Kieren Fallon's efforts to win this season's jockey's championship take off in earnest today as he has two rides at Haydock this afternoon and four at Sandown this evening. He will be going all out over the last few evening meetings to maximise the chances of winners.
Fallon's belief that he can win a first title since 2003 has been sparked by the injury to Ryan Moore, which is likely to see Moore out of action for the rest of the season. Late on Tuesday evening Moore was successfully operated on, to set a broken thumb and a broken humerus. "I haven't actually spoken to him, I've spoken to his partner, Michelle, who has been with him all night," said mother, Jayne Moore. "He came out of surgery at around midnight and all went according to plan - it went extremely well, so the surgeons say.â€
Meanwhile, Fallon is setting about reducing the gap between himself and championship leaders Sylvestre de Sousa and Paul Hanagan. He acknowledged that he hasnâ€™t gone full tilt for a title this season. He said: "I've been lazy all year and haven't been taking that many rides, but I think now we've got a couple of months left, I'm going to throw everything at it and travell everywhere to ride winners. Weâ€™ll see how we go."
Fallon has obvious sympathy for his rival. "Ryan's injury, which thankfully is not quite as serious as first thought, as really opened things up. I know how he must be feeling, as it happens me a few years ago."
Fallon has already picked up the ride on Saptapadi, 7/1 favourite for Yorkâ€™s Ebor, and his agentâ€™s offer of his services to Sir Michael Stoute has landed the ride on Class is Class in the Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock on Saturday. Saptapdaiâ€™s trainer, Brian Ellison said, â€œKieren Fallon will ride Saptapadi, who is three pounds well in according to the handicapper. He's bouncing and was unlucky in the John Smith's Cup.â€
With opportunities like these coming his way, Fallon might yet have the chance to regain the champion jockey title.