12th March – 15th March 2019
The cream of National Hunt racing goes head to head at the most prestigious meeting of the season, The Cheltenham Festival in the second week of March, and will be accompanied by huge crowds of racegoers bedecked in all manner of silk, fur and feather. It is a terrific spectacle, and a punter’s rollercoaster.
Ben Pauling, sponsored by Butler Sherborn, is looking forward to an exciting Festival with six horses entered to run over the four day meeting.
GLOBAL CITIZEN - This smart bay gelding has already had a great season with two wins, including the Grade 2 Champion Hurdle at Haydock. He will run in the Grade 1 Unibet Champion Hurdle on the opening day, Tuesday, of the Festival. Global is a lively outsider for the race and the very strong gallop, always set in the Champion Hurdle, should suit him well.
LE BREUIL – This very consistent gelding, jumps for fun and is a horse worth following whatever race he runs in at The Festival. He is entered in the 4m National Hunt Chase and Ultima Handicap Chase, on the Tuesday, and The Kim Muir Handicap Chase, on the Thursday. A decision will be made closer to the date as to which race he will run, but he has some very good form in the book around Cheltenham, and his jumping will ensure he has a great chance of running well, in whatever race he runs.
DELIRE D’ESTRUVAL – This attractive French bred horse is entered in The Close Brothers Novice Handicap Chase on the opening day of the meeting, Tuesday. Delire ran really well to secure a win over fences first time out this season, followed by two slightly lack lustre performances, before finishing second last time out on a tight track, over 2 miles. He may struggle to get a run off his handicap mark. If he does not get in, he may well then run in The Silver Trophy, Kempton on the Saturday after The Festival, which is a consolation race for horses that miss out on a Cheltenham run.
BRIGHT FORECAST – This gorgeous horse has done little wrong all season. He won his first two starts, and was just touched off, to come second by only 2 lengths, in the Supreme Novice Trial at Haydock. He is set to run in the Grade 1 Ballymore Novice Hurdle over 2m 5f. This distance will suit him a great deal better than the 2 miles, over which he has been running to date this season. Ben thinks a great deal of this horse, and he could be a very exciting each way bet. He will be a fabulous chaser next season.
KILDISART – This exceptionally good- looking horse has been in excellent form this season, winning twice, including last time out at Cheltenham, and finishing a gallant second, beaten by a head in his only other start. He has ruled himself out of the handicaps by running too well, and will take his chance in the Grade 1 JLT Novice Chase over 2m 5f. Kildisart is improving all the time, and is in fabulous form at home. He has a very good chance and is currently at 8/1. Ben is excited to watch his performance as he steps up the Grade here, as he firmly believes that the better the race, the better this horse will run.
NADAITAK – This lovely, imposing horse is another who is on great form at home, and has improved all season. His jumping has come on a great deal, and he looked better than ever when winning the Grade 2 River Don by a wide margin last time out. He may by pass The Festival for Aintree, but if the ground is on the lively side by the Friday of Festival week, he could take his chance in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett. He stays all day, but may be a little ungainly to handle Cheltenham at this stage of his career.
Butler Sherborn wishes Ben Pauling Racing the very best of luck for a successful and safe Festival.