Gabrial The Terror came back in to training in January after a 178 day break. In his first four runs he seemed to be finding his feet again and he had been dropped to a reasonable mark. He was always travelling well under jockey Tony Hamilton at Wolverhampton and when he hit the front he kept on strongly to win by two-and-three-quarter lengths.
Alben Star loves winning on Championship Finals Day at Lingfield. He won the sprint in 2014 on the first ever Good Friday meeting, he was second last year and he won again yesterday. There was a fast pace and Alben was held up by jockey David Nolan in the middle of the field. He challenged inside the final furlong and produced a devastating turn of foot to power clear and win by two-and-a-quarter lengths.
It was another great day for owners Mick Scaife and Kenny Shannon, they picked up £93,375 in prize money and Alben Star’s career earnings now total upwards of £310,000.
Gabrial and Suegioo have been in Dubai a few days now and have been out on the track. Suegioo didn’t travel that well but he’s eating and drinking now and is much better. Gabrial would live in Dubai if he could. He loves the sunshine and has been swimming. We hope they both run well on Saturday, Gabrial has been give a wide draw, 15 of 15 but we’re hoping he does what he does best and finish strongly. Suegioo hasn’t been with us that long and this will be his first run for us so we will just have to wait and see how he runs.
Gabrial and Suegioo flew out to Dubai yesterday ahead of their World Cup Races on Saturday. They flew from Heathrow and landed safely in Dubai after a seven hour flight. Sammy Jo Bell has also flown over and will look after the horses this week. They will be able to work on the track on Tuesday which is when Richard will fly over. Gabrial runs in the Dubai Turf and Silvestre De Sousa takes the ride. Suegioo lines up in the Dubai World Cup and Paul Hanagan will be in the saddle.
Sadie Babes stormed to victory at Southwell. She didn’t get the best of starts but when she found her stride she hit the front and always looked to be travelling better than her rivals. She pulled clear under jockey Sammy Jo Bell and they powered clear to win by eight lengths. A great result for owner and breeder Paul Hyland.
After being placed in several races Footlight got her head in front at Southwell. She was held up by jockey Adam McNamara and they started to make an impression two furlongs from home. They chased down the leaders inside the final furlong, stayed on strongly and pulled clear to win by three lengths. A great result for owner Mrs Farr, her husband and Worksop Manor Stud who bred the filly.
Our newest apprentice Adam Mcnamara gave Gabrial The Duke a great ride to win at Lingfield. In a slowly run race he tracked the leaders but made progress four furlongs from home. They took up the lead inside the final furlong and kept on well to win by three quarters of a length. It’s Adams second win of his career and both winners have been for owner Dr Marwan Koukash.
Last night was a fantastic evening at the Godolphin Stud and Staff Awards and it was topped off by our very own Aly Deniel winning the rider/groom category. Aly was shortlisted for the award and had an interview yesterday along with the other two finalists. She was asked about her role, working for Richard and how she thought racing would look in the future. The finalists also spent the afternoon at the House Of Parliament talking to MP’s. Aly was announced as the winner at a dinner in London and to say Aly was shocked was an understatement. There were a few tears as Aly received her trophy from Sir Anthony McCoy and when Claire Balding asked what’s the key to being a good rider she said “Understanding them. Getting to know them. Having empathy with them…and loving them”
This is a fantastic achievement, we nominated Aly for her efforts with Birchwood at the Breeders’ Cup and it was great to see her pick up such a brilliant award. Godolphin put up some fantastic prize money and both Aly and the yard get £5000. We are very lucky to have hard working and enthusiastic staff and we are looking forward to another great season.
It’s been a good few days with four winners from five runners. Theos Lolly made all under jockey Dave Nolan at Lingfield. He battled hard inside the final furlong and showed a great attitude to win by a head. We then doubled up with Bayan Kasirga at Wolverhampton. This time Tony Hamilton was in the saddle and they tracked the leader and made a challenge two furlongs from home. They took up the lead and stayed on to win by half a length.
Another day and another win for the Richard Fahey Ebor Racing Club. Majestic Myles made all at Lingfield under jockey Tony Hamilton and stayed on well to win by two lengths. That was the third win of the year for the racing club and you can still join for £249 a year. For more information go to www.richardfaheyracingclub.co.uk