Sea Lord Sails Home for Fallon

Kieren Fallon and mount Sea Lord showed themselves to be a perfect duo, as they kept off the challenge by Poet's Voice, to get over the line first by just a nose, in a exciting end to the Salisbury feature event of the season, the Sovereign Stakes.

Kieren Fallon

Kieren Fallon

After grabbing a hat-trick on Wednesday, Fallon guided the Mark Johnston trained Sea Lord in an impressive performance, showing he is riding just as well now as he was after his return to racing last year.

Making astounding advancement on the handicap ladder, the front-running three-year-old had a victory two weeks ago, after Johnston entered him in the valued totesport Mile at Goodwood, in spite of being aware that he had the quality to compete in events such as this Group Three.

Fallon soon moved his mount into the front of the field, eventually making all, but the challengers such as Fair Trade, Dream Eater and Hearts of Fire, kept close at the two-furlong marker battling to overtake.

Sea Lord held them at bay not letting any of them pass, with Ted Durcan on mount Poet's Voice putting up a final challenge, not quite getting there to be beaten by a nose, with Secrecy a further three quarters of a length back in third place.

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"Ted was coming at me fast; he knew to go wide because of what Mark Johnston's horses are like in a battle," said Fallon.

"He has done well in handicaps and carried a lot of weight at Goodwood. He's tough and genuine.

"You have to wind him up, but riding horses like that make you feel good."

Commenting on his recent run, Fallon added: "I had a couple of days off to freshen up. You need it.

"It's been a good season and Luca Cumani's horses are in great form. It's York next week and I'm also going to America to ride Summit Surge in the Arlington Million."

Trainer's wife, Deirdre Johnston said, "He's just so tough and a fantastic horse; he has won six out of his last seven and the only time he was beaten was at Royal Ascot when he had a bad draw.

"We knew he was a Group horse before Goodwood but we went for a handicap there for the prize money. He has quite a few entries abroad so we'll have to sit down and take a look."

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