‘My dad made a lot of mis­takes – he’s there to stop me do­ing the same’

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“There were pho­to­graphs around the house [of rid­ing] and that sort of thing,” he ex­plains. “One morn­ing, I woke up and I thought, ‘I’ve done all these sports but this is what I’d want to do’. Mum was very sur­prised and a bit 50:50 about it. Dad was more shocked than any­one but, I think, he was happy in­side and he brought me down to New­mar­ket.”

At Kirby’s farm, in­stead of go­ing for­ward, the cob he rode reared up with him. Far from be­ing fazed, Fal­lon re­calls get­ting a buzz from it. He has not looked back nor, it seems, taken a false step. His fa­ther is one men­tor, along with his two jockey coaches. “Dad made a lot of mis­takes,” he points out. “He’s there to make sure, hope­fully, I don’t make the same mis­takes. Ryan Moore and Kieren Fal­lon – both very tal­ented, but brought up dif­fer­ently and if I model my­self on Ryan Moore, as a per­son or jockey, I won’t go far wrong.”

So of­ten, the key to a suc­cess­ful ap­pren­tice and a fu­ture be­yond his ap­pren­tice­ship is his “mas­ter”, and while the as­tute Wil­liam Hag­gas might have sup­plied Fal­lon with only two win­ners, he has been a daily sound­ing board, has used his vast ex­pe­ri­ence to “man­age” him and he is im­mensely proud of the jockey’s achieve­ment and ex­cited about his fu­ture.

“We weren’t plan­ning to go for it [the ti­tle] this year,” re­calls Fal­lon. “At one stage, I was 16 win­ners be­hind but when I had nar­rowed the gap to two, I asked the boss and my agent if it would be OK to try and win the ti­tle. They agreed we wouldn’t change any­thing, but that we’d go for a few more rides.

“Mr Hag­gas has brought me up very well; we have chats about lit­tle things. If I ride a good race, he texts me; if I ride a bad race, he speaks to me the next morn­ing. He’ll ask me where I’m rid­ing and tell me ev­ery­thing he knows about the course. Mum was quite

Big boots to fill: Cieren Fal­lon knows em­u­lat­ing his fa­ther will be a chal­lenge

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