Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Fallon enjoys triple chance

Kieren Fallon put his previous experience of the sweeping Sussex Downs to good use as he returned to winning ways at Goodwood with a 44-1 treble aboard Crown Prosecutor, Alfresco and Belle Royale.

The six-times champion jockey had only enjoyed six previous rides at the track since his enforced absence from the saddle ended last September — but he again proved the unique undulations hold no barriers.

His brace moved him on to the 38-winner mark for the season and leaves him 13 adrift of reigning champion Ryan Moore in the jockeys' title race.

Fallon, who landed the Italian Oaks 24 hours earlier and rode a four-timer at Ayr last week, said: “I thought I had ridden a winner here when I came back last year, but Seamus (Buckley, clerk of the course) assures me I didn't so I'll believe him.

“Seta winning at Leicester last Monday was good for the both of us and I have been lucky enough to have some good rides and rack up the wins since then.

“Things hadn't been going so well for a couple of weeks, but I have my confidence back now and I am where I want to be.”

Brian Meehan's newcomer Crown Prosecutor completed his hat-trick by carrying Harry Findlay's famous purple silks to success in the Golf At Goodwood Maiden Auction Stakes.

Money poured on the juvenile and the 3-1 chance overcame signs of greenness to finish his race well and deny Sonning Rose by a neck.

Findlay said: “I am so glad he has won because I went to the Greyhound Derby final on Saturday with dogs legend Don Cuddy.

“Everyone was asking me how Denman was and asking for tips so I told them I had a two-year-old running at Goodwood on Monday. I am so pleased for the dog punters and for the horse.

“It has been an exciting couple of days with Galtymore Lad winning on Friday and both are possible for the Coventry at Ascot.”

John Best's Alfresco (10-1) just qualified for the Watch Racing UK Veterans' Handicap as a six-year-old and the 4-1 chance benefited from the tutelage of Fallon to last home by a neck.

Best said: “He is a bit of a monkey so to have Kieren on his back helps. Kieren gave him a great ride and said he was pulling himself up in the final furlong.”

Fallon initiated his treble aboard Belle Royale, who was bought back by connections for £7,500 after a first success as the 5-4 favourite in the Goodwood Family Fun Day Selling Stakes.

Moore himself clocked up his 50th winner of the campaign as Class Is Class proved just that in the feature Festival Stakes.

Sir Michael Stoute's four-year-old had been sent off favourite for five of his six last starts and rewarded those who kept the faith with his 14-1 strike.

Stoute's travelling head lad Jimmy Scott said: “I am glad for the horse as he has got a lot of ability and we have always rated him.”

Moore made it 52 for the campaign when Seventh Cavalry (7-2) obliged for Alan King in the concluding toteexacta Handicap.

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