Opening this morning’s Racing Post was a real downer with news that David Armstrong’s horses were no longer being trained at Musley Bank by Richard Fahey!
It wasn’t a complete surprise as I had indeed sent a tweet out last Friday morning saying “Just going through tomorrows runners and David Armstrong has moved two from Fahey to Ellison? Is there a story?” Especially sent it to Tom O’Ryan (@Ballyhurst) and Bobby Beevers (Radio Yorkshire) but with no reply.
Fahey and Armstrong have enjoyed tremendous success together especially at the top end of racing with the likes of Mayson and Garswood and I can’t think of a GOOD reason David Armstrong would want to send his horses to Brian Ellison, Ann Duffield, David O’Meara and AN Other.
Currently I am trawling the web to find if there is any more news whilst putting together a list of the horses leaving Musley Bank. Meanwhile here is some background information to David Armstrong.
Below is an article written by Weatherby’s Chris Hamilton a few years ago
“From pigeon loft to stud farm by Charles Hamilton May 11, 2015
Matthew Haxby runs our Wellingborough office and a trip up the M6 reminds him of why there is nothing else he would rather be doing. Having the opportunity to visit a client on their stud farm is one of the best parts of my job and I have just been up to Lancashire to see Chorley based businessman and Group 1 winning owner David Armstrong and his wife Emma.
The activities of the Armstrong Group encompass a range of recycling and environmental services, as well as a large stone and aggregate company supplied by six local quarries. Their client list includes the supply of their own Gritstone to none other than Gaudi’s famous Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. It is a formidable business and enables David Armstrong to indulge a passion.
With the flat turf season in full swing, discussion inevitably turned towards horseracing and breeding. Having conquered one world as a champion pigeon breeder and racer, David turned his attention to the sport of horse racing and it was love at first sight after a chance visit to Haydock Park. He has now been an owner for 11 years and a breeder for just 9, and yet already he has bred July Cup (G1) winner Mayson who also raced in his colours, as did Prix Maurice De Gheest (G1) winner Garswood. Mayson’s story is a particularly poignant one as he lost his dam Mayleaf to cancer when only 3 months old. The stallions now stand at Cheveley Park Stud alongside Garswood’s sire Dutch Art and the stud’s standard bearer Pivotal and both are poised to write the next chapter in the Armstrong story.
Also a cattle breeder, chatting to David is always fascinating as he applies a true stockman’s view to his breeding and racing interests, but inevitably has become ever more attached to his ‘equine family’. The broodmares and youngstock are all based at Highfield Farm and nurtured by daughter Sophie and wife Emma – a system that is clearly working. The pride he exhibits when discussing Mayson is clear – so much so that the stallion is now depicted in glorious artwork on his latest V8 Scania juggernaut. His pleasure at providing his good friend Richard Fahey with his first British Group 1 winner is very evident and he enjoys the planning of the mares’ matings and Sales visits, accompanied by Richard’s assistant Robin O’Ryan to view potential purchases, as much as anything. Many of the Armstrong’s horses are named after local places and landmarks which ensures a strong following from the community, including their octogenarian postman who is regularly supplied with an updated list of all their horses in training!
With the first Mayson runners due to hit the track next year, excitement levels are palpably rising in the Armstrong household. The enjoyment that the whole family derives from every aspect of horse ownership is the best possible advertisement for British racing and is extremely infectious.”