#startracking Tuesday May 31st 1.15pm

So why has David Armstrong moved his horses from Richard Fahey?

I can’t have “time for a change” from either party. For many trainers the loss of a leading owner would be devastating, just ask Donald McCain, but #FantasticMrFahey had close on 300 horses and shouldn’t be an issue. Is it the start of something worse? Jaber Abdullah, Al Shaqab, the Steels (God Forbid!) or Dr K? A “friend” told me in my local shop Fahey was way out of form. Is he?

How does the early season Turf form for Fahey this season compare with the previous four?

Wins      Runners               %                            2yo Win         2yo runners       %

2016 TURF      37           315                         11.75                     8                           46                    17.4%

 

2015 TURF           53           316                         16.78                     12                     58                     20.7%

2014 TURF           44           321                         13.70                     14                    65                    21.55%

2013 TURF           47           300                        15.66                    11                     48                    22.94%

 

2012 TURF           26           245                         10.61                    4                     28                          14.28%

 

#FantasticMrFahey has been at par for runners on Turf in 2016 but is probably a dozen short on winners and for that I will put forward three reasons, two I can possibly justify and the third is a personal opinion.

  1. His older winning handicappers of last season are now too high to win despite running well.
  2. The trainers own opinion that “2yo’s have needed a run and we don’t know why”.
  3. Rides being shared around too many jockeys! Needs a number one jockey, day in, day out, at work, on course! Put the claimers on those that need it!

The table also shows the quantum leap the yard took between 2012 and 2013, runners up by 25%, winners by 80%.

Saturday saw #FantasticMrFahey have a 20/1 (friendless in market) 2yo winner at Chester but won in a professional manner and yesterday a well-supported Normandy Knight won a handicap at Leicester, put up on the line by the much missed Paul Hanagan. (see point iii above)

So which horses are leaving the yard? These are the horses Armstrong had in training with Fahey over the last season and start of this:

2016

Clayton Hall                        Brian Ellison                        78 1 5                     £5,499 £6,798 8.00

Hutton                                 Richard Fahey                    75 1 3                     £2,911 £2,911 6.00

Ormskirk                              Brian Ellison                        62 0 1                     £0 £0 -1.00

Lostock                                 Richard Fahey                    59 0 1                     £0 £164 -1.00

Penwortham                     Richard Fahey                    73 0 1                     £0 £241 -1.00

Robin Park                          Richard Fahey                    29 0 1                     £0 £0 -1.00

Robin Park                          Richard Fahey                   83 2 5                     £9,704 £10,425 14.50

Thornton                             Richard Fahey                    62 0 1                     £0 £0 -1.00

Limbrick                               Richard Fahey                    45 0 2                     £0 £0 -2.00

Ince Moss                           Richard Fahey                    42 0 1                     £0 £216 -1.00

Brindle                                 Richard Fahey                    54 0 1                     £0 £0 -1.00

Bromley Cross                   Brian Ellison                        68 0 3                     £0 £722 -3.00

Dalton                                   David O’Meara                 67 0 1                     £0 £635 -1.00

Eccleston                             Richard Fahey                    81 0 1                     £0 £0 -1.00

Beardwood                        Brian Ellison                        87 0 3                     £0 £2,185 -3.00

Brockholes                          Richard Fahey                    66 0 2                     £0 £1,733 -2.00

Birchwood                          Richard Fahey                   100 2 2                  £35,256 £35,256 11.91     Sold to Godolphin

Ribchester                           Richard Fahey                   109 0 2                  £0 £48,263 -2.00                Sold to Godolphin

2015

Lathom                                Richard Fahey                   101 2 7                  £126,160 £132,837 28.00

Eccleston                             David O’Meara                 104 2 11                £15,526 £20,165 6.00

Astley Hall                           Richard Fahey                   86 2 5                     £12,615 £14,925 4.25

Appleton                             Richard Fahey                   87 1 2                     £5,175 £12,555 1.75

Fishergate                           Richard Fahey                   78 1 4                     £3,881 £5,710 -1.38

Beardwood                        Brian Ellison                        90 1 7                     £3,881 £6,287 -5.09

Ormskirk                              Richard Fahey                   78 1 4                     £3,235 £5,640 -1.25

Lydiate                                 Richard Fahey                   70 1 4                     £2,911 £4,210 0.00

Penwortham                     Richard Fahey                   79 1 5                     £2,264 £2,745 -1.75

Winter Hey Lane               Richard Fahey                   64 0 4                     £0 £1,356 -4.00

Tarleton                               Richard Fahey                   67 0 3                     £0 £385 -3.00

Pippin Street                      Richard Fahey                   67 0 4                     £0 £1,540 -4.00

Hesketh Bank                    Richard Fahey                   59 0 2                     £0 £0 -2.00

Coppull Moor                    Richard Fahey                   46 0 1                     £0 £0 -1.00

Birkdale                                Richard Fahey                   74 0 2                     £0 £1,597 -2.00

Deansgate                          Richard Fahey                   66 0 3                     £0 £289 -3.00

Euxton                                  Richard Fahey                   69 0 5                     £0 £1,900 -5.00

Hutton                                  Richard Fahey                   69 0 2                     £0 £1,443 -2.00

Gathurst                              David O’Meara                 77 0 4                     £0 £3,369 -4.00

Kirkham                               Richard Fahey                   65 0 2                     £0 £0 -2.00

There aren’t too many stars in the 2016 list but the loss of the Highfield Farm/Armstrong 2yo’s could be serious.

 

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