May so far…
It could be argued that we’ve had a frustrating start to May so far, with only a few runners due to the unseasonable softness of the ground, but Gainsbourg’s fantastic third at Nottingham on Thursday at odds of 40-1 is a sign of things to come, both for him and for the Bethell racing team.
It is also easy to forget, given the well-publicised success of the yard, that we are yet to send out almost half of the horses in the Bethell Racing string. However, Ed is looking to move the yard into fifth gear with no less than 9 entries for the next week. These include the treble seeking Blu Boy at our local track of York on Saturday, who will bring his ever-faithful groom Jodie Matthews with him. Since the dynamic duo has started going racing together, Blu Boy has been unbeaten and although this may be his hardest test yet, with his lucky charm in his toe his confidence is sky-high! We then have two on Tuesday night at Newcastle, the track in which Ed possesses his highest winner for runner ratio. They are Fearby, our first 2yo runner of the year whose latest piece of work left his trainer dreaming of Royal Ascot, and another hat-trick seeker in Briardale. His regular rider Liam Reeves, whose magnetic personality you may remember from an interview with Matt Chapman after Artistic Rifles won the Spring Mile at Doncaster, claims the horse is in wonderful shape, an exciting prospect indeed as he was once rated over 100! While we are talking about magnetic personalities, it must be mentioned that the latest episode of This Racing Life features a visit to Thorngill, and an interview with Ed about his past successes and future ambitions for his training career. It was an absolute pleasure to have Niall Hannity and his team for the day, they’ve made a fantastic video and we thoroughly recommend watching it.
We’ve also welcomed a new face into the yard in Eidikos. She’s a gorgeous daughter of sire-on-fire Ardad and owned by St Albans Bloodstock, owners of Nymphadora who won a 2yo fillies listed during the Dante meeting and G1 winner I’m A Dreamer! She’s a stunning mover and we hope she can bring further glory to those famous colours.
Finally, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention St. Clement’s run at Redcar last Monday. St. Clements holds a special place in our hearts as he is homebred of Sallys and is stunningly good-looking, the editors of The Yorkshire Post certainly thought so as he ended up on the front page of the sports section! It was a wonderful learning experience for him and there will certainly be a success in his future. Certainly, given Ed’s strike rate of 20% winners from 40 runners, there’s a great success in our horse’s futures!
Written by Arthur Dobell