Richard Fahey is one of the Britain’s prolific trainers – enjoying almost 1100 winners since 2010.
He had a magical 2010, notching up 181 winners and scooping more than £2 million in prize money.
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 and his No 1 rider at that time, Paul Hanagan, completed the season by being crowned champion jockey, a feat he repeated in 2011.
Fahey was himself a jockey, riding more than 100 winners on the Flat and 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!
In 2012, he enjoyed a first domestic Group 1 success when Mayson took the Group 1 Darley July Cup at Newmarket, race four in the sprinting division of the QIPCO British Champions Series.
He started 2013 with a second Series victory when Glen’s Diamond won the QIPCO Yorkshire Cup, having finished runner-up in the race the previous year.
There were pleasant surprises in 2015. Eastern Impact was third in the Darley July Cup behind Muhaarar and Tropics, when 50-1, while Gabrial twice made the frame in QIPCO British Champions Series races at similarly big prices.
In 2016, Ribchester emerged on the scene for him and was placed in three Champions Series races – the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, Qatar Sussex Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. The colt also woin in Group 1 company in France.
Ribchester began 2017 with a good third in Dubai and then 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.
Fahey has acclaimed him as the best horse he has ever trained.