In contrast, Richard Fahey is a trainer who has certainly kept busy. On Saturday he sent out 22 runners from his Malton base. Figures from Raceform Horses in Training 2013 reveal that’s more runners than 48% of trainers have in their yard! Ten of them were at his local track, York, and it clearly wasn’t just a matter of keeping the transport costs down that was behind that decision, as Fahey had a winner there, with Tiger Twenty Two in the nursery.
Two winners from three runners at Newmarket gained prize money of over £58,000, relatively small fry on an afternoon that featured five races each worth over £100,000, but welcome nonetheless. Fahey was himself at Newmarket, and said after Good Old Boy Lukey had got things under way in the 32Red.com Superlative Stakes, "That was just the job. To be honest, he was so well after the Newcastle race we thought we'd take a punt and take him here. He's quite a tall horse and we're not doing a lot with him at home, we're just learning about him as we go along. We'll get home and see how he is, a bit of time might not do him any harm, he's had two quick races. He's done everything right at home and everything right on the track."
The biggest problem for Fahey on the day was how to get horses to five different racecourses with only four horseboxes. That was solved when he bagged a lift for Gabrial to Ascot for the Summer Mile, where his fifth placed finish earned nearly £3,000. Placed horses at Chester and Hamilton meant that he didn’t come back penniless from anywhere, and brought the day’s takings to £93,880. His horses covered 1,571 miles getting to and from the racetracks.
Fahey said that little work was needed from himself to organise his busiest day ever at the races. He said, “It sounds silly to say but as I’ve got good staff it was easy. I would like to say that I do it all myself, but I don’t. The staff sort it all out. For me, it’s just hard to keep on top of what I have to do and the PR side.”
It’s a measure of how much stronger his yard has become in recent years that he was able to reflect on a week when he had three winners at Newmarket’s July meeting, when, he says, “five years ago I couldn’t get a runner there.”