We caught up with Ben Pauling to talk through his string for the season ahead, including Your Darling who beat Sprinter Sacre's brother.
Delire D’Estruval is a lovely horse and has become an exceptionally good jumper of a fence.We campaigned him last season as two-miler and then we chucked him in the consolation race at Kempton after we didn’t get in at Cheltenham. We just dropped him in over 2m5f thinking he’s high in the handicap, if he comes down a few pounds so be it, and it just transformed him. He came through and won very convincingly. He might start off in the Haldon Gold Cup and then something like the Topham I think is right up his street.
Global had a bit of a stop start season from a trainer’s point of view last year but I think he’s an exceptionally good horse. He won at Kempton at Christmas very nicely, beating a very good field. From there, all roads lead to Cheltenham and I know we could have had him better than we had him heading into the Festival. He won an Irish point-to-point and he’s a class horse with a lot of speed. If he stays and can use that speed over a race slightly further then it could be quite exciting.
He very nearly won at Cheltenham after getting beat a neck in the Ultima which was the aim for most of the season so that was a bit painful but you couldn’t ask for any more from the horse. He’ll definitely stay National trips, but we’ve got some nice little targets for him early doors. He’s a solid horse and his jumping is getting better and better so I think he’s still on the improve. I’m looking forward to getting going this season.
He ran at Kelso and that was the first time we’ve seen him back to where he was two seasons ago when he won the National Hunt chase. Last season was hard work for him and I think he went so deep into his reserves to win the National Hunt Chase I think it took a year for him to get over it. I think he’s tailor made for the National. Once he’s got a weight for the National, he’ll probably be looked after for that because if there was one horse I think that was made for the race, it’s him.
He’s a really nice novice hurdler. He’s a second season novice this year and he’s a very good jumper. He chased home two horses of Nicky Henderson, Mister Cofey and then Shishkin at Newbury and then we gave him a run at Cheltenham and it just didn’t quite work out for him. I think he could be really quite dangerous in some soft ground. I think he’s a chaser for the future and quite an exciting prospect.
We always thought a lot of Your Darling before he ran and he’s really quite a classy animal. He shows a lot of speed at home. He won a good bumper at Newbury and did it very nicely, he looked the real deal. Unfortunately, he wasn’t right when we took him to Warwick. He ran at Huntingdon and ran well finishing third and a step up in trip to 2m4f will be in order. I think he’s a horse that will be very highly thought of by the end of the season and he should have some spring targets as well.
Bowtogreatness is an unraced horse from Ireland who is big, scopey and has a fabulous way of going. Every piece of work you put him in at the moment he seems to just come through in an uncomplicated way, he’s not overly keen, he just goes through the motions and does the job in hand. I imagine he will stay in bumpers this season but he’s certainly as nice a youngster as I’ve had for a long time.
He won a novice at Ascot first time out last season over 2m4f. He either wants very wet ground or decent ground - he’s not a big horse so he doesn’t handle tacky ground very well. He’s a horse that will probably remain in handicap hurdles this season and a stiff 2m5f or even 3m will be right up his street. He could be quite a progressive novice from last season.
Nadaitak won the Grade 2 3m novice hurdle at Doncaster two years ago. He then went to run in some pretty stiff handicaps at the Festival and Aintree as a novice and wasn’t quite streetwise enough. He stays forever and is a big rangy horse who could be quite smart over a staying trip and a fence. I’m not saying he’s a guaranteed RSA horse but he could be ideal for something like the National Hunt Chase.
Severance is a horse that has come to us recently from Mick Channon’s, owned by the Megsons - we train all their jumpers. He’s a very decent handicapper on the Flat and is a 4yo who will go novice hurdling. He has a tendency to be a little bit keen but he’s obviously got a lot of ability and jumps really well. We’ll probably start off small but could end up in some of the better races in the spring.