Richard Fahey – Trainer Profile

Richard Fahey Trainer
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Circuit: UK and Ireland
Date of Birth:
County Tipperary, Ireland
UK and Ireland
Notable Horses:
Adelaide, Gleneagles, Found
Titles Awarded:
Champion Trainer (2007, 2008)
Biggest Wins:
  • Superior Premium: Cork & Orrery Stakes – June, 2000
  • Wootton Basset: Prix Jean Luc Lagardere – October, 2010
  • Mayson: Darley July Cup – July, 2010

About Richard Fahey

Richard Fahey’s rise to the top of the training tree is a triumph for hard work and dedication. The former Irish apprentice and conditional jockey having long since proven himself an outstanding judge of horses and a man capable of mixing it with the very best, not only in Britain, but on the international Flat racing scene as well.

The easy-going Yorkshire-based trainer started at the very bottom of the pile, taking out a dual jumps and flat licence back in 1993 and having just a handful of very moderate horses in his care. He sent out a total of 10 winners across his first three seasons, hardly setting the world alight and looking as though he would struggle to stay around too long in trying to make ends meet.

Fahey Rise to Fame with “Superior Premium”

Things began to improve though in 1996 with 11 winners, 25 the following year included a Grade 1 success at Punchestown with Noyan in the Heineken Gold Cup Chase. That highlight apart, Fahey appeared no more than a run-of-the-mill trainer generally making a living winning races at the smaller tracks, until his break into the bigtime in 2000 with Superior Premium, a horse who cost just 2800 guineas and won the Group 2 Cork & Orrery Stakes at Royal Ascot at odds of 20/1.

Between 2003 & 2007 Fahey sent out an increasing number of winners year-on-year, breaking the £1 million prize money barrier in 2006, then really made it into the big league when saddling 113 winners in 2008.

He proved that no fluke when winning 165 races in 2009 at a strike rate of 15%, and has sent out more than a hundred winners every season, culminating in 192 successes in 2014. This year Fahey looks certain to break the 200 barrier, a feat achieved by only a select few of the household names of British racing.

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Best Horses Ever

Richard Fahey best horse

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Among his biggest successes have been three Group 1 winners; Wootton Basset in the 2010 Prix Jean Luc Lagardere at Longchamp, Mayson in the 2010 Darley July Cup at Newmarket, and Garswood in the 2014 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.

Other smart performers to have been handled by the man known affectionately as ‘The Butterwick Kid’ – his first stables were at Butterwick, near Malton in North Yorkshire before he moved to a purpose-built yard at nearby Musley Bank Stables – include, Utmost Respect, Glen’s Diamond, Barefoot Lady, Supplicant and Birchwood.

Now with more than 200 horses under his wing, Fahey has tremendous firepower and is famed for travelling horses the length and breadth of the country in his voracious pursuit of winners, sometimes running four or five in the same big handicaps using a scattergun approach.

As a consequence, backing Fahey’s horses blind to a level stake has rarely proved profitable but it could certainly pay to focus on particular tracks and jockeys with whom he has a better winning strike rate.

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Tony Hamilton and Paul Hanagan are the two jockey riders used most by Fahey and with most winners for the yard over the last five years, the former riding 13% winners for his boss while Hanagan has a healthier 16% win ratio.

Jockeys to note with better figures on Fahey’s runners include Graham Lee (35%), Jamie Spencer and Franny Norton (18%), and Jack Garritty and Frederick Tylicki (17%).

Musselburgh and Yarmouth have both provided Fahey with a fine 24% winning strike rate over the last five years.

Pontefract (20%), Leicester (19%), Catterick (18%), Nottingham and Redcar (both 17%), have also proved happy hunting grounds for the popular handler.

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Best Horses and Stable Tour 2016

This are Richard Fahey´s best horses for the 2016 season, 6 of the very best from a stable tour of over 200 competitors [2].

Gabrial’s Kaka – An amazing turn of foot that can send the horse sprinting on the last turn. Top favorite this season.

Manchestar – Was on a winning streak in 2015 before a mild injury setback the horse. Now his back on the winning trail.

Farham – A promising horse after two successful starts.

George Bowen – An awkward win at Carlisle last season, but looks promising.

Spring Offensive – Will probably run as one of the favorites in three top three year old handicaps this season.

Zuhoor Baynoona – Best on sprint races and lightly raced so far.


[1], Richard Fahey Official Site, 2016

[2], Richard Fahey Stable Tour, 2016