George Bewley Racing
After considering many trainers located across the North of England and Scotland, I decided that my preference was to be involved with an up and coming stable with potential and aspiration to improve their training facilities and their strike rate for owners.
I organised several stable visits and talked through my ideas and aspirations for the Martin Gray Racing Club. I decided I would only consider trainers who had an impressive all-weather gallop.
The Bewleys have installed a new six furlong poly fibre gallop and warm up loop in 2017. This is one of the finest gallops in the North.
The Bewley stable is a real family concern set in Colby in Cumbria outside of Appleby.....a lovely hillside setting for horses to be kept relaxed, happy and fresh which, having visited the stables I can assure you they are.
George like many trainers started out by riding and training Point to Point horses and if you ask him he will share his stories about his favourite horse Geordies Express. George’s son, Jonathon, is the assistant trainer and stable jockey, his daughter Victoria (an accountant) is the stable Racing Manager. George’s wife Lesley helps out in many areas and in her own quiet way keeps the wheels on track. Debbie Cockburn the Head Lass is an experienced work rider and has a lifetime of experience around horses, her brother Grant Cockburn is a very capable jockey under rules and is a work rider for the stable. The Bewley family all work very hard and are proving to be very skilled at breaking, pre training and being patient with the young horses. Most important of all they are proving adept at training winners with 14 wins and 33 placed finishes in the 2016/17 season.
We have already enjoyed impressive success with our past club race horses such as CHICAGO OUTFIT who completed his fifth straight handicap chase win at Hexham including one in a class 3 race. WHAT'S UP WOODY now retired, winnng four races and placing eleven times. WOODY finished third in both the Yorkshire and Highland nationals in 2015.The up and coming GRAYS CHOICE winning his bumper at AYR by 24 lengths and our first ever club horse ROMANY RYME winning at Carlisle and placing nine times. We have also had three well attended Martin Gray Racing Club open days and tasted the sweet champagne in the owners winners lounge no less than eleven times.......happy days!