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
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