Newmarket trainers George Scott and Charlie Fellowes extend their rivalry beyond the racecourse with a twice a month podcast. ‘George and Charlie Off The Bridle’ is a mix of heavyweight opinion and racing banter. Happily they often have a special guest to help keep the peace. Plus, they have sports journalist and co-host Tony Rushmer ensuring that tempers don’t boil over (most of the time). Partnered by our good friends @Fitzdares.
‘George and Charlie Off The Bridle’ is produced by Carl Homer of Cambridge TV and hosted by the Kings Head, Dullingham.
S3E1 - We're Back... with James Fanshawe
We’re delighted that James Fanshawe joins us for the start of Series 3. James, of course, was Charlie’s boss for five years and we hear about those times at Pegasus Stables where James has trained so many top-class horses, including under National Hunt rules. James proves to be a hugely entertaining – and modest – guest. He tells us about his latest adventure, having a first Breeders’ Cup runner, and winner, with Audarya. “For me, to come down after Audarya, took a while,’ he tells us. Basically, it’s a brilliant chat and we’re very grateful to James for giving up his time to join us, socially-distanced, outside in George’s covered ride on a cold April evening.
There’s loads more to enjoy in the episode. George and Polly have had twins over the winter – plus both of our trainers have been having winners in the early weeks of the Turf season (as George is keen to tell us!).
Series 3 is off to a flying start!
S2E9 - So that was 2020...
In our final episode of 2020, George and Charlie reflect on a very different kind of year. The two Newmarket trainers and their friend Tony Rushmer look back on a challenging season, but pick out some highlights and memorable moments from within it. They also identify some all-weather horses to follow and the two-year-olds that are fuelling their dreams for 2021.
We also have a fun guest in Will Woodhams, chief exec at our friends Fitzdares. In an entertaining chat, Will shares his racing passion and reveals a little bit of an exclusive (could the podcast be the source of breaking news when it comes to a possible major-race sponsorship? We’ll let you decide!).
All the best folks – have a great Christmas and we’re planning to be back in the spring...
S2E8 - Melbourne Cup, the equine Charlie Fellowes... and a new podcast syndicate
Can’t believe how much we’ve crammed into just under half an hour in our latest episode. Of course, we preview Charlie’s Melbourne Cup runner Prince of Arran and we also focus on his equine namesake, who has been flying the flag for the podcast syndicate and George, who remains in hot form at the track. Talking of the podcast syndicate, there’s now a new one for listeners to hear all about in Episode 8. The lads reflect on the recent sales season too – and give their thoughts on the big two-year-old races staged in October. It’s a typically breezy whirlwind tour of the lads’ racing month... hope you enjoy it!
S2E7 - Donny, the sales and the virtual Henry Cecil Open weekend*
George and Charlie look forward to high-profile assignments for their horses at Doncaster’s Leger Festival. They also give an insight into the yearling sales, plus find out why Scott and Fellowes have just done racing’s equivalent of MTV Cribs!
* This episode was recorded on Sept 8th before the latest COVID restrictions were announced.
S2E6 - Shooting the breeze with Weaver
Classic-winning jockey turned broadcaster Jason Weaver makes for a superb interview in an episode in which we are also joined by York Racecourse boss William Derby. Jason shares his fascinating story in which he switched from being a budding teenage scrum-half in Wales to a star of the saddle. He reflects on a fine career as a jockey, including offering insights on two of his former bosses Luca Cumani and Mark Johnston. Jason also speaks with candour about his second career as a racing presenter and pundit for ITV Racing and Sky Sports Racing.
In the week of the Ebor Festival, William Derby joins us to talk about how York Racecourse has been facing the challenges of racing behind closed doors. Fellowes and Scott also outline how they’re back in five-a-side football action, plus there’s promising news about the Off The Bridle Podcast Syndicate horses.
S2E5 - Straight talking with Mark Johnston
Record-breaking trainer Mark Johnston is our very special guest in the latest episode. In a great chat, he takes us inside the mighty organisation and family business that is Johnston Racing. We hear the story of how he came upon the firm’s famous ‘Always Trying’ motto – and also find out which race DVD he’d take to a desert island (he recently appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs and revealed he’d be listening to Fleetwood Mac, while peering at passing boats through a pair of trusty binoculars!). Fittingly, for a man who has sent out 84 Glorious Goodwood winners, there’s plenty of chat about next week’s meeting. George is looking forward to sending a handy-looking team to the Downs, while also in this episode Charlie gets a bit hot under the collar about his beloved Nottingham Forest.
Amusing and informative
Just found this podcast and really enjoyed listening to every episode. I live in Newmarket, love my racing but don’t work in it and listening to this has been entertaining and informative at the same time.
How refreshing !
Shout out to you guys. Great to hear what’s going on in racing in a new medium. I will follow this podcast avidly and news about your horses. Good luck for a wonderful season
Great episode with Ed, the start of a big conversation I hope
George and Charlie- Off the bridal
So enjoyable.... you can feel the fun, knowledge and love they have doing this together. Also great guests especially The Head Turner 😜 ....
Keep it going guys