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Cieren Fallon after riding Oxted to win the Darley July Cup Stakes. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/PA Wire

Cieren Fallon after riding Oxted to win the Darley July Cup Stakes. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/PA Wire

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Cieren Fallon after riding Oxted to win the Darley July Cup Stakes. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/PA Wire

Kieren Fallon never won a Darley July Cup during his illustrious career but his son Cieren, one of the rising stars of the weighing room, broke his and trainer Roger Teal's Group One duck when Oxted ran out a popular winner of yesterday's big race at Newmarket.

In the best sprint of the season so far, the 12-1 shot beat all the right horses with the Irish challenger Sceptical a length and a half back in second, Golden Horde third, Khaadem fourth and Hello Youmzain fifth to land a plan formulated last autumn when Oxted, coming up through the ranks, won the Portland Handicap at Doncaster.

Fallon, 21, was champion apprentice last year and at the time the Portland was his biggest win. Even if there is a degree of inevitability about it on his breeding, a first Group One is a big step and this was only his third ride in one.

He carried out instructions and advice from Teal, his boss, William Haggas and his dad, who walked him up the course on Thursday and twice again yesterday to perfection on the Abernant winner.

"I'm speechless," said Fallon, who shares a house with his father, afterwards. "I was on a very good horse. Dad said, 'Keep it simple, don't take him back, don't push, keep him balanced into the Dip.' I didn't look back.

He added: "I'm going to celebrate with the family tonight but tomorrow's another day. Dad was going to move to the USA, but stuck around to look after me and I can't thank him enough."

A proud Fallen snr said: "He's got it - I know he's got it. It was difficult for the young lad to get going again, but he's had a couple of decent winners now and when you're on a roll things fall your way. He's got so much confidence - I wish I had half his confidence when I was riding."

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