MICHAEL BELL had to put the champagne on hold when his beloved Manchester City failed to deliver the killer punch against arch rivals Manchester United at the weekend but he will be once again searching for major Trophy’s of his own during the ongoing turf Flat season.
The Fitzroy House was able to hoist the Gold Cup at Ascot when Big Orange hit the back of the net with a short head defeat of Order Of St George and his highly respectable total of 53 winners on the domestic front left him just short of a £1million in prize money in 2017.
Bell has several stalwarts like Big Orange and Fabricate to draw upon once more but, like any self respecting Premiership manager, he will be looking to some of the young bloods to keep his name up in lights in the next few seasons and he has a particularly interesting hand in the two-year-old division this time around.
Bell said: “We had a good year in 2017 and it was a good solid season but when you win the Ascot Gold Cup it is worth 20 winners to you as for the next two months people come up to you and say well done.”
“We probably have our biggest bunch of two-year-old I have ever had and that bodes well for the future. If you are laying foundations that is very encouraging as you can see two or three years ahead. It is an ongoing process and training flat horses is like being a doorman at hotel on the revolving door - you can see who is coming in and out and some stay longer than others.”
With the season proper about to kick off, Bell kindly spokes to Tony Elves of ATR about his main hopes.