Cieren Fallon earns high praise for cool Lingfield victory

Youngster shines with second winner

  • Thursday 01 November
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Cieren Fallon may only be at the start of his career but he again showed he has inherited the skills that made his father Kieren six-times champion jockey in landing the apprentice handicap at Lingfield.

Trapped in a bit of pocket aboard Garth Rockett in the seven-furlong prize the teenager, who dropped his whip down the home straight, earned the plaudits from both his Derby-winning father and trainer Brendan Powell when getting the 9-5 favourite up by a neck.

Fallon senior said: “I was impressed how he got out of the box seat.

“I know he had the horse underneath him, but it was nice the way he did it. I’ve done nothing yet (coaching him), I’ve let him find his own way.

“I was more nervous watching that than riding in the Derby!”

Powell added: “For a kid who has had only 20 to 25 rides, he was very cool. He has got a good racing brain. He didn’t panic and the gaps came for him, but you have got to have the horse to go through gaps as well.”

Fallon junior said of the four-year-old, who was following up his victory in the race 12 months ago: “I just wanted a bit of cover as I had a lot of confidence in the horse, as he won it last year.

“I knew I had a lot of horse underneath me. I wasn’t going to pick it up (whip) as he doesn’t like being hit.”

Tom Marquand inched closer to recording the first century of his career before swapping the English winter for the Australian sunshine after steering Motakhayyel to victory on his debut in the Ladbrokes Home Of The Odds Boost/British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes.

The former champion apprentice moved on to the 95-winner mark for the year thanks to the neck victory secured by the Richard Hannon-trained runner in the seven-furlong event.

He said: “I would be disappointed if I don’t reach the century, but I’ve not got a lot of time left before I go to Australia.

“Hopefully there are a few opportunities left and the way things are going I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

“I head out to Australia in December and I’m out there until the start of February. I went out there after I was champion apprentice and I worked with David Hayes.

“I really enjoyed it last time and I learned a hell of a lot from it. I’m going to Sydney this time, as I went to Melbourne last time. So many people have gone out there and nobody has come back a worse jockey.”

On the 3-1 winner, he said: “He has done everything we’ve asked at home and he quickened up nicely today.

“He felt like he put the race to bed quickly. He was just a bit babyish afterwards, but he was more than entitled to be.”

Cieren Fallon earns high praise for cool Lingfield victory
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