Brighton brace for Fallon as Moore fails to return

KIEREN FALLON continued to profit from Ryan Moore’s misfortune as he made an extremely rare but nonetheless successful visit to Brighton yesterday.

Moore had been scheduled to return to the saddle on an utterly wet and miserable afternoon at his hometown track, but the wrist he damaged more than two weeks ago continues to keep him on the sidelines and looks increasingly likely to cost him the chance of retaining his champion jockey title.

Earlier this month Fallon had ridden at Brighton for the first time in five years and he and the Michael Stoute-trained Profondo Rosso – set to have been Moore’s mount – looked equally unfamiliar with the place in the Oddschecker.com Maiden Stakes.

The colt, a home-bred from one of the fine Ballymacoll Stud lines, was fourth to last week’s Acomb Stakes winner Waiter’s Dream on debut at Newbury before just getting touched off at Chester.

The 4-6 favourite wandered all over the track but had enough class to pass Enabling and stretch two and a quarter lengths clear.

Fallon later teamed up with another trainer to have proved a fruitful ally in recent weeks, Mark Johnston, for a fairly uncomplicated triumph on Colepeper (13-8 joint-favourite) in the Food Festival Launches Here 1st September Handicap.

The Irishman rode his first winner of the year for former boss Stoute just a couple of weeks ago aboard Mr Irons at Salisbury and they were quickly reunited in the feature Brighton Food And Drink Festival Handicap. But despite showing prominently, they could only snatch third.

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