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Fallon's joy at Ascot victory

Kieren Fallon, back at Royal Ascot for the first time since 2006, was celebrating yesterday after guiding 9/4 favourite Afsare to victory in the Hampton Court Stakes for trainer Luca Cumani.

Fallon just edged out 4/1 shot Quadrille, and had to survive a stewards' inquiry after drifting into the runner-up in the closing stages of the race.

The placings remained unaltered, but Fallon was later handed a two-day ban for careless riding.

But that did little to dim the delight of Fallon, who was just happy to be celebrating a winner at Royal Ascot again after his long absence.

"This is where it all happens -- it's exciting and it's a great buzz," said Fallon. "It's brilliant when you are winning, but not so nice when you are not.

"It's great for Mr Cumani to get back up here again. He has had some great horses over the years and let's hope we can get some more."

Cumani was also celebrating his first winner at Royal Ascot for quite some time.

"It's been too long since I had a winner here and these things happen," Cumani said.

"We probably didn't have the right horses at the right time or we have made a mess of it.

"He's progressive. I'd have to see the race again but I'd say he'll improve for going up to a mile and a half.

"We might look at a Group Three now but I don't see him as a Leger horse -- he has too much speed. We could maybe look at York now."


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