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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 CITIZEN Global headed to Ascot for the competitive Listed Hurdle over 2 miles and he didn’t disappoint, carry...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 school...

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CHELTENHAM 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 pl...

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WILLOUGHBY COURT As most of you would have heard our wonderful Willoughby will not be at The Festival this year. Unfortunately, it’s what you call bad timing. He has an infection in his foot which reared its ugly head over the weekend. It has unfortunately rum...

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GOWITHTHEFLOW After the successes of the four at the beginning of the week.The horses continued with their run of good form towards the end of the week with GOWITHTHEFLOW displaying his class to win a very hot novice up at Doncaster.He went off second favo...

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THEY'RE BACK!! As we have been saying for the last few weeks, we have been trying to get the horses back to full health. Finally we think we are there and they have come back with a bang these last two days. Hurray!!Making it four wins from four starts on Monday and...

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As I mentioned last week we have been in midst of a head cold, but we hope yesterday provided us with a turning point. Both horses Fawsley Spirit and Perfect Pirate finished their races and galloped to the line, they all seem well at home so just maybe we have a glimmer of hope that they are turning a corner and c...

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HORSE PROFILE WILLOUGHBY COURT This horse takes no introduction, he is what you dream of training and owning when you go into racing.His presence was apparent from day one. Bought out of the Goffs Land Rover Sale as a three-year-old in 2014 after Ben's first season by Tessie Greatrex and Ben. He was bought for P...

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HORSE PROFILERAVEN'S TOWER  As we profiled Barters Hill last week we thought it was only fitting that this week belonged to the little but courageous Raven's Tower.  They were the first two to arrive at BPR and both horses have been a very special part of ...

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COMEBACK KIDSBARTERS HILL  There won’t ever be another horse who will do as much for my career as BARTERS HILL has done. I bought him (expertly guided by my agent Tessie) at the Tattersalls Derby sale before I had even got my trainers license. H...

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CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR I hope you have all had the most wonderful Christmas with your families and friends. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy New Year and a prosperous 2018. As you are all aware the festive period is a ve...

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It has been a very quiet week on the racing front for runners but everyone has been working so hard at home to keep the show on the road through some of the worst conditions we have had for a very long time. We had a huge amount of snow over last weekend but the horses were ridden every day in some pretty cold con...

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Another Newbury Win for HIGH BRIDGE It was a big day for both Alex Ferguson and HIGH BRIDGE in the Listed Handicap Hurdle at Newbury and we were delighted to see both of them come through with flying colours. It was a tactical affair, with very little pace...

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A DOUBLE ON THE DAY 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 Be...

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WAY BACK THEN 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 th...

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WILLOUGHBY COURT 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 fir...

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LINENHALL 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...

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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.' ...

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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 tha...

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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 wo...

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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 wel...

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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...

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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 ...

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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 abou...

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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 game...

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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 Courti...

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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 g...

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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 hur...

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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 s...

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Le Breuil stormed back into the winner's enclosure at Newbury yesterday to make it two from two over hurdles. He took a lead in the early stages but soon jumped his way to the front. Le Breuil has had a short break since winning at Sedgefield due to a little bang. He is a stuffy little horse who tak...

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Two Swallows puts in another truly gutsy effort to plough through the mud and win the 3m 2f mares hurdle at Towcester. She was given a very patient ride by Nico de Boinville who took her wide to find the better ground on a few of the corners. She then took up the lead three out and was clear by lengths a...

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High Bridge puts in another mega performance, in the 2m Novice Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday, to make it 3 wins from 3 starts since he joined us this season. He was given a great ride by our amateur Alex Ferguson who has steered him to each one of his victories, and it seems they have formed a fantastic partn...

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Carlos Du Fruitier started off his career under rules in great style winning the bumper at Warwick last week. He was given a positive ride by David Bass and he drew well clear from the home bend to win impressively. He seems a smart little horse who hit the bar a few times in Point-to-Points when he was train...

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Willoughby Court under a fantastic ride by David Bass takes the Grade 2 Neptune Investment Management Novices Trial for his owners Paul and Clare Rooney. He made all in the 2m5f Novice Hurdle and appeared to love the soft ground and pushed clear of the main field three out, staying on well to come home in str...

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Lord Vestey's Marten showed great resolution to win the bumper at Warwick last week. He was far too keen at Doncaster when we made the running on his first start and weakened into fifth so we decided to give him plenty of cover. He didn't really pick the bridle up at all in the early stages and looked gr...

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Cadeau George put in a fantastic effort to win at Huntingdon on Boxing Day under Tom Bellamy. He made the running in the 3m 1f Hurdle but was headed three out, but when Tom put him under pressure he rallied brilliantly to lead close home. George had been off the track for 656 days before his previou...

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It has been a couple of months since the last blog and plenty has happened in that time… Since last Thursday we have had 6 winners and the horses have been running fantastically. Willoughby Court won a very competitive Maiden Hurdle at Warwick on Thursday which kick started our winning streak. We have alwa...

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On Saturday we had the first of our winter horses run at Market Rasen and he won! Boreham Bill confirmed what we had always dreamed of him and proved that he has plenty of ability by winning his first bumper by 3 and a half lengths. We have always thought a lot of this horse as he shows plenty of promise at home, ...

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I am thrilled to announce that we have a created a fantastic new schooling ground this week which is honestly as good as they come! We have acquired some new easy fix hurdles, easy fix fences, and some new cross country jumps to get the babies off the ground. The field is big enough to fit a line of five easy fix ...

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We are nearly a month on from our owners day and the majority of our horses have now stepped up their work and will start their first pieces of half speed work next week. It is exciting watching the stores from last year on the gallops as they are looking a lot stronger and more advance. The patience of their owne...

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On Saturday we had our owners day. It is the one day of the year where we are able to get the majority of our owners together and parade all our string. The horses all looked magnificent and behaved well. Unfortunately the weather was not on our side and there were a few showers, but it was lovely that everyone st...

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Well it’s been a while…. Apologies for the lack of communication, I have been on holiday for two months! The summer months have been pretty quiet at Ben Pauling Racing, as most of the horses went out to grass leaving only 4 in full training. Despite this we have managed to have 4 winners already this...

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As we look forward to next season we can also reminisce with delight in the 2015/16 season. In Ben’s short training career we have had the best season to date with 26 winners in total. Amongst these winners have been some very special days: The Grade 1 Challow Hurdle with Barters Hill and then The Grade 2 Al...

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We only had the one runner at Aintree with Willoughby Court in the Champion bumper, he ran really well to finish 5th and was only beaten 5 and half lengths with the Cheltenham Champion bumper winner Ballyandy only a length in front. The form looks very strong with the two Mulins horses that were first and second w...

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This morning Nico and Freddie Mitchel were in so we schooled the majority of our babies in the outdoor school. Below are a few videos of them all. It was a really productive morning and the youngsters will have learnt a lot, for some of them it was their first time leaving the ground. In other news we have been p...

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Today we took our 6 Cheltenham runners, plus Alpine Secret, Le Breuil, Kalanisi Circle and Ballyhenry to Banks Fee to gallop round Annie Cox’s farm. There was eleven of us in total and it felt a bit like a days hunting, with Ben leading the charge on his hunter Dave’s Dream! The horses loved the change...

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Yesterday Treaty Girl ran exceptionally well at Huntingdon to win! She was 33-1 in a hot novice hurdle, we were expecting lots of improvement after she disappointed us at Warwick, she has always pleased us with her work at home, but were pleasantly surprised to see her win by 10 lengths! Ben bought her last year a...

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We had another fantastic day at Kempton on Friday with a double for the team and a four timer for Nico (he also had a double for Nicky.) Ballyhenry kicked off the day by winning the novice hurdle. It was really great to see Henry back to winning ways this season, as we have always held him in high regard. He beat ...

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We had a great couple of days at Doncaster last Friday and Saturday with Cyrius Moriviere and Barters Hill winning. This has taken our total winners this season to 21, which means we have already passed our total for last season. On Friday Cyrius took the 2 mile novice hurdle in impressive style, his jumping was ...

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Even though the horses have had an easier January they are still in fantastic form. Last week Paddy’s Field ran really well at Market Rasen to produce a gutsy performance to win a novice hurdle. He is a horse that we have always liked and it was good to see him get a win after he fell last time out at Uttoxe...

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Yesterday we were delighted with Drumacoo winning his first start over fences and it was also his first start for us, making his return to the track after a 412 day absence. We have always held this horse in high regard at home, as he is the most striking horse who most certainty has a lot of presence and shows pl...

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Yesterday was a day that we could only have dreamt of. We had a double at Newbury, winning the Manderin Handicap Chase with Silvergrove and the Grade one Challow hurdle with Barters Hill. Silvergrove started off the day with a bold display of front running and jumping. He jumped superbly and even though he looked...

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We were absolutely delighted with Local Show’s performance last Wednesday at Newbury. His jumping was a bit novicey, but what can be expected for a horse running first time over fences. Nico said he would come on massively for the run and gain a lot of experience. It was fantastic for Clare and Nick Piper to...

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Yesterday was a day of ups and downs. Ben went to Taunton with our two runners and I went to Warwick. Itsnowcato was very unfortunate when taken out at the fourth flight by a loose horse. It was a real shame as he was in great form at home and we really fancied his chances. Luckily Willoughby Court managed to brig...

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Yesterday we were really thrilled to have Cyruis Moriviere win a competitive Novice Hurdle at Huntingdon. We thought he would run well as he has been in exceptional form at home, but as shown by his odds (20-1) winning was an added bonus! The Ferguson horse that he beat had high class bumper form and looks a nice ...

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It has only been two weeks since I wrote the last blog and in that time we have had 5 winners!  Ravens Tower kicked us off with a fantastic win at Huntingdon over fences last Tuesday, he was his usual electric self and jumped amazingly to win easily in the end. We were so pleased to see him back to form as l...

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