FEARBY does it again and snatches the Dragon Stakes LISTED RACE.
Northern trainers have been doing noticeably well at the southern meetings in previous weeks, with Subjectivist winning the Gold Cup for Mark Johnston, Perfect Power for Richard Fahey in the Norfolk Stakes and now Ed Bethell joining in the fun in the shape of Fearby, who gave Ed his first black type winner as a trainer when he won the listed Dragon Stakes at Sandown, demolishing a quality field by 5 lengths in a quick time and earning himself a Timeform rating of 110 in the process, which quite astoundingly puts him above any 2YO winner at Royal Ascot last week and he could now go anywhere, as was stated by his delighted trainer, from the Molecomb at Glorious Goodwood, to the Gimcrack at York’s Ebor meeting and even the Middle Park Stakes, who knows?
While what Fearby has achieved is certainly spectacular, the factor that makes him quite so special to us at Thorngill is what he represents. He races for the Clarendon Racing Syndicate, which was first set up by James and Sally in 1998 as an inexpensive way of allowing people into racehorse ownership, and Fearby was purchased by Ed personally at Tattersalls Book 3 for £21,000. Since the minimum buy into each syndicate is 10%, each owner gets an authentic experience into Racehorse ownership and now, thanks to the vision of the Bethells and the Thorngill Team, regular people who wouldn’t normally have the means to own racehorses will be sipping Champagne in the owners bars at the top meetings with one of the UK’s highest rated 2YO’s ready to give them the thrill of their lives, and it’s not as if Fearby is a one-off. Just last week Grantley, also owned by a Clarendon Syndicate, finished a gallant second in a Haydock handicap to John Gosden’s regally bred Side Shot, and the previous month he had won the feature Cock of the North Handicap at Ripon taking on many top-level trainers in the process. There are also others horses such as Idoapologise and Mudawwan who have both achieved results consistently for their respective syndicates, resulting in a runner to form rating of 58% for Clarendon Racing, not even Highclere Thoroughbred Racing can match that! So, while Fearby proves that Clarendon Racing could take you anywhere, all the others show the consistent and prolonged excitement of being part of a Clarendon syndicate and absolutely anyone who wishes to become involved should get in touch!
While it’s very easy to get lost in Fearby’s brilliant performance, we can’t neglect the rest of the yard who are motoring along. Moss Gill, who now has a fight on to retain his title of ‘stable star,’ heads to the listed City Walls Stakes at York on July 10th, a race he won last year, while his ultimate goal remains the Group 1 Nunthorpe in which he looks to turn last year’s placing into a victory. There are also two 2YO debutants upcoming imminently, with Roundacre, a cheeky daughter of Garswood and Exminster, an imposing son of Ribchester, both burning up the gallops at home and ready to give a very good account of themselves. Then the quiet achiever Artistic Rifles, in the midst of his best ever campaign that has already yielded two victories, goes for The Golden Mile at Glorious Goodwood and on current form you’d be mad to rule him out.
With so much going on, it would be easy to forget just how good the season has been so far this year for the Thorngill Team. Ed’s winner to runners rating is 14.6%, puts him above many top-class trainers such as Richard Hannon, Charlie Fellows and David O’Meara to name but a few, and his RTF rating is a staggering 50.7%, which is higher than any other first season trainer in the country! To be among such esteemed company so early in Ed’s training career is almost mind-boggling, and to quote Fearby’s rather well-oiled Trainer on friday night after his success, “This is just the beginning!”
– written by Arthur Dobell