Salisbury Hat-Trick for Fallon

Kieren Fallon had a successful day on Wednesday at Salisbury, grabbing a treble with his victory on Alsace Lorraine in the European Breeders' Fund Upavon Fillies' Stakes (Listed Race).

Kieren Fallon

Kieren Fallon

The James Fanshawe trained race favourite had the best form coming in to the event, due to placing fourth behind Strawberrydaiquiri and Spacious in the Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot, but she did not appear to be moving well a couple of furlongs from home.

Fallon's mount was stuck in on the fence but quickened well after finding a gap, with the jockey urging Alsace Lorraine into the lead when it counted, defeating Gallic Star by a neck, with Mudaaraah in third place by a further neck.

"She and Spacious are the apples of my eye and I'm so pleased for her owner Craig Bennett, as she has got some proper black type now," said trainer James Fanshawe.

"It has been one of those seasons where races like that haven't gone our way.

"She's in a couple of Group races in Ireland and she might go for one of those.

"Spacious will probably run in the Atalanta Stakes at Sandown a week on Saturday. She's something else at home but when Alsace Lorraine is on fire, there's not much between them."

Fallon replaced the hurt Ryan Moore for Sir Michael Stoute, to ride Mr Irons in the Goldring Security Services Pembroke Cup.

Though his mount was challenged under pressure over 2 furlongs out, Fallon pushed on driving ahead and staying on well to defeat second placed Faithful One by a length and a quarter.

"That's my first for Sir Michael this year - I had one last year for him as well," said Fallon.

The Stevens Garner Ltd Nursery was the first part of the treble, with Fallon on race favourite Orientalist, defeating runner up Shewalksinbeauty by half a length.

Trainer Eve Johnson Houghton said, "He's a really tough little competitor and the perfect syndicate horse as he always runs his race.

"He and Kieren were the perfect combination."

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