There was never really any doubt that Edward Bethell would find his true calling in the world of horseracing, having grown up around thoroughbreds at his family’s Thorngill Stables at Coverham in Middleham, the renowned racing centre in North Yorkshire.
An accomplished rider and horseman – hopes of a career as a jockey were dashed due to his 6ft 4in frame – Edward set out on a path to follow his father James into the training ranks by amassing as much experience as possible with some of the biggest names in the sport.
Upon leaving Stowe School, where he gained three A-Levels, Edward began his work experience with bloodstock agent James Delahooke, the man who unearthed champion Dancing Brave for Prince Khalid Abdullah. He then spent several months under the tutelage of Newmarket maestro William Haggas, whose string at the time included top-class duo Mukhadram and Dancing Rain.
Following a stint as pupil assistant to his father at Thorngill, where his duties ranged from riding work on the gallops to making entries and looking after owners at the races, Edward began an internship at US auction house Fasig-Tipton, gaining a superb insight into bloodstock sales. He also worked as a stud groom at the famed Coolmore Stud in Ireland, handling some of the world’s top broodmares.
A pupil assistant role with Australian legend Gai Waterhouse saw Edward enjoy seven months down under. He assisted with the breaking in of yearlings, rode track work on some of the best horses in the yard, saddled runners at the races, and helped with all aspects of office work, from race planning to writing blogs for the trainer’s website.
In April 2016, Edward became assistant trainer to Charlie Hills in Lambourn, working with a number of high-class performers including outstanding sprinter Battaash. From there he went to work for Francois Rohaut in France, helping to manage a stable of 120 horses, riding out, travelling horses to the races and writing monthly horse reports. More recently Edward has acted as assistant trainer to Robert Cowell just outside of Newmarket.
Edward understands the importance of excellent communication with owners and the increasingly vital role of digital technology and social media in horseracing. He is determined to build on the achievements of his father, who trained for 46 years and won plenty of good races with inexpensive horses.
James’s retirement has presented Edward with an opportunity to make his own mark in a sport he has loved since childhood.
A new chapter for Bethell Racing starts now.
A great year for us:
Winning the Zetland Gold Cup with Briardale,
A Glorious Goodwood winner, Truth Or Dare,
Our two year olds also flew the flag for us with Ulshaw Bridge winning at York.
The 2 year olds have stood out once again – with Hesslewood winning the £25,000 Book 1 Bonus at York.
Consistent runs from Ulshaw Bridge, and multiple wins from Portledge and Cale Lane.
The sales have also proved successful with Adjourned making 110,000GNS
Briardale, Mine, Strawberry Dale, Hunters of Brora, Rich Ground, Penhill, Ulshaw Bridge, Chrinquita and New Society.