Trainer Ben Pauling bowled over by Stokes
Ben Pauling is trusting the England World Cup-winning cricket star, after whom he called his winning debutant can be proven as gifted as by Stokes.
Even the equine Stokes failed his namesake thrilled when he led under David Bass on Sunday during his very first racecourse look, en route to some victory in the Storm at Wolverhampton at rewarding odds of 28-1.
Trainer and cricket enthusiast Pauling called the gelding in honour of Ben Stokes, immediately in last summer’s World Cup final against New Zealand at Lord’s.
After instant success on the track, Pauling is eager for the future together using the five-year-old – that carries the colors of his wife Sophie.
“We named him later Ben Stokes’ heroics in the World Cup final,” he said.
“We’re pleased to receive it it’s a excellent name – and he’s as good a horse as he’s a cricketer.”
Pauling plans to nurture Stokes’ ability, and won’t rush Califet’s well-bred son – out of a half-sister to hurdler Iktitaf.
According to Stokes’ highly-encouraging debut, he explained:”I’m chuffed to bits.
“He did it very well.
“He has been a horse that has taken time to come to hand. He is a big horse and we all could not have been more impressed with him.”
Stokes has recovered nicely and is very likely to run just once – .
“All appears fine today – which will be amazing,” added Pauling.
“In the moment, he’ll only be retained to bumpers this year. I can not see us moving hurdling but he’s a horse that’s got a reasonable bit of skill.
“We’ll get him out again before the end of the year – once more I should think and that’ll be it”