pauling Racing Club and we can't wait to see him back on the track. He has strengthened up so much over the Summer and he has been working brilliantly at home. Daryl schooled and worked him last week and felt he was in great order and that he is ready for his first outing. 
There is a huge entry in the race at Worcester, but all being well we very much hope to be there.

There are still some shares left in this exciting Racing Club but they might not hang around too long after Thursday!
Please visit the links on the website to find out more or email for more information.

BARDISTA schooled over fences for the first time this week as you can see in the link below. He is looking great and is a natural over a fence.


Last week we had a few of our jockey's in to school on the grass. This was the first time many of our hurdlers had jumped a chase fence. They all jumped fantastically well. As you can see in the video below, WILLOUGHBY COURT looks completely at home over fences which is obviously hugely exciting for his owners Paul and Clare and everyone involved. We are very much looking forward to getting him on the track in early November. 



Saturday, 23rd of September

Schooling Morning

On Wednesday we had Nico and Daryl in to school a large portion of the yard in the sand menege.  It was a great chance to get Daryl used to the horses that he will be riding in the season. A few of the younger horses are progressing really well over obstacles and we should have some very exciting times ahead. You can see the horses in action in the videos below.


In this video you can see WILLOUGHBY COURT in his first piece of work this season, he is working with another yard favourite BOREHAM BILL. They both went extremely well which is great to see for these two impressive horses.

Ben Pauling Racing Club

UNCLE PERCY and BARDISTA are both going very well at home. We will have more videos and updates of them as they progress in their training. They will both be running soon in hurdles and will start giving The Racing Club some fun days in the future.

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Saturday, 16th of September

The Open & Owner's Days

Last weekend we had our annual Owners Day on Sunday and for the first time we opened the doors to the public on Saturday.
The Open Day was a huge success and we welcomed over 400 people through the doors. We paraded a few of the better-known horses as well as the Grade 1 winners Barters Hill and Willoughby Court. We also paraded the new BPR Club horses Uncle Percy and Bardista which went down really well and I am delighted to see the syndicate taking shape rapidly. We all really enjoyed showing people around the yard and can only hope that everyone left as happy as they all seemed.

On Sunday it was our annual Owner's Day where we paraded the horses of the owners that could attend and had lunch afterwards. It was again great and it is always good to be able to put on an event for our very loyal and fantastic owner's to enjoy.
The weather was slightly trying at times but we avoided the worst of it and as always the effort behind the scenes from my wife, family (and support team) and staff is hugely appreciated.

Barters Hill

Above: The big man is back! BARTERS HILL having his first canter in his return from injury. Great to see him being so enthusiastic about life.

Ben Pauling Racing Club

The Racing Club is really flying along now with both horses purchased in full training. Uncle Percy continues to look great on the gallop and is working well. He will be ready for his handicap debut in a month from now. Bardista is our latest purchase who is stereotypical of the old-fashioned chaser. He was made to jump fences and is looking better every day. He was bought early in the summer after he was 3rd in his only Irish Point and can only improve as he was very weak last season. They are two very different horses but should complement each other well. I am looking forward to an exciting debut season with the Ben Pauling Racing Club members.

Saturday, 29th of July

Foxtrot Racing

This morning we were joined by Foxtrot Racing. Foxtrot Racing runs National Hunt syndicates up and down the country and they own FELIX FABULA with us. Felix was bought off of the flat two years ago but sustained a leg injury soon after. He has been back in for a few months now and is now cantering away again. He is a great little horse with a lot of ability so we will keep our fingers crossed for a safe return to the track. He will hopefully be ready around the middle of October and will be aimed at a 2m Novice Hurdle. It would be great to give his very patient partnership some great times over the coming 2017/18 Season.

 Stores For Sale

The stores are selling fast! The three you see below are still for sale and they are all fantastic types. We have videos from various stages of their breaking in process so far which can be seen on request. They are now all out in the field for a month enjoying a break which is great to see.


On Tuesday (01.08.17) we have OGBOURNE DOWNS entered to run in the 8.20 Novice Hurdle at Worcester. This will be his third run for us and his first ever over hurdles. He has run a lot on the flat and has had some successes along the way. Hopefully, his transition to jumping will be just as successful as his earlier career.

Saturday 15th July

Over the summer we have been busy at the store sales and have bought a lovely bunch of 3yr olds. They are currently being broken in and ridden away and have all progressed well.  Click on any photo below to go to a video of each horse. Or follow the link below them to go to our website and read some more about each individual. We have always had a lot of luck with the stores with both BARTERS HILL and WILLOUHHBY COURT being bought as unbroken 3yr olds. 

Below you can see some of the new improvements we have made to the yard over the summer. We have added two extensions to our tack room and a new three horse wash bay. We have also laid astroturf over all of the concrete areas to improve safety on the yard by stopping horses slipping. The astroturf laid by the wash bays is being made into stabling with individual turn out pens with each stable. These stables will be invaluable for horses with dust allergies and respiratory issues.

Friday 26th of May

Newton Geronimo, was rather excited and played up before the start of the 2-mile Beginners Chase at Towcester, but under superb handling from Nico de Boinville and Tom David they managed to get him to jump off. Even though Newton Geronimo was out of the blocks late, he raced gamely to lead at the eighth before drawing away before 2 out and winning very convincingly by 20 lengths. It was his first start over fences for a while and he jumped brilliantly. Newton Geronimo has been difficult at the start for a while but for the moment we seem to have rectified this and once he is off, he has plenty of ability so is well worth the effort. We are thrilled for his owners/breeders John and Nina Foxon who are great supporters of the yard. 'Jerry' will continue to run throughout the summer and hopefully give his wonderful owners some more success in the coming months.

Always Lion won the Novice Handicap Chase at Market Rasen last Sunday by 2 lengths. He led from pillar to post and jumped beautifully under Nico. It was his debut over fences which made it even more impressive. It was his first run for 556 days after picking up a knock after his Ludlow win. It is great to have him back in such great form. We were hoping and praying for some rain to run him and we got it just in time. He has come out of the race brilliantly and will now go out for a short holiday before coming back into work with the others. It was a great result for Paul and Clare Rooney as they had the 1-2 with Beneficial Joe running very nicely to finish second and I am sure he will be winning plenty over the next few months.

Saturday 13th of May

As the 2016-17 season draws to a close we can once again be very happy with what we have achieved at Ben Pauling Racing. We have improved on the number of winners for the 3rd season running, finishing on 32 and had our first Cheltenham festival winner for Paul and Clare Rooney with Willoughby Courtin the Grade 1 Neptune Novice Hurdle. A day we will never forget. As with many yards the unusual weather patterns played havoc with the horses at times and resulting in head colds popping up various stages which is never helpful, but I keep telling myself it makes us stronger in the long run! We had 20 3/4yr olds this season (1/3rd of the yard) that look a very nice bunch but we only managed to run 1 with the ground being so quick towards the end of the season, so there is a lot to look forward to in the Autumn. My staff have once again been brilliant. Every one of them in their own way and I cannot thank them enough for their hard work and dedication to the yard and horses. We have sadly said goodbye to Mary who has been my assistant for the last 3 years and has been a huge help in every way. We have all grown together which has been very special. Tom David will now take my assistants role and having been head lad with us for the last two years I am sure he will be a huge asset with his depth of knowledge of the horses and racing in general. Camilla and Rowley have sadly jetted off to sunnier climates for the time being and we wish them every success, they have both been huge assets to the yard and will be missed.  But as always a huge thanks has to go to my wonderful team of owners. We already have a very loyal bunch of owners but are very much enjoying being able welcome new owners to the team. Without them the yard simply wouldn’t work and I can’t thank them enough. Finally, I simply couldn’t do it without my amazing wife Sophie and Daughter Tilia, who continue to keep a smile on my face and stop me losing the plot! We are really looking forward to the safe arrival of the newest edition to the family in a couple of weeks, so fingers firmly crossed.  We will again be busy at the sales so I don’t think it will be a quiet summer one way or another! Thank you to everyone for the continued support, it means a huge amount and here’s to 2017-18.

Dolatulo kicks off the 2017/18 season in fantastic style winning the 4 Miler at the Cheltenham Hunter Chase Evening. The entirety of the yard was at the evening for our end of season party, where Valda Embiricos' had very kindly lent us her box for the evening – we are certain the noise levels from the winners' enclosure could be heard from Cleeve Hill. Dolatulo, was ridden by Dougie (who does our PR and Social Media at the yard) and owned by his mother, has had a great year from only five runs he has now won two, been second once and also ran at the Festival in the Foxhunters. Dougie rides him every day at home and the pair have created quite a bond. Dolatulo has given a very inexperienced jockey an unbelievable first season on him and hopefully there are many more fun times ahead.



We are off! Uncle Percy becomes the first Ben Pauling Racing Club purchase and is ready to roll in Handicap Hurdles in the Autumn. He is summering really well and looks to have strengthened up massively already. With a step up in trip and a summer to mature I think he will be a very well handicapped horse.
Come and Join the fun. Check out or bprc page on the website or email for more details.

Friday 28th of April

Two Swallows 

Two Swallows battled brilliantly up the hill to win the 2m7f handicap hurdle at Cheltenham for her amazing owner Mrs C Walters it was her third win from five starts and being placed second on her other two runs it has been a very fruitful season. Although she is not the biggest at all but she gives you everything and always wears her heart on her sleeve. She will now go on a much-deserved summer holiday and hopefully next season she can give us more fun over fences!!

World Premier

World Premier made an incredible start to his career, winning the bumper at Warwick by 8 lengths, showing true class. He is a very progressive youngster indeed and has impressed us with his work at home. He will go away for the summer now and will be a very exciting prospect for next season.

End of Season

Thank you very much for everyone's support over the past season. We have had another great year with many ups and some downs, but overall the yard and the horses have flourished. We will have some quieter times over the next few months enabling us and the horses to recuperate. We will have some summer horses running which we will keep you up to date with. However, the main bulk of the yard will come back in around July and then we can crack on with the 2017/18 season, and we cannot wait!


The Aintree Team

Cyrius Moriviere has had a very frustrating season. I wanted to give him a chance in a top class 2 mile hurdle early in the year and he just didn’t quite have the speed over the last 2 furlongs but still ran well to finish mid-division. I always thought he was would be a much better chaser than hurdler but what followed has been a catalogue of errors none of which were his fault! He is the most superb jumper even though his form may not look like it. He is running in the 2m4f Manifesto Novice Chase. Being a Grade 1 he will be up against some very smart novices but if we could nick some place money I would be over the moon. I don’t want to win a run of the mill novice chase this late in the season and take him out of Novices for next year as I think he could well be quite progressive with a clear run.

Raven's Tower has had a good year winning at Aintree early in the season and has been running well but coming down the handicap to a mark we know he is competitive off of. He seems in great form at home and will be well suited by the drying ground. There is no doubt this will be a very competitive race but he could well be competitive himself.

A Hare Breath didn’t really run much of a race at all in the Arkle at Cheltenham and I have decided to give him a run back over hurdles as a confidence booster. He may well still have a future over fences but he didn’t seem to enjoy the speed they went in the Arkle and he is better off in the handicap over hurdles. If he can reproduce his form when finishing 4th in the Greatwood then he should run a big race. He runs in the 2m4f Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle on Friday.

Carlos Du Fruitier has been in great form this season, winning nicely at Warwick first time out before finishing second at Newcastle. He was only beaten 2 lengths that day on very heavy ground giving a stone to the winner who is a nice type as well. He deserves his chance in the line-up and is flying at home. He is a tough as they come and will run a big race on ground that will suit him well.

Leoncavallo ran a much better race in the Coral than he had the two previous runs and I think a step up to 3 miles is right up his street. He was a good juvenile and quite often they need a trip as they get older. If the extra distance brings out further improvement in him then he could be competitive in the 3m Gaskells handicap Hurdle on Saturday.

Creep Desbois has been improving all season. He was aimed at the EBF final but unfortunately pulled muscles behind about 10 days before. He is a now back to his best and is entered in both the 2m4f and 3m handicap hurdles. I think he would be ok over both trips and where we go will be decided on which race he will get in. He needs horses to come out of both races and isn’t certain to get into either but if he does I think he could be well handicapped although a novice stepping into handicaps of this calibre is never easy. He is a horse who will only improve in the next few years and will jump a fence as well.

I blame myself for High Bridge's slightly disappointing run in the Supreme as I asked Alex to give him daylight in such a fast run race. Unfortunately, a lot were keen to be handy and we ended up 5 wide and you can’t expect a horse to go that wide and pick up. He jumped well and although he travelled well I thought he looked like a horse that would relish an extra ½ mile so now runs in the 2m4f Mersey. He seems well at home and I hold him in high regard and it would be great to see him run well if Cheltenham hasn’t left its mark.

I hold Le Breuil in high regard and am looking forward to seeing him in Grade 1 company for the first time. It is most likely that he will run in the 2m4f Mersey Novice Hurdle on Saturday. I think he would defiantly stay the 3 miles but he has plenty of speed and at this stage of his career I don’t think he needs to go further than he has too. He is a very accurate and fast jumper and he will love the ground.

Willoughby Court wins the Neptune Investment Novices' Hurdle

Willoughby Court wins the Neptune Novice's Hurdle under David Bass, for Paul and Clare Rooney.  He made all in the Cheltenham Festival Grade 1 to fight off Neon Wolf to the line. This fantastically brave horse puts his heart on the line every time he runs, jumping and galloping in true class. It is the second Grade 1 for the yard after Barters Hill won the Challow Hurdle last year. It is also the first win at the Cheltenham Festival for the yard and a huge milestone for Ben Pauling Racing.

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