Richard Fahey saddles 3,000th British winner as Hong Kong Harry scores at Ayr
Richard Fahey trained his 3,000th winner in Britain on Tuesday evening as Hong Kong Harry stormed home to take the 7f handicap at Ayr, with stablemate Galipoli finishing second.
Fahey has been responsible for Group 1 winners Ribchester and Mayson among many others and reached the landmark with jockey Paul Hanagan in the saddle.
Fahey said: “I would never have dreamed of reaching 3,000 winners when I started out, to have had 30 would have been enough back then!
"However, I’m obviously delighted to have reached such a fantastic milestone now and the credit must go to all my team as I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them."
The Yorkshire-based trainer added: "If I had to pick one highlight, it would have to be Ribchester breaking the track record in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, it doesn’t get much better than that!”
Hanagan, who has played a key role in much of the trainer's success, said: "I joined Richard when I was 17 years old and we have both grown together ever since, enjoying some fantastic days and moments together.
"There is no way I would have been able to achieve what I have achieved in my career, for example the two champion jockey titles, if it weren’t for Richard.
"We have become great friends and I’m over the moon for him to have reached this fantastic milestone.”
Members of the 3,000 club
Wins First/last win Flat jumps
4,743 Mark Johnston (1987- ) 4,738 5
4,193 Richard Hannon snr (1970-2013) 4,145 48
4,183 Martin Pipe (1975-2006) 253 3,930
4,058 Sir Michael Stoute (1972- ) 4,046 12
3,382 Nicky Henderson (1978- ) 44 3,338
3,377 Sir Henry Cecil (1969-2013) 3,377 -
3,299 Paul Nicholls (1991- ) 17 3,282
3,277 John Dunlop (1966-2012) 3,273 4
3,222 John Gosden (1989- ) 3,222 -
3,181 Barry Hills (1969-2015) 3,171 10
3,000 Richard Fahey (1993- ) 2,859 141
Wins in Britain, including wins in partnership
Compiled by John Randall
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