Although being a first-season trainer involves plenty of looking forward, we’d be mad to not review the flying start we’ve made at Thorngill Stables since Ed took over from James this year. In April alone a 40% strike rate from 15 runners was achieved, including a Lazarus-like return to form from yard stalwart Briardale, who struck twice in the space of 4 days after nearly 2 years off the track. Then the ever-improving Artistic Rifles prevailed in the Spring Cup at Doncaster, posting at the age of 5 the best run of his career, then doubling up himself at Ripon two weeks later, before Ed claimed his first (hopefully of many) treble on the 15th. All this points to a yard of healthy, happy horses and why should the momentum stop now? Next week we return to what has historically been a notoriously happy hunting ground for the Bethell’s in the Dante Festival at the local track of York where we have two excellent chances, with the hat-trick seeking Artistic Rifles in the Hambleton Handicap, and also the talented Idoapologise who has been working beautifully at home. Stable star and last year’s Nunthorpe third Moss Gill will make his return in the Betway Achilles Stakes (Class 1) (Listed Race) on the 29th, with another crack at the Nunthorpe being his main goal and somehow, he seems to be getting faster! Not to mention there are still the yards hugely exciting 2yo’s ready to hit the track in the coming weeks, including Chicanery (an Acclaim filly owned by Paul Jacobs), Young Winston (a Churchill colt owned by Moss Gill’s owner Geoffrey Van Cutsem) as well as new recruits such as Emily Post, sent by the Hot To Trot Syndicate and Skye Breeze, a stunning Pride Of Dubai colt purchased from the Guineas Breeze Up sale for 58,000 Guineas who, after only being in the yard a week, has the whole Bethell Racing Team fawning over him! In short, although Ed couldn’t have dreamed of a better start to his training career, the best is undoubtedly yet to come!