Fallon’s son Cieren is off to Australia to ride for Hayes
ON MONDAY I had the pleasure of attending the racing at Plumpton and it was wonderful to be there to see KALASHNIKOV win by 18 lengths for Newmarket trainer Amy Murphy.
He will run next on December 27 at Kempton in the Wayward Lad chase. He is a fine prospect but stiffer opposition await when he is upped in class.
CIEREN Fallon junior, son of former champion Kieren, is wintering in Australia with trainer David Hayes.
Cieren is apprenticed here at HQ with trainer William Haggas and William felt a spell away in Australia would be good experience for his young rider.
He will be back early March in time to ride work on the Newmarket gallops and continue his learning for the new season.
WE will all be pleased to see Lester Piggott back here at Newmarket with his daughter Maureen at Somerville Lodge.
Sadly, he has had to spend time in hospital this week in London. Maureen reports Lester to be in good spirits and hopes to have him home soon. It is always lovely talking with him whenever I see him at the yard.
JOHN Gosden gives a second run to Frankel colt NEW KING at Wolverhampton at 5.45 this evening under Rob Havlin for Qatar Racing. He has come on well for his first run when he finished fourth under a nice considerate ride.
Hopes are high he can step forward again and run well today for the Clarehaven yard.
CASANOVER has also progressed very well for his recent introductory race and will have one more run this winter before being put away for the turf season.
HQ trainer Mark Tompkins was sad to hear his former stable stalwart SMOKEY OAKEY had to be put down this week at the age of 14. He injured himself in his stable at the East Park Riding Establishment near Lingfield where he was in retirement.
He landed the Lincoln Handicap and the Brigadier Gerard Stakes in 2008 when owned by Dame Judi Dench.