Bio: Richard Fahey shared the conditional jockeys’ title with Derek Byrne and Stuart Turner in 1988/89 but, by his own admission, “wasn’t good enough” in the saddle and, in 1993, turned his attention.
From his initial base, at Manor Farm in Butterwick, near Malton, North Yorkshire, he didn’t reach double-figures for a season until 1996 but, in 1997, saddled his first big race winner, Superior Premium, in the Daihatsu Field Marshal Stakes at Haydock Park. Three years later, the same horse would become his first Royal Ascot winner when running on strongly to win the Cork and Orrery Stakes – now the Diamond Jubilee Stakes – at odds of 20/1.
Fahey saddled 50 winners in a season for the first time in 2003 and, following the move to his current base at Mews House in nearby Musley Bank, saddled 100 winners in a season for the first time in 2008. Victory for Wootton Bassett in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp in 2010 gave him his first Group 1 winner and he has since added half a dozen more successes at the highest level, notably with Ribchester, who won the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes and Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp in 2017. Indeed, those three victories contributed towards his best season ever, in pecuniary terms, with over £4.2 million in prize money.