Ed Bethell

Edward has set off his training career in earnest and heads into his fourth year in 2024 after having made a strong presence within racing, this has come from determination, skill, and focus. The past three years after having taken over the trainer’s license from his Father James in 2021 have gone from strength to strength; having started with 19 horses in his first season to have now achieved Listed & Group one wins with a strong team of horses that is growing, and an equally ambitious team is a blend for success for this season and the future.

Not only has Ed grown the yard significantly over the past three years but he has also been very successful with horses at all levels, from Coverdale to winning four handicap races on the bounce to Regional winning three out of his four runs with one of them being a Group 1 win in 2023! Ed had his first Royal Ascot placing last year to come 4th and he will be looking to build and better this result this year. Bethell Racing has amassed over 1.8 million pounds in prize money worldwide over the past three years.
Ed has achieved a huge amount in a short space of time but there would never be any doubt of this being the case with the ambition and determination he has and it is infectious to be around when you meet him and to work alongside him.

Having grown up at Thorngill Stables the home to Bethell Racing based just outside Middleham which is the renowned racing centre in North Yorkshire, Ed knows the stables and the gallops inside out which plays a huge part in the training of the horses.

Before Ed started training, he gained over ten years of experience having worked for several household names, not only did Ed work for top trainers across the world, but he also worked for top Bloodstock agents such as James Delahooke & Alister Donald which has played a huge part in Ed’s career when buying his youngstock for the future.
Ed has worked for some exceptional trainers such a William Haggas, Gai Waterhouse, Charlie Hills, Robert Cowell, and also worked at Coolmoore in Ireland just to name a few.
Ed also gained a huge amount of experience from his father, James who trained for 46 years. Ed not only watched and learned the way his father trained but he also had the opportunity to be his assistant trainer before taking over the license.

Ed understands the importance of excellent communication with owners and the increasingly vital role of digital technology in horseracing. He is determined to build on the achievements of his father and to build a successful yard of horses to compete with the very best in the sport.

James’s retirement presented Edward with an opportunity to make his own mark in a sport he has loved since childhood.

Bethell Racing

2023 Career Highlights

REGIONAL Betfair Sprint Cup Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series), Haydock
REGIONAL Sky Bet Achillies Stakes (Listed), Haydock
REGIONAL Lindum York Handicap, York
OVIEDO Racing TV Zetland Gold Cup Handiap, Redcar
CHILLINGHAM 4th Copper Horse Handicap, Royal Ascot
COVERDALE Winning four races on the bounce

2022 Career Highlights

OVIEDO 3rd Acomb Stakes (Group 3), Goodwood
EDIKOS 3rd Grix Prix de Fontainebleau (Listed), Fontainebleau

2021 Career Highlights

FEARBY Coral Dragon Stakes (Listed), Sandown
FEARBY 2nd Markel Molecombe Stakes (Group 3), Goodwood
FEARBY 3rd Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (Group 2), Newbury
MOSS GILL 2nd Betway Achilles Stakes (Listed), Haydock
MOSS GILL 2nd Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes (Group 3), Newbury
ARTISTIC RIFLES Almada Mile Handicap (Class 2), Hamilton
ARTISTIC RIFLES Betfair Double Daily Rewards Superior Mile Stakes (Group 3), Haydock
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