Richard Fahey has built his training career on the back of a successful stint as a jockey. Although refreshingly self-deprecating about his riding abilities, he chalked-up just over 100 winners, under both codes, in ten years in the saddle, the highlight of which was sharing the conditional jockeys’ title.
Remarkably, in just over 20 years, Richard has gone from being an enthusiastic recruit, starting out with just a handful of horses, to becoming one of the country’s major players with some 200 horses on his books and a career tally of domestic winners which went through the 2,000-mark in 2015.
Richard’s plan was to make Musley Bank one of the best training facilities in the country and in the past few years this has been realised. The yard not only has incredible facilities but a way of working that breeds success. Last season he sent out 198 winners, won over £3m in prize money and had Group 1, 2 and 3 success. In 2015 he equalled the record of 235 winners in a calendar year but Richard always wants more.
"We’ll continue to work hard, have more group winners and more importantly make sure our horses are well looked after and our owners satisfied" he says. “Owners are the lifeblood of this game,” he says. “Training decent horses for people, who are as enthusiastic and passionate as I am about racing, is what racing is all about, as far as I’m concerned. Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing owners have winners, which is why I do everything in my power to make that happen.”
This is why we have placed numerous horses with Richard since 2009. He trained Sandiva to win at Listed level for us on only her second start-she was quickly acknowledged as being a star performer, so much so, that our owners were instantly offered a large sum for her, which was swiftly accepted. Donjuan Triumphant has been another star performer from our partnership; he completed a hat-trick of wins in France when capturing the Group 2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte. He had won the Listed Rockingham Stakes at York prior to this fantastic win and was sold privately in 2016 thanks to another offer his owners couldn't resist!
We have placed 5 yearlings with Richard to race in 2018 and considering the superb season he has had this year with Ribchester alone, we feel they are in safe hands under his expert care.