It is very seldom that people can say they are honestly living the dream and clichéd as it may sound, I am lucky enough to be one of those people. From the age of six, I started to develop an infatuation with the magical combination of intense competition and nature at its magisterial best.
Charlie Fellowes is a multiple Royal Ascot-winning trainer based in the historic racing town of Newmarket. Since taking out a trainer’s license in 2014, Charlie has consistently been sending out winners and his roll of honour includes valuable triumphs in the UK, France, Dubai and Australia.
Having shown an interest in racing from an early age, Charlie was adamant to pursue a career as a trainer and after working for some of the biggest names in the industry including James Fanshawe, Nicky Henderson and Australian-based Lee Freedman, he was granted a license. He began training, first at Saffron House Stables on the Hamilton Road, before moving to St Gatien Stables.
Due to the growing size of the business, in 2019 Charlie moved his operation to Bedford House Stables on the Bury Road and has enjoyed enormous success since moving to the historic yard.
Charlie’s team comes into 2022 off the back of yet another record-breaking year, which saw him better his previous seasons number of winners for the fourth consecutive year, ending 2021 with 41 victories and £621,595 in prize-money, the most he has achieved in a season.
The 2021 season was also memorable one for the team at Bedford House Stables, with Eve Lodge’s win in the Group 3 Sirenia Stakes at Kempton handing Charlie his first domestic Group 3 victory, adding to Prince Of Arran’s pair of Australian Group 3 triumphs in the 2018 Lexus Stakes and 2019 Geelong Cup win.
Charlie signed off the 2021 season with yet another big victory when the talented Vadream added valuable black type to her record in the Group 3 Bengough Stakes at Ascot, a much-deserved win with the filly having performed admirably in a number of stakes races earlier in the year, including a third place finish in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Royal Ascot has always been a happy hunting ground for Charlie. In 2019 he sent out his first winner at the five-day meeting when Thanks Be landed the Sandringham Handicap. The following year he enjoyed a double at the Berkshire track, when ultra-talented mare Onassis handed him a second consecutive victory in the Sandringham and later on in the week the consistent Cheifofchiefs added to the tally with a triumph in the Silver Wokingham.
With a stable brimming with talent, both old and new, the team at Bedford House Stables are looking forward to another exciting season on the track.