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25th Sep 2018

Cieren Fallon picks up first win in only third race as famous father watches on

Michael Corry

Cieren Fallon

Teenager Cieren Fallon followed in his father’s footsteps yesterday when the 19-year-old jockey rode to his first ever victory on board 25-1 outsider Plucky Dip.

Cieren, son of six-time British champion jockey Kieren landed the “Hands and Heels” Apprentice Handicap on Monday at Leicester as his father watched on.

In just his third ride, Fallon looked comfortable throughout the seven furlong race and pushed his lead inside the final furlong before going over the finish line at half a length clear of Peachy Carnehan.

Speaking to the racing post, Fallon Jr said, “That’s my third ride and it feels really good to get the first winner out of the way, as you tend to start wondering if it’s going to happen. It’s a fair weight off my shoulders and now the plan will be to ride a few more winners over the autumn.”

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The apprentice, based with William Haggas in Newmarket, added, “I’ve been keeping my head down and working as hard as I can. I’ll keep doing that. I love what I’m doing. It would be brilliant to be as good as dad was when he was riding at his peak, but that’s a really tall order.”

Father, Kieren was an accomplished champion in horse racing and added that his son is well aware of the pitfalls that come with competing in such a gruelling sport.

“He decided he wanted to be a jockey, and this is the first step for him. There’s an awful long way to go and, as we all know about the racing game, one minute you’re up and the next you’re down”