Weather woe for Barters Hill

Ben Pauling has entered his stable star Barters Hill at Wetherby and Huntingdon this weekend but expects to end up frustrated again.

Barters Hill will wait a little longer for his chase bow

The Grade One-winning hurdler had been intended to start his new career over fences at Bangor on Tuesday but the ground was deemed too quick.

Unfortunately for Pauling, that also looks likely to be the case this weekend, with no notable rain forecast at either of the tracks at which there are suitable races.

"We've put him in at Wetherby and Huntingdon, as they were the first two that he could run in," said Pauling.

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"I'd favour Huntingdon over Wetherby at this stage, because the Wetherby race is over three miles and I'd rather not go that far at this stage of the season.

"It looks unlikely to be soft enough, at this stage, at either track unfortunately, the rain that is forecast is south of both of those."

He added: "It's a case of just entering him in the races he can run in and hope we get some rain.

"There's a race at Cheltenham's November meeting and a Grade Two at Newbury's Hennessy meeting, but ideally I'd like a run before either of those.

"It's getting ridiculous now. We are getting towards November and tracks are having firm in the description."

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