Fallon out to give it the full Nelson

KIEREN FALLON will bid to cement his position as the undisputed King of Epsom with success aboard Horatio Nelson in the Vodafone Derby today.

The 41-year-old former champion is on the crest of a wave following a superb success on Alexandrova in the Oaks, and is out to claim his fourth success in the world’s most famous Flat race since 1999.

Fallon had the choice of five mounts for the Coolmore operation, but has opted for Stan James 2000 Guineas eighth Horatio Nelson, who is a 4-1 chance with Coral.

“When you win the Oaks you can’t but go into the Derby full of confidence. My confidence is flowing and hopefully it can flow through to Horatio Nelson,” he said.

“Hopefully I’ve chosen the right one and he can do it on the day.”

The Danehill colt has been the subject of a serious plunge in the market since news leaked he had worked extremely well at Ballydoyle on Tuesday. “Horatio worked brilliantly the other day. He’s in great order, he’ll love the ground and he’ll come into his own here. I’m confident anyway,” Fallon told Racing UK.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien also runs totesport Dante hero Septimus, Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial winner Dylan Thomas, along with runner-up Mountain, while Fallon could have also ridden the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Papal Bull.

O’Brien added: “When you go into the Derby with the winner of the Dante and the winner of the Derrinstown, traditionally the two strongest trials for the Derby, you can’t help but think you might have a chance.

“And to have Horatio as well, I hope we can get another result but I’ll be delighted if they all just do themselves justice.”

Thirty years may have elapsed since Empery plundered the blue riband for France but hopes are high in the Andre Fabre camp that Visindar can become the first winner from across the Channel since 1976.

Fabre himself is no stranger to Epsom defeat having seen the likes of Toulon, Cloudings and Pennekamp all fall by the wayside on the first Saturday in June but he appears to hold the ace this time around.

A son of 2000 Derby winner Sinndar, Visindar is unbeaten in three career outings and hailing from a stable with enormous strength in depth, he heads the market at around 2-1.

“On ability, Visindar is good enough to win the Derby, but in terms of experience who knows?” said Fabre.

“Visindar should cope with Epsom, he’s well-balanced, he’s got a good action, he’ll stay, and he’s got an excellent temperament – he’s very laid-back.

“The one thing against him is he lacks experience. The maidens in France, don’t have many runners, they all get into their positions, it’s not rough like the Derby can be.”

Visindar did not make his debut until November last year when winning at Saint-Cloud and has followed up that success with victories at Longchamp and in the Prix Greffulhe back at Saint-Cloud last time.

“I’m very happy with his progress since the Greffulhe,” Fabre continued.

“I was only able to run him once at two as he was too immature but three runs before the Derby is fine.”

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