Charlie Fellowes is to live out a lifelong dream after announcing he is to join the mass training ranks in Newmarket later this year.
From October 1, the 27-year-old will take charge of 25 boxes at Saffron House Stables in Hamilton Road after deciding to bring to an end his five-year stint as assistant trainer to Newmarket handler James Fanshawe.
“I explained to James at the beginning of the year that it was likely that this year was to be my last as his assistant,” said Fellowes. “I have had five phenomenal years with James and the team at Pegasus Stables and I have loved every minute of it, but I now feel the time is right to move on.
“Ever since I have been about eight or nine years old, I have dreamed about training racehorses and I am really excited about this chance.”
Fellowes, who has also worked for Australian trainer Lee Freedman, hopes to be able to draw upon the examples set by several other of Newmarket’s newest trainers to have taken the leap of faith and moved from an assistant post to running their own yard.
“Hopefully I can follow in the footsteps of the likes of Ed Walker and Hugo Palmer,” said Fellowes.
“Hugo is having a fantastic season, while although Ed has taken time to adjust his new yard he finally seems to have worked it out and is firing in winners.
“If I can start how they did and get given a chance by owners along the way then hopefully I can make a good go at it.”
Although not yet having any horses under his care, Fellowes has already laid out some early targets he would like to meet within the first few weeks of setting out on his new venture.
“Getting in the yearlings will be great, but for a new trainer like me the Horses In Training sale in October will be a vital date for me,” said Fellowes.
“The most important thing will be to try get some runners on the board early and by getting some at the Horses In Training sale this should enable me to do this as they will be fit and ready to run.
“The aim would be to have five or six to run with on the all-weather over the winter with keeping one or two nice ones back for the new Flat season.”
“This is not an easy game to get into and the hardest part is getting your name out there, but if I can do that then hopefully things will snowball from there.”