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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Paul Barber – Paul Nicholls Racing


Soar racing misplaced one among its best supporters with the demise of my good friend and landlord Paul Barber on Sunday morning on the age of 80.

Everybody concerned with Workforce Ditcheat is feeling his loss deeply as a result of day-to-day he took such an curiosity in all the pieces that occurred within the yard, on the gallops and on the racecourse.
He beloved racing with a fierce ardour, loved loads of success on the highest stage and is warmly remembered as a person who helped give so many kids a good begin in life.
Paul had a large affect on my profession from the day he selected me from a dozen candidates to coach at his stables under his farmhouse in Ditcheat. From the second Paul gave me the keys to his yard and gallops in October 1991 he backed me to the hilt. What started as a enterprise association swiftly developed right into a friendship that grew stronger with the years.
He instantly promised to purchase me two horses on the subsequent Doncaster gross sales and generously added that he would delay my first fee of hire for six months to assist me .
See Extra Indians, an enormous, scopey kind, was the primary horse I purchased at public public sale. As we each preferred him Paul mentioned get on and purchase him.
It turned out that we struck fortunate with See Extra Indians who was my first actually good horse, shortly developed into an aesthetic chaser, and ran up a sequence of wins together with the Grade 1 Feltham Chase my first Grade 1 winner and the Jim Ford Chase at Wincanton.
We felt he was heading to the highest and it was a tragedy that we misplaced him that summer time in a freak accident whereas turned out within the cider orchard beside Paul’s house.
It took us some time to recover from that day as I feel deep down we each felt our probability of successful a Gold Cup had gone ceaselessly.
Paul had this lengthy held dream that he want to milk 1,000 cows and personal a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner. I’m so proud that in time I used to be in a position to prepare him two Gold Cup winners, See Extra Enterprise and Denman and by then, in fact, he was milking greater than 2,000 cows.
Over the previous couple of years he was milking 3,000 cows and we have been attempting so onerous to provide you with a 3rd Gold Cup winner. We hoped Clan Des Obeaux could be the one however he wasn’t suited by Cheltenham and whereas we had excessive hopes of the RSA winner Topofthegame he was so onerous to maintain sound.
Paul Barber was clever past his years within the methods and rhythms of the countryside and fearless in his enterprise dealings as he developed and grew the household’s dairy enterprise in Ditcheat.
From the beginning he took me underneath his wing and in some methods handled me like one among his sons. I actually noticed him as one thing of a father determine. He taught me a lot about working a enterprise, particularly within the early years.
Having him round once I wanted recommendation was an enormous plus. His benchmark was at all times pay and be paid. That was nearly the most effective tip Paul ever gave me. He at all times maintained any choice was higher than no choice and warned me in regards to the pitfalls of proudly owning too many horses myself. ” Dont have your lodge filled with your individual household ” was one other!
One other of his favorite sayings was ‘Delegate my boy. Delegate’.
Wanting again now I realise how fortunate I used to be to have such an astute businessman at my facet to go on sound recommendation from the second I began coaching.
I’ve been fortunate actually that I’ve had two dads. Brian, my father, and Paul who’ve each performed equally vital roles in my life.
Proudly owning racehorses gave Paul a launch from working such a profitable enterprise. He beloved his horses who have been stabled lower than 100 yards from his home and most evenings he would wander right down to the yard to see them.
I do know he obtained huge pleasure from that each day routine and sometimes he would be part of Clifford Baker and myself as we walked spherical night stables.
We loved so many nice days collectively and even when his well being was failing over the past six months he insisted on going racing to look at a few of his greatest prospects. I’m so happy that he was at Sandown on the ultimate day of the season late in April to cheer his a number of winner Knappers Hill to victory the final day he went racing .
Each huge day he shared with me, each huge winner he shared with me as if it was his personal. He deserved all of the success he had as a result of he was such an incredible fanatic and put a lot into racing and life .
My life won’t be the identical with out Paul Barber. I owe him greater than I can ever say. Thanks Paul for giving me the possibility . RIP

The funeral for Mr Paul Barber will probably be held at St Mary’s Church, Ditcheat, Somerset on Wednesday 5th July 2023 at 2pm.

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