Wednesday 21 March 2018

Evergreen Fallon can continue his resurgence on Sassaway

Jockey Kieren Fallon. Photo: Getty
Jockey Kieren Fallon. Photo: Getty
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Kieren Fallon might have unearthed a genuine Classic contender in Now Or Never, but his decision to head for a low-key card at Tipperary tonight illustrates his impressive work ethic and appetite right now.

The former champion certainly seems determined to keep himself busy.

None of his three bookings at the Limerick Junction venue are rated higher than 67, and it is the top-rated of the trio, Sassaway, that appeals as his best chance of a winner.

Local handler Eamonn O'Connell has a second live contender in the shape of Battleroftheboyne, but Sassaway comes here a little under the radar.

A course and distance winner in 2013, Sassaway has won six times in all, including twice last year off ratings of 72. He is nine years of age, but he has showed up quite well in three of his four starts this year, latterly when seventh behind Sors at the Curragh.

While Sors is on duty again here, Sassaway is three pounds better off for a five-length defeat.

Given that he struggled on the soft ground at the Curragh when the pace quickened before picking up again late on, Sassaway will be much happier back on a sounder surface.

He is drawn on the inside and has ticks in a lot of boxes, so he warrants the nap vote under Fallon.


As ever, there is a strong local presence across the entire card. Aidan O'Brien could strike with the Seamie Heffernan-ridden Etched in the fillies' maiden and Ruby Gates, which is due to be ridden by his daughter Ana in the nine-furlong handicap.

Earlier, Golden-based Tommy Stack should go close in the five-furlong maiden with Aspar.

Wayne Lordan's mount was unlucky not to get off the mark last year, but he has gears aplenty, so he might take a bit of stopping in a poor race.

Lordan is also pencilled in for Honor Oak for Nenagh's Tom Hogan, a combination that is also expected to reap a dividend.

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