Best horses we have had Paul­ing hopes for an­other fruit­ful cam­paign

Gloucestershire Echo - - RACING - [email protected]­ Melissa JONES

APAGE is re­served for Wil­loughby Court, Barters Hill and A Hare Breath in Ben Paul­ing’s horses-in-train­ing brochure.

The trio may not be mem­bers of the cur­rent squad, but they have each played their part in mak­ing the sta­ble what it is to­day.

Each pro­vided the trainer with an al­limpor­tant ‘first’ tri­umph- at the Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val, in a Grade One and at the Home of Jump Rac­ing re­spec­tively.

It’s not all about where Paul­ing is now, just as im­por­tant is how he got there.

“That’s Raven’s Tower,” he said, go­ing past the out­door boxes where 2019 Na­tional Hunt Chase hero Le Breuil re­sides.

“He has been with me since day one.”

The Bourtonon-the-wa­ter yard has made re­lent­less progress in seven sea­sons, from nine win­ners in 2013/14 (56 run­ners) to 44 (313 run­ners) in the most re­cent cam­paign.

There is a grow­ing part­ner­ship with lead­ing own­ers Si­mon Mu­nir and Isaac Souede, a team of top jock­eys and a whole host of young horses des­tined to shine.

Con­di­tional Ja­son Dixon is a new face in the Cotswolds, hav­ing gained plenty of fans in a break­through 2018/19 sea­son.

He made the per­fect start to his new role here last week, mak­ing the long trip up to Kelso worth­while.

“We are not a yard hav­ing 70 or 80 win­ners a sea­son, what we do have is some nice horses ca­pa­ble of mak­ing their mark in graded com­pany,” said Paul­ing, in­set.

“I per­son­ally think they are the best bunch we have ever had. “With a clean run we should have a great sea­son.” Stam­ina will be tested early on when the team, in­clud­ing the trainer and his wife Sophie, tackle the Chel­tenham Half Marathon on Septem­ber 29. Do­na­tions are in aid of Rac­ing Wel­fare and Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port.

Ben Paul­ing gives us his views on a se­lec­tion of his horses for the sea­son ahead: Kild­is­art: An­thony Brom­ley is a big part of where Si­mon and Isaac’s horses run. He won nicely at As­cot and it was lovely to see him to do the same at Chel­tenham on Tri­als Day. It meant we had to go for the JLT and he ran bril­liantly fin­ish­ing fourth, I thought we should step him up in trip and it was bril­liant to see him win at the Grand Na­tional meet­ing. In most of his runs, he’s not been out of the first two. There’s a few op­tions- at the mo­ment I’m favour­ing the Many Clouds race at Ain­tree. The way he fin­ished there at the end of a long sea­son was very en­cour­ag­ing. He’s pow­er­ful, gritty and tries. He has a lot of class as well. We will soon find out if he’s up to run­ning in Grade Ones again. He’s only run 12 times and looks bet­ter than ever.

Le Breuil: lot of peo­ple had half given up on him last sea­son. He was wrong at Hay­dock when he came back with a dirty scope. We had a race against time to get him to Chel­tenham. I al­ways thought he would stay, Daryl (Ja­cob) was very keen to ride him in the Ul­tima. Jamie Codd rang up to tell us he had the best pro­file of the mounts avail­able for the four miler. I think he’s still im­prov­ing and his main aim this year is the Na­tional. He’s not the type to wait for that so we will run him in some nice races along the way. Like Kild­is­art he is hard to get fit.

Global Cit­i­zen: He had a bril­liant year, the whole aim was to get to Chel­tenham for the Cham­pion Hur­dle. He had some tough races and I’m afraid he was over the top- he was look­ing for the fields al­ready. He’s such an en­thu­si­as­tic horse, you could see go­ing to the first hur­dle he wasn’t go­ing to be him­self. As a five-year-old he won a point-to-point and he’s a bril­liant jumper. I imagine he will start off over two miles and his first big tar­get is the Henry VIII at Sandown. He schooled with Bright Fore­cast at the end of last sea­son and they were as good as we’ve ever had. I’m keen to give him some more ex­pe­ri­ence of un­du­lat­ing tracks.

Bright Fore­cast: We didn’t run him in bumpers and he won his first hur­dle at New­bury when he was as green as grass. We cam­paigned him qui­etly, he wasn’t beaten far at Hay­dock be­hind Mis­ter Fisher de­spite hang­ing on the pad­dock bend. At Chel­tenham in the Bal­ly­more I hoped Nico could hold a handy po­si­tion, he was still in­ex­pe­ri­enced. He took off up the straight and in an­other 50 yards he could have got his head in front. Af­ter the race he didn’t even know he had had one. He goes chas­ing over two and a half miles to start with- I think he’ll eas­ily get three. We will start off in the race we won with Le Breuil and Wil­loughby Court at Hunt­ing­don. If it went well, we might try three miles at Kemp­ton over Christ­mas. I think he’s gen­uinely as good as I have ever trained.

Chess Player: We think an aw­ful lot of him. On de­but at Ayr he was beaten by one of Phil Kirby’s that went on to fin­ish sixth at Punchestow­n. Un­for­tu­nately he has had a lit­tle set­back and will miss the first half of the sea­son. We hope he will be back to run at the Chel­tenham and Punchestow­n Fes­ti­vals. He’s a very de­cent horse.

Unai: He’s one of Si­mon Mu­nir and Isaac Souede’s horses, they pur­chased him be­fore he made his de­but at War­wick. They have six with us now. This is a strik­ing in­di­vid­ual and I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing him over a hur­dle.

We Run The Night: He has come over from France un­beaten af­ter win­ning two novice hur­dles and a novice chase. I was lucky enough to be sent him and he could be any­thing. It’s ex­cit­ing to have him on board.

Ger­boise Bor­get: A new horse for JP Mc­manus, she’s a daugh­ter of Mar­taline and goes about her busi­ness in a very pos­i­tive man­ner. She’s a for­ward type and is ready to rock and roll.

Gowith­the­flow: He beat Pais­ley Park as a novice hur­dler. We went chas­ing and it turned into a bit of a rot­ten year as he had a wind prob­lem. We had it op­er­ated on and he won his last start of the sea­son at Mar­ket Rasen. I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting go­ing with him, he’s a a lovely hon­est horse that could be­come a de­cent hand­i­cap­per.

King Erik: Noth­ing went right at War­wick, the race was run ter­ri­bly slowly. He has the abil­ity to have a de­cent novice sea­son. He was im­pres­sive in his point-to-point bumper. He could be a use­ful re­cruit over hur­dles.

Le­gal Eyes: He had a bit of a stop-start time of it. He had a wind pro­ce­dure which held him up. He’s tal­ented and I think his prob­lems are be­hind him. It was great that he man­aged to end last sea­son pos­i­tively.

Guena Des Mottes: He’s a ju­ve­nile that won once at Fon­tainebleau. He’s a pow­er­ful sort and is hope­fully go­ing to be one to watch. He’s got ev­ery­thing in the right place.

Nadaitak: He learned a lot last sea­son and be­came the ul­ti­mate pro­fes­sional in the jump­ing de­part­ment. The plan is to send him to Hen­ri­etta Knight for some school­ing to make sure it is A1 for when he tries fences. He ran at both fes­ti­vals and is a very tough horse. He likes big, gal­lop­ing tracks. With a bit of luck he and Nestor Park might be the right types for some­thing like the Na­tional Hunt Chase.

Nestor Park: He pulled up twice at the end of last sea­son. At Ain­tree he hit a hur­dle and Nico felt he wasn’t quite right, then War­wick wasn’t him. I know how good he is. I ex­pect him to rank highly among the novices. This sea­son he could re­ally shine again.

Now is the Win­ter: He’s not de­signed to win around Strat­ford, but he did and I was thrilled. We thought he might need a bit of ed­u­ca­tion there. He’s a gal­loper and should come into his own over two-and-a-half miles.

One Touch: I in­her­ited him well into last sea­son, he ran once and won. Some of his form reads well al­ready. Even though he was only eighth at Chel­tenham at the Novem­ber Meet­ing he wasn’t beaten all that far. He’s a lovely horse and looks to have a bright fu­ture.

Rin­tulla: I have al­ways thought a lot of him. He has plenty of po­ten­tial and will be stronger af­ter his sum­mer break. It was nice to see him win his bumper and he’s use­ful.

Shakem Up’arry: This is Harry Red­knapp’s horse and he did very well on his de­but for us, when he fin­ished third. It was a hot bumper and he showed lots of prom­ise. I hope he will be con­test­ing some good races over jumps.

The Ma­con Lug­natic: A big in­di­vid­ual who won a de­cent race at New­bury. He’s an­other nice young horse we have here.

To­wards The Dawn: He un­for­tu­nately picked up an in­jury dur­ing his only start over hur­dles, which ex­plained his sticky jump­ing. Nico nursed him into it and he fin­ished third. It was pos­i­tive and we have plenty to build on now.

Ois­trakh Le Noir: He’s had a year off due to a ten­don in­jury and strength­ened up a lot. He was big and raw ini­tially and went close to win­ning a good prize at New­bury.

Delire D’es­tru­val: Could be a smart prospect for some good hand­i­caps. He won two chases last year and a nice race at Sandown. It was a con­tin­u­a­tion of his good form from his hur­dling sea­son.

We Run The Night with trainer Ben Paul­ing

Bright Fore­cast, left. Right, Nadaitak with his sta­ble mates

Le Breuil

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