Richard Fahey's terrific run continued when he completed a 503-1 treble with Jeannie Galloway, Faithful Ruler and She's In The Money — all three ridden by stable jockey Paul Hanagan — on the first afternoon of Ayr's three-day Gold Cup meeting.
There was a poignant start to proceedings when the jockeys assembled in the parade ring before the first race, with a lone piper played Amazing Grace in memory of apprentices Jamie Kyne and Jan Wilson, who were tragically killed in a fire at Malton.
Hanagan had helped carry Kyne's coffin on Wednesday evening before a funeral mass, and so it was appropriate he opened the Malton duo's scoring aboard Jeannie Galloway in the Millar Callaghan 10th Anniversary Maiden Auction Stakes.
Fahey said: “Paul has been very professional. It's very tough for everybody, everyone in Malton is very down. It is a tough time.”
He added of the 7-1 winner: “This is her first run for us and I thought she would win, although it did look a warm race.
“She is owned by David Renwick, who used to be caddie to (top golfer) Vijay Singh, and I will step her up in trip now — it is great to have a winner at this meeting.”
Faithful Ruler (8-1) came out best in the first division of the John Smith's Handicap and his owner George Murray certainly had faith in Fahey, as he flew in from Dubai to see the horse run.
Fahey went on: “This horse has done well on the all-weather, but we are still learning about him on the grass.”
She's In The Money made it three in the racingpost.com Handicap, but the only surprise to Fahey was her price as he added: “She was very unlucky not to win at Newcastle last time and I thought she would be 6-4 today (returned 6-1).”
Kieren Fallon on board Gitano Hernando won the feature race at Wolverhampton last night.