KIEREN Fallon expects his old partner Yeats to bag an historic treble in Thursday’s Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.
The seven-year-old will be bidding to equal Sagaro’s hat-trick in the two-and-a-half-mile contest, with Fallon having ridden him for the first of those victories in 2006 when Aidan O’Brien’s retained rider.
Mick Kinane was aboard last year and Johnny Murtagh is set to ride the Sadler’s Wells horse this time around, leaving Fallon confident Yeats can secure his own place in the record books.
“He’s been trained for the race and they’ve always had at the back of their mind that they would like to win three in a row,” said Fallon.
“This is a real top-class horse that stays. There’s nothing else in the race of his calibre. He’s the class horse.
“He won a Leger last year, he’s got speed for a mile and a half, but he stays the trip well – he’s got everything it takes.”
Fallon is currently working for Sir Michael Stoute as he serves out the remainder of his 18-month ban for failing a drugs test.
The six-time champion jockey is keen on the chances of a number of horses from Freemason Lodge, including Ask who will be bidding for a first Group One victory in Wednesday’s feature, the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.
“He was unlucky in Canada (when a nose second in the Canadian International) and should have won from what they tell me,” he said.
“He’s in great form looks well and hopefully he can be a winner for us.”
Fallon also fancies Lang Shining to make the frame in the Royal Hunt Cup.
Second in a Listed event at York last time, Lang Shining is due to clash with Luca Cumani’s hot favourite Bankable, considered by many to be the bet of the meeting.
“There’s no value in the Luca Cumani horse but Lang Shining is improving all the time,” Fallon told At The Races.
“He was probably unlucky (at York) as Jimmy Quinn (on winner Mia’s Boy) was always travelling well on his inside and if he hadn’t have got out when he did, they would have said he was an unlucky horse.
“He’s gone there and thought he’d won his race, eased down and got beat but this horse is improving and I think he’s great each-way value.”
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