Wednesday 25 April 2018

Fallon at faultless best to steer Sea Lord home by nose

Kieren Fallon and Sea Lord proved to be a faultless combination in the Sovereign Stakes as they held Poet's Voice by a nose in a pulsating finish to Salisbury's feature race of the season, WRITES TOM PEACOCK.

With a sparkling treble on Wednesday's card, Fallon is riding as well as he has since his comeback last year and he extracted the very best out of the Mark Johnston-trained Sea Lord (7/2), a horse for whom nothing seems too much to ask.

"You have to wind him up, but riding horses like that make you feel good," Fallon commented.

Fallon had earlier been the difference between victory and defeat for Cumani's Aktia (11/2), who was the first under pressure, but obliged in the European Breeders' Fund Fillies' Handicap.

Frankie Dettori was aboard 2/5 favourite Barq in the Mary Wort Memorial Maiden Stakes, and looked certain to build upon his recent second at Yarmouth but was very nearly overcome by debutant Magic Jack close home.

Andrew Balding's older horses have excelled this season, but the appropriately-named Catalyze (3/1) was the first to break the ice from his juvenile team of "about 50".

Jamie Spencer had a luckless passage aboard Fair Trade in the feature, but gained minor compensation through the 3/1 jolly Russian Rave in the Bill Garnett Memorial Fillies' Handicap.

Irish Independent

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