The UK is on lockdown but for us here at Bethell Racing it is very much business as usual with the horses all still being exercised and ridden. The annoying thing is the horses have all started to come to themselves, they truly look magnificent and they are extremely fresh when out exercising. We have reduced the workload slightly with the horses, they are not all galloping every week, they are just cantering. We are all extremely excited about the season when it gets going again, we have a few horses that are very exciting in particular. We are lucky that we have a great team of staff working very hard and keeping to the guidelines and taking every precaution they can!
Moss Gill, won first up this year in a conditions event, his mark rose to 105, he looks a horse destined for pattern races and if racing goes ahead the first weekend in May he will be aimed at the Palace House Stakes (Group 3) over 5F, that will be his first initial target after the lockdown is lifted and if he was to fare well at Newmarket, an entry in Group 1’s would be next.
Ulshaw Bridge has really started to come to himself this spring and he has strengthened up; he is moving really well, and we are hopeful when racing resumes, he may be able to show everyone what he is capable of this year!
Dawaaween, she is a new import this year and her first couple of pieces of work have been very good and she certainly looks as if she could easily be ahead of the handicapper!
Well Funded, has wintered very well and she has grown and really filled out over the winter and her first pieces of work have been encouraging and hopefully she will be ready for when racing resumes.
Hesslewood, is another horse that has done very well physically over the winter, he looks tremendous at the moment and it is annoying that racing has stopped because he looks wonderful and his training has been fantastic this spring, but he will be ready for when racing resumes.