Kieren & Cieren Fallon: Father and son on profitable, driving and the long run

Kieren & Cieren Fallon: Father and son on profitable, driving and the long run

Kieren Fallon and Cieren Fallon
Former champion jockey Kieren Fallon together with his son Cieren, the champion apprentice jockey
Date: Saturday, 17 October Venue: Ascot Racecourse Race occasions: 13:20-16:15 BST
Protection: Updates on BBC Radio 5 dwell

Six-time champion jockey Kieren Fallon says he admires the main focus and work ethic of his son Cieren, who’s forging his personal profitable racing profession.

Fallon junior solely began driving aged 18 and inside three years has secured a Group One win and an enormous retainer.

On Saturday, he seeks extra success on Oxted at Ascot’s British Champions Day.

“He is very devoted. I want I would the identical mentality, I would most likely nonetheless be driving,” says Kieren, 55, whose rollercoaster profession resulted in 2016.

Cieren, who grew up in Wigan together with his mom Julie, was gifted at a number of sports activities, together with soccer, rugby league and athletics.

Then in the future he checked out photographs of his father profitable huge races and determined he needed to comply with swimsuit.

He headed to the British Racing Faculty, was supported by coach William Haggas and has proved a pure, now on monitor to be champion apprentice jockey for the second yr operating.

“I had by no means actually been fascinated about horse racing and by no means understood it,” recollects Cieren, who rides the Roger Teal-trained July Cup winner Oxted within the Champions Dash Stakes on Saturday.

“Using a horse gave me a sense I would by no means had earlier than and I am studying on a regular basis.

“I feel I’ve obtained an excellent work ethic. It is all about health, whether or not that is bodily or psychological.”

Cieren Fallon has followed in his father's footsteps despite only riding horses for the first time when he was 18
Cieren Fallon has adopted in his father’s footsteps regardless of solely driving horses for the primary time when he was 18

Fallon and Fallon – evaluate and distinction

Punters nicknamed Fallon senior ‘King Kieren’. He rode for prime trainers together with Sir Henry Cecil, Sir Michael Stoute and Aidan O’Brien, and received the Derby at Epsom 3 times.

He additionally served two bans after testing optimistic for cocaine and was dramatically cleared on the Previous Bailey of race-fixing allegations.

“The way in which we have been introduced up it was tough and prepared and difficult,” says Irishman Kieren.

“Cieren’s had a superb grounding, obtained good household round him. All of it factors in the best path. He loves his horses as properly, which is essential.”

Kieren retired after affected by melancholy however seems in upbeat temper as he talks about his son and driving out in Newmarket for coach Ed Dunlop, for whom he received the Oaks with Ouija Board.

“It makes me smile within the morning once I go in there. You need to be in a yard the place you’ve enjoyable and revel in it. For me it does not really feel like work,” he says.

Oxted winning the July Cup at Newmarket under Cieren Fallon
Cieren Fallon received the July Cup with Oxted at Newmarket – a monitor his father says is the toughest within the nation to journey due to its undulations

‘A job I could not flip down’

Cieren’s ascendancy was confirmed in August when he was recruited by Qatar Racing on a two-year deal to be second rider behind champion jockey Oisin Murphy.

“It was an enormous shock to me, I am not going to lie. To be supplied a job like that is unimaginable. I could not flip it down,” he says.

With uncertainty over the instant way forward for his good friend and colleague Murphy, who awaits the results of a B pattern after a optimistic check for cocaine – a drug he denies taking – there might be huge alternatives to come back.

However Fallon is able to take a lesson from his father in profitable when the percentages are towards him – Kieren’s last Traditional triumph got here aboard 40-1 shot Evening Of Thunder within the 2,000 Guineas six years in the past.

“My dad received on horses that should not have received on paper and I will be driving in races the place it seems I’ve no likelihood,” says Cieren, who received on a 200-1 outsider earlier within the season and a 50-1 likelihood final week.

Kieren admits to worrying about his son earlier than an enormous race, although he by no means felt nervous when driving himself – a trait he appears to have handed on.

“That is the one factor about him. He does not panic, he takes every part in his stride and he thinks he can win on something as properly,” he says.

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