Kieren Fallon: made the trip to Ayr pay with an 11-1 double on Monday
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AFTER drawing a blank on his first rides in Britain this year at Musselburgh on Sunday, six-time British Flat champion jockey Kieren Fallon enjoyed a change of fortune in Scotland on Monday as he partnered an 11-1 double for trainer Adrian Keatley at Ayr.
Fallon, who was most recently based in America, made a surprise return to racing in Ireland when revealing plans to link up with Curragh trainer Michael O’Callaghan for the Flat season and the former champion made it clear he was also keen to take rides in Britain this season.
Formerly retained by Ballydoyle trainer Aidan O’Brien, Fallon was off the mark with 9-2 shot Mo Henry in the 6f handicap, before following up with 5-4 favourite Anonymous Lady in the 5f handicap.
‘Ride as many winners as possible’
“I want to make a go of it this season in Ireland and Britain,” said Fallon after his successes. “I’m happy with my riding and feel good.”
He added: “It’s harder to get the rides as you get older but the aim is simply to ride as many winners as possible.”
Fallon, who has partnered two winners from 39 rides in Ireland so far this year, started last season in Britain and rode ten winners during April and May but cut short his stay when he injured his foot in a stalls accident and returned to California.
Despite failing to make the breakthrough he had hoped for in the US, the rider spent most of 2015 there and earlier this year announced his intention to base himself permanently in the country, before he was approached by O’Callaghan.
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