Kieren Fallon has admitted his concern to those placing free bets that the title of Champion Jockey is slipping away from him this season.
The six-times former winner has 81 wins to his name this season, 17 fewer than defending champion Paul Hanagan.
Last year, Hanagan notched up 191 race wins, and will be looking to do even better this time around.
His form looks ominous, and with Fallon having not ridden a winner this week, catching him looks a tough job.
Fallon said: “I’m trying my best, but the boys up north, I don’t know why it is, they’re riding a lot more winners than 15 years ago.
“Paul’s riding doubles or trebles every day, [Silvestre] de Sousa the same thing.”
Speaking to the Guardian, Fallon confessed that a lot can change in the racing world over the course of a week.
But with his own form struggling, he has been unable to make up ground in the race for the title.
Fallon added: “At the end of this week I thought I’d be a lot closer.
“But Paul’s ridden trebles two days on the run. If I don’t get close in the next couple of weeks, it’s going to be tough.”
The Irish jockey has not given up hope of winning just yet, however. Those looking to place a free bet on him take note. An upturn in form for him could see a dramatic change in the standings.
Fallon’s agent, the broadcaster, Terry Norman reacted to Fallon’s comments on Twitter, by reassuring punters who have money on Fallon.
He tweeted: “If you have backed Kieren for the title, he has NOT given up. Frustrating few days, but still plenty to come for the rest of the week.”
He later added: “There is still 11 weeks to go.”