x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Godolphin places trust in Kieren Fallon ahead of English Derby

Kieren Fallon will cement his position as a fully-fledged Godolphin rider when he gets the leg-up on True Story in the Dante Stakes on Wednesday.

YORK, England // Kieren Fallon will cement his position as a fully-fledged Godolphin rider when he gets the leg-up on True Story in the Dante Stakes on Wednesday.

Ever since Fallon won the English 2,000 Guineas on Night Of Thunder two weeks ago for the Dubai owner Saeed Manana, Godolphin have not hid the fact that they value his contribution at morning track work.

Saeed bin Suroor has stated that the Irishman, 49, forms an important part of his team, and will ride horses alongside Silvestre de Sousa for him this European turf season.

Bin Suroor sees Fallon’s intimate knowledge of Epsom as the key to True Story’s chances in the English Derby, and today’s trial for the first Saturday in June is the reason why Fallon will be in the saddle, and not De Sousa.

De Sousa was on board when True Story won the Feilden Stakes at Newmarket last month by seven lengths.

True Story’s participation in the Group 2 contest over an extended 2,000 metres has been in doubt due to heavy rain on the Knavesmire here, but Fallon reported he would feedback to Bin Suroor that the ground was suitable after winning the Musidora Stakes on Madame Chiang on Wednesday.

“The ground is not bad and is drying out,” the jockey said. “For a horse that wants fast ground it wouldn’t be ideal. If we get a day like we did today we’ll get good ground in time for the race.”

“True Story is in great form.”

True Story faces five rivals including Qatar Racing’s Arod, and Bunker, who is part owned by Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad’s Al Shaqab equestrian operation.

Dubai owner Mohamed Obaida will be represented by Saab Almanal, while Odeon and The Grey Gatsby complete the field.

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