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James Bethell - Stable Tour

Name: James Bethell


Training Location Middleham

Single/dual license? Dual license

How long have you held a license? 40 years

Training Facilities, including how many in the team

Polytrack gallop 7F

1m 4F Carpet gallop

Extensive grass gallops

Number of horses in training/capacity 35

What is your background/introduction to racing?

Started in racing at 16 for Bruce Hobbs, then went on to be Assistant to Arthur Budgett during the years of Derby winner Morston and many others great horses.

Favourite horses either currently in training, you’ve previously trained or seen in your lifetime

Mine. To win 3 Bunbury Cups. A Royal Hunt Cup, Victoria Cup and the John O’Gaunt Stakes, you wouldn’t get many like him!

Which jockeys do you regularly use?

PJ McDonald, Danny Tudhope, Paul Hanagan and Kevin Stott

Three horses to follow this season and why?

Moss Gill – most courses across the country, hopefully York!

5f-6F Pattern company hopefully


York, most courses around Yorkshire

1 Mile -1m2f

Hopefully between 75-90


Most courses in Yorkshire, she is a beautiful mover


80+ hopefully

Favourite Yorkshire course and why

York, it holds the best racing, we have been lucky there over the years and the owners and trainers’ lunches are always to a very high standard

Anything else of note e.g. records held, funny stories, memorable raceways, first winner etc.

Fossgate who is the winning most horse of one particular reace (fice wins in the 12 furlong handicap at Ripons early August meeting from 2006 to 2012

Four timer at the beginning of All-weather racing at Lingfield Park