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Two Weeks of Winners


MARKOV and RAVEN'S TOWER gave us a day we will remember for many years to come. Alan Marsh’s MARKOV made an impressive winning seasonal and chasing debut at Fontwell on Sunday under Tom Bellamy who fresh from his Betvictor Gold Cup win gave MARKOV a peach of a ride. He officially became our 100th winner and then two races later with the wonderful RAVEN'S TOWER, under a determined ride from James Banks, we had our 101st from the horse that gave us our 1st four years ago! RT is still flying at home and loving life more than ever which is always great to see. He owes nothing to anyone and he really is an incredibly special little horse. As most of you know he was purchased for £2000 and has won 6 times, placed 19 times and has now won over £67k in prize money. What a Gem!


On Tuesday the team headed to Southwell and the Bourtoneers' EQUUS SECRETUS took centre stage in a hot Novice. He was carrying a penalty after his gutsy win at Huntington last time out. We were very aware that this would not be an easy race as Tom George's Another Stowaway had a big reputation after just being beaten by the Nicky Henderson trained On The Blind Side up at Aintree in October. Both horses did not disappoint in providing a spectacle. Equus ground it out from the front under Daryl Jacob showing tenacity and determination to score on his second start over hurdles. The success of this horse is very much down to Danny who has ridden him since day one, looks after him and puts in all the hard work so huge congratulations to him. He has been given a very lofty mark of 139h so let's hope he can live up to it as that is pretty steep for an opening mark.


The Simon Munir and Isaac Souede owned KILDISART headed the betting in a very competitive Maiden Hurdle at Ascot on Friday and he did not disappoint. A horse we have always thought an awful lot of and it was great to see him demonstrate his talent on the track. His jumping was slick and he showed his class between the last and the line with a fantastic turn of foot. This provided the team with their first winner for the famous two shades of green colours. An exciting horse and all being well he looks to have a bright future.


With Saturday, came two big days in the National Hunt Calendar at Haydock and Ascot. DELIRE D'ESTRUVAL headed to Haydock for the 2-mile Novice Listed Hurdle. They had had plenty of rain so we knew conditions would suit this lovely French recruit. We decided to make it a stamina test, and Delire showed his incredible professionalism and demonstrated what a gutsy little horse he is by really battling up the home straight to keep his head in front. A fantastic ride by Daryl which would kick off a fantastic day for him and Delire's owners who won The Betfair Chase so huge congratulations to them.  

At Ascot Sue Davies' NESTOR PARK proved himself to be a very exciting prospect taking what we believe will turn out to be a very hot bumper under a strong ride from David Bass. He gamely went on to score after a tussle with the Warren Greatrex trained Portrush Ted up the home straight. We don’t doubt that both of these horses will have bright futures after pulling clear of the rest of the field.
It really was a brilliant end to a great week 


After the success of last week, we were excited for the week ahead and the team did not disappoint. STAGE SUMMIT and LINENHALL ran gallantly hitting the crossbar a couple of times. 

Then came the turn of PERFECT PIRATE who headed for his Seasonal Debut at Towcester. This plucky little horse made a superb start to his chasing career and season to win the 2m4f Novice Chase gamely for his owner's Masters Racing. He flew up the Towcester Hill under Daryl and went on to win in style. Another bright, young Novice which we hope will provide his owner's with some great days ahead. 


The Ladbrokes Winter Carnival takes centre stage this weekend in the National Hunt Calendar and the Grade 2 Novice's Chase was set up to be mouthwatering, as both Grade 1 winning hurdlers Yanworth and WILLOUGHBY COURT lined up amongst a competitive field. No words can describe the high regard we have for this very special horse and he did not disappoint again. He jumped superbly and to quote the Racing Post he was ‘Big, bold and brilliant’. He provided the team with another top class win and it was great to see him becoming the chaser we hoped he always would be. 


WAY BACK THEN Impresses at Kempton


WAY BACK THEN is a horse we have always thought a lot of. He won his bumper very nicely last year but unfortunately picked up an injury that put him out for the remainder of the season. He spent the summer at Hen Knight's doing a lot of work on the flat and also his early steady canter work. He arrived here looking better than ever and hasn’t looked back since. His work had improved again from last year and we were very hopeful he would go well on Monday. It was a race with plenty of strength in depth and I know a few other horses that are highly regarded. He was left in front a long way from home and overcame signs of greenness to win quite comfortably. Daryl liked him a lot and there should be some very exciting days ahead of him this season. We hope he could be good enough to feature in some smart Novice Hurdles towards the end of the season.


GOWITHTHEFLOW has to be mentioned as he ran a big race at Chepstow just to get caught on the line. He jumped and traveled superbly and this is a horse we think a huge amount of and I would expect him to take high order in the Novice Hurdle division this season.



TWO SWALLOWS ran a blinder to finish second on her chase debut. She warmed to her jumping in the early part of the race and was very professional from there on. She ballooned the last slightly which cost her quite a bit of momentum. I don’t know if she would have quite won but certainly it would have been very close indeed. Nico reported that she took a blow so she is bound to come on for the run as well. She will go to Newbury now for the Mares Listed Chase in December and I am sure she will put up a performance to be proud of again.

Some Very Exciting Novices


We were delighted to get WILLOUGHBY COURT's season under way at Huntingdon last weekend. He has always been a superb jumper at home but you never know what is going to happen on the course until you get there! He gave himself a shock at the first ditch and it was then a case of getting his confidence back as the race developed. At times he showed us how good he will be over fences with some very sharp and accurate leaps. Regardless of what had happened in the early stages of the race as it developed he got better and better and it was great to see him put his head down and win in the way he did. It was a decent field and was always going to take a good performance to win it. He has come out of the race brilliantly and will do plenty more schooling before we head to Newbury for the 2m4f Grade 2 Novice Chase at the beginning of December. I think he will be well suited by going back left-handed.


EQUUS SECRETUS was fabulous from the front to win the 2m3f Novice Hurdle at Huntingdon last Sunday. He jumped and traveled in the style of a very nice horse. He showed a gutsy attitude to repel his challengers in the home straight. I am delighted with how he has come out of the race and he will run in a Novice under a penalty towards the end of the month before maybe looking towards something a little bit better. His jumping is his forte and I can’t wait to see this horse develop.

MARTEN was also fantastic from the front at Southwell and galloped his rivals into submission. He won very nicely with a decent horse in Sky Pirate a well-beaten second. He will need to brush up on his jumping slightly but this has always been a horse we have liked a lot and it is great to see him get going over hurdles in the fashion.
Below is a video of his impressive finish at Southwell

Continuing The Streak


We were thrilled to see LINENHALL put his head in front on the first time of asking over Timber in 2m6f Maiden at Stratford. He was always a horse we liked a lot last year but he just didn’t seem to have the extra gear needed to win one. He is a lovely big Chasing type for the future and jumping was always going to be his game. He made all and, although he was green in front to start with, he warmed to his task nicely and jumped almost impeccably. What we were most pleased about was how he knuckled down when the well-backed Alan King horse joined him at the last but he was soon on top again to win by a length. The track was sharp enough for him but over 2m6f we just got away with it. We will look to run him under a penalty in a month or so and then we can make a plan for the remainder of the season from there. I would imagine he will be running over 3 miles by the end of the season.


It was another good performance from CARLOS DU FRUITIER to win the 2m3f Novice Hurdle at Wetherby. It was a race that looked to have a few decent types in it but not a lot of strength in depth. This was very much apparent with the first two drawing well clear in the closing stages. He showed plenty of guts and determination to win by a length from 'Jammin Masters', who is a well-regarded horse of Warren Greatrex. CARLOS jumped very well throughout and was just a bit tight at the last which meant he had to pull out all the stops. He quite clearly had come on for his run at Huntingdon when he was second and is a horse Daryl likes a lot. We will look for a race in 5 weeks or so and you may see him step up in grade rather than carry a penalty as he is not the biggest. It certainly has a very jolly group of owners who made themselves heard on the track and I hope their heads are not too sore this morning!!


It is another exciting week ahead for the racing club. BARDISTA looks like he will run at Exeter on Tuesday. He is a horse that has turned inside out since joining us and his work has got better and better. He is a fabulous jumper and his future is defiantly over fences but I believe he will be up to running very nicely over hurdles as well. UNCLE PERCY is back working away really well and is not far away from his next run at Huntingdon in the middle of the month. These are two cracking horses that I am sure will be visiting the winner's enclosure this season. There are still some shares left in this very exciting Racing Club and it is a fantastic way to get into racehorse ownership and experience the thrill of being an owner.


And We're Off!

The Jump Season is finally going up a gear and we are delighted that our winter runners are starting to come out over the next few weeks. This weekend provides the first meeting at Cheltenham of the season and we look forward to seeing a few of our horses back at 'the home of National Hunt racing.'


 SKIDOOSH and the Pauling/Jacob combo made a sensational debut winning the bumper at Worcester on Wednesday. This horse is a homebred of Laurie and Alicia Strangman. He is out of SOUTHERN EXIT and the exciting news is there are more out of the family on the way! SKIDOOSH is a big strong horse and has been going well at home but it is always nice to see them produce on the track. He was fairly green at the beginning of the race. However, he showed his class and won well in the competitive bumper drawing well clear of 3rd with the second horse, Lisdoonvarna Lad, who looks a lovely type for my brother in law and is definitely one to watch in the future. We are looking forward to what is to come in the next few months from SKIDOOSH and we hope the future is bright!


On Thursday HIDDEN GLEN made it two from two in bumpers this season, winning in incredible style and showing everything we had hoped for from what we had seen at home. He was given a confident ride from the front by Daryl making all to win on debut. We are thrilled for Jake Launchbury who looks after HIDDEN GLEN and rides him every day. Jake can be seen above leading him back into the winner's enclosure, and in the below video cheering him on in the closing stages of the race. He seems to have everything you look for in a racehorse and we will keep him in bumpers for this season.


A Solid Start To The Season

We have just built six new stables and each one has its own outside area for the horses to use at their own free will. These are for horses who may suffer from dust allergies or respiratory issues. The more fresh air the horses can’t get the better, as far as I am concerned. Airflow in yards is something that is hugely important and constantly monitored. The horses we have put in these new stables seem to have settled in brilliantly already.

We have had our first few Winter runners in the last ten days and overall we have been very happy with how they have run. CARLOS DU FRUITIER, RAVEN'S TOWER, and UNCLE PERCY have all run very well in defeat finishing 2nd, 2nd and 3rd respectively. All of these horses will no doubt come on for their first runs and I am looking forward to seeing how much they have improved next time out. We always expect our horses to improve for their first runs. CYRIUS MORIVIERE ran a little disappointingly but it appears that he has a substandard race first time out every season and I am sure he will return to his best next time out. ALPINE SECRET was also a little disappointing but Nico reported that he hated the ground and we will hope for a better performance in a couple of weeks.
Next week we will have a lot more going to the racetrack and they are some lovely horses as well.


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.

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