Richard Fahey Stable Tour

    With a mixture of established stars and exciting three-year-old Richard Fahey is looking at another successful season and talks about some spring targets for his impressive string

For Richard Fahey 2015 could hardly have finished on a higher note as he equalled Richard Hannon senior record of 235 winners in a calendar year and notched up the humungous total of £3,846,974 in prize money to set another new personal best.

Those exalted total may be a little harder to pass this time around with several of his Saturday moneyspinners handicapped to the hilt but there are plenty of those established stars who will continue to make their contributions and several progressing from the juvenile division who look capable of mixing it at the highest level.

Chief amongst the three-year-old could be the exciting Ribchester and Birchwood and there is unbeaten Don't Touch throwing his hat into the ring for just only his second season.

All in all it looks another ultra busy year ahead for the Musley Bank Team and Richard kindly guided Tony Elves of ATR through some of those he hopes will be leading lights this time around.

Older Horses

8 b g Clodovil - Secret Circle

Winner of eight of his 41 starts. Returned to winning form with a two and a quarter length defeat of Lancelot Du Lac in the AW Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes at Lingfield (6f) in March. Currently rated 105.
"I was a little bit disappointed with him in the Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster but he's been a grand servant and was seen to much better effect on the AW at Lingfield on Finals Day. He may not be just as good on the turf and the flat-out gallop on the AW suits him well. He will be kept on the go."

7 b g Hurricane Run - Causeway Song

Winner of five of his 36 starts. Best effort last season when failing by a head behind Eye Of The Storm in the Coral Marathon at Sandown (2m 1/2f) in July. Currently rated 104.
"He is in the grip of the handicapper but is capable of running well as he showed when runner-up in the Coral Marathon last season. The Chester Cup will obviously be on the radar again as he is owned by Marwan (Koukash). He has problem with a burst blood vessel after his final start but he has scoped fine since and we will just have to keep an eye on him."

4 b g Dutch Art - Expressive

Unraced at two and winner of all five of his starts last year. Favourite when beating Poyle Vinnie half a length off a mark of 101 when rounding off his season in the Ayr Gold Cup at Ayr (6f) in September. Currently rated 106.
"He has done extremely well physically over the Winter and we hope he will make up into a proper Group horse. He has a little way to go yet as he's only rated 106 at present but we hope he can cross that divide and he might run in either the Greenlands at the Curragh or the Duke of York at York next month."

7 gr g Verglas - Special Lady

Winner of five of his 22 starts. Lightly-raced last season and not seen out after May. Currently rated 100.
"He has been off since last May with a niggly problem and we are trying to get him ready for the Chester Cup. It's not a serious problem and he's a decent horse who could do well if we can get him back."

5 b g Bahamian Bounty - Kate The Great

Winner of six of his 18 starts. Scored for the third time last season when beating Naadirr a neck in a Group 3 event at Ascot (6f) in October. Currently rated 112.
"He's as tough and genuine as they come and we were considering running him in the Abernant but the ground was just too testing first time out. He could go for the Duke of York and ultimately the July Cup at Newmarket as he ran a career best in that race last year. He's a lot stronger and we are looking forward to another productive season with him."

5 b g Acclamation - Miss Meggy

Winner of four of his 21 starts. Last win for David O'Meara at Thirsk (6f) in August when beating Another Wise Kid three quarters of a length off a mark of 91. Currently rated 94.
"We had him as a two-year-old and he has been sent back to us. He is in great form at home and we will probably start him off in the five furlong handicap at Sandown on Saturday which he won two years ago."

8 ch g Exceed And Excel - Emly Express

Winner of six of his 46 starts. Last win when beating Bertiewhittle a length off a mark of 97 at Doncaster (7f) in August. Currently rated 102.
"He has run well in both his start this season and finished a respectable seventh to Accession in a handicap at Newmarket last week. His turn will come but we may have to drop him into claimers."

7 b g Dark Angel - Guajira

Winner of seven of his 46 starts. Beaten only two and a quarter lengths by Solow when third in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot (1m) in September. Currently rated 114.
"He would probably need everything to fall right for him to win a Group 1 but the plan is for him to head to the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. He was placed in two Group 1's last year - the Sussex Stakes and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and we will follow a similar path with him again this year."

6 b g Jeremy - Love In May

Winner of five of his 34 starts. Returned to winning form in the Spring Cup run at Chelmsford (1m) on Saturday on the abandonment of Newbury beating Azraff a length and three quarters off his current mark of 86.
"He showed he was coming back to himself when running a good race when finishing third at the Curragh last month and confirmed that impression when winning the Spring Cup at Chelmsford on Saturday. He is obviously well handicapped on his best form and he could now go for a £45,000 handicap at Haydock on Saturday."

7 b g Hurricane Run - Danella

Winner of nine of his 52 starts. Winner at Chester (1m 5 1/2f) last August and highly creditable fourth of 17, beaten three lengths, to Trip To Paris off a mark of 91 in the Chester Cup (2m 2 1/2f) last May off a mark of 91. Currently rated 92.
"He is another who will obviously go for the Chester Cup if he gets in at the weights. He ran well behind Trip To Paris last year and is ideally suited by soft ground. He could go well if he gets his conditions and a little bit of luck."

7 b g Hernando - Grain Only

Winner of four of his 39 starts. Fifth in the Chester Cup at Chester (2m 2 1/2f) last May off his current mark of 92.
"He goes well when fresh and we don't mind going straight for the Chester Cup with him. He was pulled up on his final start at Ayr when something was amiss but he trotted up sound afterwards and seems fine."

7 b g War Front - Ball Gown

Winner of five of his15 starts. Successful at Southwell (1m 4f) in December when beating Yul Finegold two lengths off a mark of 85 and followed up with a neck success from Cotton Club at Lingfied (2m) last that month off a mark of 90. Currently rated 94.
"He is another we are hoping to get into the Chester Cup. He came back from a little injury to win twice on the AW at the end of last year and could still be improving. He certainly gives us the impression there is a big handicap in him."

4 gr g Dark Angel - Midnight Oasis

Winner of four of his 16 starts. Landed a very valuable handicap at the Curragh (6f) last September off a mark of 91. Currently rated 99.
"He has done well physically over the Winter and we are hoping he could improve further this season. He won at the Curragh and Newmarket last season and has crept up the ratings but we are hoping he is going to be one of those that improves with age. He will probably start at York next month."

4 b g Kodiac - Nose One's Way

Winner of two of his 10 starts. Runner-up, beaten only a length and a half, to Twilight Son in the valuable Charity Handicap at York (6f) last June off a mark of 94. Currently rated 96.
"He was a little disappointing when favourite for his reappearance at Newmarket last week but he has some very good form and finished runner-up to Twilight Son at York last season. If all remains well with him he has the ability to win a big handicap."

6 b g Dark Angel - Bakewell Tart

Winner of nine of his 38 starts. Scored by a head from Balty Boys in the valuable International Handicap at Ascot (7f) last July off a mark of 103. Currently rated 105.
"He ran a little bit better at Newmarket last week in the race won by Accession but he looks badly handicapped at present. However, he obviously has plenty of ability and we will aim him at the big handicaps between six furlongs and a mile."

4 b g Lookin At Lucky - Yesterday

Winner of one of his four starts. Successful in a maiden at Pontefract (1m 2f) in September when beating Blue Sea Of Ibrox a length and three quarters and subsequently beaten only three quarters of a length to Freight Train off a mark of 85 at Redcar (1m 2f) the following month. Currently rated 87.
"He came to us from Aidan O'Brien unraced and he got off the mark for us at Pontefract last September. He has done well and I am looking forward to running him in some decent handicaps."

6 ch g Monsieur Bond - Remina

Winner of six of his 33 starts. Ran well in a conditions event at Thirsk on Saturday when runner-up, beaten three and a half lengths, to Kelinni. Currently rated 104.
"He never ran a race in the Lincoln but showed more of what he is capable of at Thirsk on Saturday. He is a tough horse who won two valuable handicaps for us last year and hopefully he can do the trick again this season."

6 b g Royal Applause - Amira

Winner of six of his 22 starts. Last win when beating Al Khan a neck off a mark of 93 at Ayr (7f) in September. Finished seven of 21, beaten six and a half lengths to Lord Of The Rock on his reappearance in the Spring Mile at Doncaster (1m) in April off his current mark of 97.
"We got him ready for the Spring Mile and he was working well and was well fancied but he didn't run up to expectations. You can forget about that race and we will be looking for some better ground and taking him back to seven furlongs then you will see a different horse."

7 ch g Manduro - Mantesera

Winner of two of his 28 starts. Made a pleasing reappearance in the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan (2m) in March when fourth, beaten five lengths, to Vazirabad. Currently rated 109.
"He is a horse who doesn't show much at home but probably ran the best race of his life in the Dubai Gold Cup. He will probably go for the Yorkshire Cup but he is another owned by Marwan and I'm sure he will be entered in the Chester Cup which he won two years ago."

6 b g Red Clubs - Zwadi

Winner of six of his 35 starts. Last win when beating stablemate George Bowen a head in the Silver Cup at Ayr (6f) last September off a mark of 97. Currently rated 102.
"He won two for us last year including the Ayr Silver Cup. He's a solid Sprint handicapper who could have a race like the Wokingham in him."

4 gr g Clodovil - Speckled Hen

Winner of five of his 11 starts. All successes coming in a sparking three-year-old campaign which culminated in a short head defeat of Master The World in the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket (1m 1f) last September off a mark of 95. Currently rated 102.
"It was a very pleasant surprise to see him enjoy such a productive season but it's going to be tougher for him this time around. I'd always wanted to win a Cambridgeshire and this lad did the job. We are hoping he will find further improvement and he will start off in the Hambleton Handicap at York in May."


b g Arcano - Alsalwa

Winner of two of his 7 starts. Gained his second success on his final start at Ayr (1m) in September when beating Robinnielly a head off a mark of 85. Currently rated 92.
"We have gelded him and he has done extremely well over the Winter. He's an improving sort and he could well end up in the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot."

b c Dark Angel - Layla Jamil

Winner of three of his 7 starts. Landed the Group 2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket (7f) in July by a length from Air Vice Marshal and ran well in defeat in better company afterwards. Currently rated 114.
"He was a star for us last season and won the Superlative and ran well in both the National Stakes at the Curragh and the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf. We have given him a longer break as he had such a long season but he's been working away quite well now. He is in the Irish 2000 Guineas but is more likely to go for the German Guineas and we will play it by ear after that."

b c Danehill Dancer - Messias Da Silva

Winner of one of his 2 starts. Off the mark at Ayr (7f) in September when beating Weekend Offender a neck. Currently rated 80.
He is quite a laidback horse who battled on well to win at Ayr last September on his second start. He wouldn't want extremes of ground but is a nicely bred who we like a lot and he should progress through the ranks."

b c Dream Ahead - Mathuna

Winner of three of his 8 starts. Easy five and a half length winner from Dress In Fur in the Group 2 Criterium De Maisons-Laffitte at Maisons-Laffitte (6f) in October. Currently rated 115.
"He is currently the highest rated horse in the yard but he didn't winter very well and is just starting to pick up now. We are not sure whether he wants six or seven furlongs as he was initially very keen but gradually got the hangs of things. He could start in the Temple Stakes at Haydock and long term we would be thinking of the Commonwealth Cup."

b f Clodovil - Laureldean Spirit

Winner of three of her 7 starts. Completed a hat trick when beating Aqua Libre three quarters of a length in a fillies nursery at Newmarket (7f) in September off a mark of 83. Currently rated 90.
"She had a good first season and completed a hat trick before disappointing in the Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket. She had a setback and has had a sinus operation but she is on her way back and could end up in the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot."

b g Paco Boy - Birdie

Winner of one of his 2 starts. Third on his debut at Newcastle in June and off the mark when next seen out at York (7f) in October when beating Prying Pandora a length. Currently rated 83.
"When he first arrived we thought he was going to make a very sharp two-year-old but he just started growing and we had to back off him. He was gelded after his debut and it could be the making off him. He wants seven furlongs to a mile and could well make into a decent horse."

b f Kyllachy - Light Hearted

Winner of one of her 2 starts. Scored by two and three quarter lengths from Harmonic Way on her debut at Beverley (5f) before disappointing when favourite for a nursery at Ayr (6f) in September. Currently rated 77.
"She has wintered extremely well and we will start her off in handicaps and hope she progress through the ranks. We thought she would win on her nursery debut at Ayr but hopefully she can bounce back from that and confirm our impressions of her."

b c Compton Place - Wigan Lane

Winner of two of his 7 starts. Landed the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury (5f) in July by a neck from Mr Lupton. Currently rated 98.
"He was disappointing after winning the Weatherbys Super Sprint and we have backed right off him since. He's definitely a sprinter but he could be a little hard to place with his rating. However, we hope he will find his way again as the season progresses."

b f Holy Roman Emperor - Lady Luachmar

Winner of two of her 6 starts Easy seven length winner from Fast Enough on her third start at Pontefract (5f) in July and followed up with a five length success from Tawwaaq in a nursery at York (6f) in August. Currently rated 100.
"We thought she would run well at York after her easy maiden victory at Pontefract but she surprised us with manner of her success. She is not very big and there would be a worry that she has trained on but we will look at the Listed Fillies races and see if she can earn some black type."

ch g Elnadim - Chiloe Wigeon

Winner of two of his 9 starts. Successful in a valuable Sales race at Doncaster (6 1/2f) in September and beaten only two lengths by Log Out Island in the Two-Year-Old Trophy at Redcar (6f) on his final start. Currently rated 102.
"He won the big Sales race at Doncaster and ran another blinder in the Redcar Trophy. He has take awhile to come into his coat but he's doing nicely now and he has done well over the winter. We think he might stay seven furlongs this season and we will put that to the test in the coming months."

b c Iffraaj - Mujarah

Winner of one of his 4 starts. Disqualified and placed fifth after passing the post in second place in the Prix Djebel at Maisons-Laffitte (7f) in April. Successful in the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury (6f) in September when beating Log Out Island a length and a quarter. Currently rated 113.
"We are hoping he's a proper Group 1 horse and he will be campaigned at the highest level. He was fresh and still a bit green so I wanted to get a run into him and he went to France for Prix Djebel where they went no gallop which didn't help him. It turned into a messy race but the experience will have done him the world of good and he is still in three Guineas."

DON'T TOUCH- unbeaten in five and fancied to progress much further.
GABRIAL'S KAKA - won the rearranged Spring Cup at Chelmsford on Saturday on a surface that may not have been entirely ideal and looks attractively handicapped at his best.
CONSTANTINO - scopey individual who as always just doing enough when winning at Ayr in the Autumn and has plenty more to offer.
GARCIA- looks the sort to progress markedly in handicaps over seven furlongs and a mile.
GIDDY - hadn't read the script when strongly fancied for her nursery bow but can make amends this season.
RIBCHESTER - thought of a Group 1 horse by trainer and no need to argue with that assessment.

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