Kieren Fallon looks set to renew his partnership with Ballydoyle in the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday.
The Clare man,who has ridden three previous winners of the classic, has turned down the mount on Native Khan, and all the indications are that he will now ride Recital for Aidan O’Brien. Fallon teamed up with the colt in the Derrinstown Trial last month and while the horse didn’t impress all with his attitude on that occasion, he remains second favourite for the race.
Connections of Native Khan had hoped Fallon would take the mount on the 2000 Guineas third after partnering the grey in a spin round the track last week. The colt’s trainer Ed Dunlop was disappointed with Fallon’s decision:
“Obviously I’m disappointed for the clients who specifically wanted Kieren, but the enticement of the great Ballydoyle battleship steered him towards their horse. Hopefully when we confirm our replacement I’ll be very happy with the situation.
“The horse is very well. We must not forget he has run five times and Fallon has actually only ridden him twice. Obviously it’s a late change, but we’ll be very happy with the deputy we will almost certainly have.”
Fallon will also ride Wonder Of Wonders for Ballydoyle in Friday’s Investec Oaks at Epsom.
Anne-Marie O’Brien confirmed the news on Twitter this afternoon. Ryan Moore partnered the filly when she won the Cheshire Oaks but has been claimed to ride Sir Michael Stoute’s Havant at this week. Ballydoyle have turned to their former stable jockey Fallon who also rides Recital in the Investec Derby on Saturday.
O’Brien wrote: “Kieran Fallon will ride Wonder Of Wonders in the Oaks on Friday and Seamus Heffernan will ride Misty For Me. It is possible that we will also run Why and Eirnin in Epsom on Friday.”