Richard Fahey is one of Britain’s most prolific trainers – enjoying more than 2500 winners.
Not bad for a former jockey who failed to hit the heights on the Flat or over fences. “I wasn’t good enough, so I gave it up before it gave me up,” he says.
Convinced by friends to give training a shot, he started out in 1993 with a handful of horses. He now has plenty more and makes it pay.
Since 2008, he has never failed to train less than 113 winners in a year. He chalked up a dazzling 235 in 2015 – equalling the record set by Richard Hannon Sr. It has since been beaten by Mark Johnston.
Wootton Bassett gave him his first Group 1 win in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere on Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe day in Paris in 2010 and his long-time No 1 rider at that time, Paul Hanagan, completed the season by being crowned champion jockey, a feat he repeated in 2011.
In 2012, Fahey enjoyed a first domestic Group 1 success – and QIPCO British Champions Series victory – when Mayson ran way with the Darley July Cup at Newmarket. The following year he gained a second Series victory when Glen’s Diamond won the QIPCO Yorkshire Cup, having finished runner-up in the race the previous year.
The best horse he has trained, by his own admission, has been Ribchester, pictured above.
In 2016, he was placed in three Champions Series races – the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, Qatar Sussex Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes – before winning in Group 1 company in France. The following year the Godolphin colt was an emphatic all-the way-winner of the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury before following up in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.
He also won the Qatar Prix du Moulin before finishing runner-up in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day.
Fahey got a taste of Champions Day glory in 2018 when Sands Of Mali won the Sprint.