Richard Fahey reflects on a fine year for his Musley Bank team and looks ahead to his Saturday runners at Doncaster and Wolverhampton.
It’s been another good season at Musley Bank and at the time of writing we’ve had 191 winners and picked up over £4million in prize money. But this is an industry where greed is good and you always want more.
We’ve had too many seconds this year – 206 in total – but they weren’t horses that should have won. They were in the main handicappers who went up a couple of pounds for the run and that made life very difficult.
Ribchester was of course our flagbearer and a fantastic horse. We miss him already. The beauty of training a horse like him is you want another – in fact I want three – one at six furlongs, one at a mile and one a ten furlongs/a mile-and-a-half.
I don’t know what makes a stallion but if I was a betting man I’d say this guy has every chance of being a huge success. He had a great mind, loved his work and possessed plenty of speed. That’s a big thing in any racehorse – all the good ones we’ve had had that quality. They can go fast very easily – and none did it easier than Ribchester.
Looking ahead to next year we’ve sold a lot of horses recently – 65 or so – and have a few empty boxes. Hopefully we’ll get the opportunity to fill them and look for more success in 2018.
I say it every year but it’s a real team effort there at Musley Bank and I’d like to thank all the staff for their contribution this year. It’s been a great campaign and we’ll be ready to go again when Doncaster comes round next March.
Town Moor stage the final meeting of the Turf season on Saturday and we have three in the Betfred 'Home Of Goals Galore' Apprentice Handicap.
Khelman is proving extremely disappointing at the moment, he’s training well but not firing on the track. He can do that though and suddenly bounce back with a big run.
Lady In Question has been running consistently well and this is her last race this year. I’m a little worried about the testing ground for her but we’ll let here take her chance as she goes there in good form.
I don’t think Luis Vaz De Torres has anything in hand of the handicapper and it remains to be seen if a straight seven furlongs is really ideal for him but we’ll see.
I’d love to see Heaven’s Guest get his head in front again in the Betfred 'Supports Jack Berry House' Handicap but he was a fraction disappointing at Musselburgh last time. The handicapper has finally given him a chance but I hope it isn’t too late and his ability hasn’t dipped below his rating. Everything is ideal for him here though and I hope he runs well.
Right Touch ran a blinder to be second in that Musselburgh contest and while he has nothing hidden at all – he’d have a chance here if in the same form.
Melesina came back from Dubai to win at Deauville but has struggled a bit since. She needs to bounce right back to be competitive in the Betfred TV EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Gillies Fillies' Stakes.
We took Gangland to the sales last week and couldn’t get £15,000 for him – which I was stunned by. He’s a grand, hardy horse who heads to the Betfred 'Racing's Biggest Supporter' Nursery with an each-way chance.
Rajar has been running consistently well and while she had no excuses at Newmarket last time – it was still a creditable effort though and she’d have a good chance in the 32Red.com Fillies' Conditions Stakes at Wolverhampton.
Ocean Voyage runs in the 32Red.com Novice Auction Stakes. She’s a filly we like and only cost £3,000. It was a warm race she ran in last time and she’s going to be a fun horse in time. She’ll get a handicap mark after this and is capable of going well.