Cheshire-based Tom Dascombe has surprisingly booked former champion jockey Keiren Fallon to partner his live Group 1 Ladbrokes St Leger contender Brown Panther in Saturday’s big race, writes Elliot Slater.
Most observers had assumed that Richard Kingscote, who has been on board the Michael Owen-owned colt for all seven of his career outings, would be in the saddle once again in the final classic of the 2011 British Flat racing season, but Fallon’s agent Terry Norman has confirmed that the Irishman was invited to ride the Royal Ascot winner and has gladly accepted the role.
Fallon’s booking will doubtless come as a major blow to Kingscote, stable jockey to the Tom Dascombe yard and who has been perceived as doing little wrong on the talented colt during his two seasons in racecourse action and has always been among the racing betting tips. After winning on Brown Panther on his racecourse bow last winter, Kingscote went on to partner him to further successes in handicaps at Chester and Haydock this spring, before doing everything right as the pair hacked up in tremendous style to beat current St Leger third-favourite Census by an easy six-lengths in the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot in June.
Only fifth when favourite for the German Derby on his next outing on heavy ground, new tactics were employed on the son of Scirocco at Newbury last month where he was held up before keeping on into second place behind old rival Census in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes. Generally on offer at around 10/1 to win the Town Moor spectacular,Brown Panther will bid to give Fallon a first win in the world’s oldest classic race.
Sir Michael Stoute’s Sea Moon remains a solid 5/4 favourite for the race, dual classic heroine Blue Bunting is offered at 4/1, Census can still be backed at best racing odds of 5/1, and it’s 8/1 bar the three.