Bookmakers fear ‘Fallon factor’

LEADING bookmakers are fearing the ‘Fallon factor’ ahead of Saturday’s Vodafone Derby at Epsom.

The former champion has been confirmed as the rider of Aidan O’Brien’s Horatio Nelson in the big race, ending speculation after the colt was given the all-clear yesterday morning following a sparkling piece of work on Tuesday.

Ballydoyle also revealed Michael Kinane will ride Dante winner Septimus and Johnny Murtagh will partner Derrinstown Derby Trial winner Dylan Thomas.

The fourth representative for the yard, Mountain, is still without a rider at this stage.

The news left the layers quaking as the weight of money wagered on the horse 24 hours ago had forced his price into 4-1 from double figures.

The son of Danehill was cut to 9-2 from 5s by Ladbrokes and spokesman David Williams said: “The money talked and it made all the right noises. Nobody was surprised when Ballydoyle confirmed what the betting suggested.

“We’re still laying Horatio Nelson whereas support for the French favourite has begun to stall. We’ve eased Visindar for the first time as the Fallon bandwagon gathers pace.”

One horse that will not be seen hurtling around Tattenham Corner is the Barry Hills-trained Olympian Odyssey. He is now set to tackle the French Derby at Chantilly over an extended ten furlongs on Sunday.

The news leaves champion jockey Jamie Spencer with a frantic last minute race for a ride, one he looks like losing.

But one man who has landed a plum mount is Spencer’s main rival for the title, Robert Winston. His services have been snapped up for the Michael Stoute-trained Papal Bull.

Ladbrokes bet: 7-4 Visindar, 9-2 Horatio Nelson, 6-1 Septimus, 7-1 Sir Percy, 12-1 Linda’s Lad, Papal Bull, 14-1 Dylan Thomas, Hala Bek, 16-1 Championship Point, 20-1 Atlantic Waves, 50-1 bar.

Meanwhile, ante-post gamble Galatee has been ruled out of the Vodafone Oaks after she returned “an elevated white cell blood count”.

The daughter of Galileo has won all her three starts in good style and was particularly impressive in the Group Three Blue Wind Stakes at Naas last time.

Disappointed trainer Jim Bolger said: “Galatee will not be travelling to England as she has an elevated white cell blood count. She won’t be doing anything for a week and then we’ll have a look at the Ribblesdale.”

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