Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 23 November 2017

Fallon bags Brighton double

Kieren Fallon continued to profit from Ryan Moore's misfortune as he made an extremely rare but successful visit to Brighton.

Moore had been scheduled to return to the saddle on an utterly wet and miserable afternoon at his hometown track, but the wrist he damaged more than two weeks ago continues to keep him on the sidelines and looks increasingly likely to cost him the chance of retaining his champion jockey title.

Earlier this month, Fallon had ridden at Brighton for the first time in five years and he and the Michael Stoute-trained Profondo Rosso -- set to have been Moore's mount -- looked equally unfamiliar with the place in the Maiden Stakes.

The colt, a home-bred from one of the fine Ballymacoll Stud lines, was fourth to last week's Acomb Stakes winner Waiter's Dream on his debut at Newbury before just getting touched off at Chester.

Sent off the 4/6 favourite yesterday, he had enough class to beat Enabling with two-and-a-quarter lengths to spare.

Fallon later teamed up with another trainer who has proved a fruitful ally in recent weeks, Mark Johnston, to triumph on Colepeper (13/8 joint-favourite) in the Food Festival Launches Here 1st September Handicap.

"It's a funny track but the prize money is good," said Fallon.

"It's a switchback, so you have got to be thinking all the time, but when it's soft ground, things don't happen so quickly."

Irish Independent

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