With the new English flat-racing season up and running, one man who’ll be hoping to continue his steady rise up the trainers’ table in 2014, will be Clogherhead native, Richard Fahey.
The Yorkshire-based handler saddled a winner on the opening day of the campaign at Doncaster, and it’s likely to be the first of many, as he looks ahead to another potentially successful season at the highest level.
Since passing the £1 million prize money barrier for the first time in 2006, Richard’s career has been on a steady upward curve, and in 2010, he reached the 180-winner mark for the first time. There was also a first Group 1 victory when ‘Wootten Bassett’ won at Longchamp on Arc day, while in 2012, a first Group 1 on British soil was achieved when’ Mayson’ landed the July Cup at Newmarket.
But Richard’s rise to the top has not been easy, and he’s taken his fair share of knocks, not to mention gambles, along the way.
This Easter Monday, April 21, local radio station LMFM will be reflecting on his life and achievements, from his birth in Nigeria in 1966, his childhood days growing up in Clogherhead, his departure for England as an apprentice jockey, and his decision to take-out a trainers’ license after giving up riding.
Contributors to the programme include Richard’s father Aidan, his former school principal Alec McClean, ex-Blackrock College contemporary Ardal O’Hanlon, and the man who introduced Richard to race riding, Noel McEvoy.
The one-hour programme, which airs at 1.10pm, is presented and produced by Colm Corrigan, and is supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s ‘Sound and Vision’ Scheme.