Posted: 29th May 2016
Kieren Fallon: speaks to Sir Michael Stoute after working Across The Stars
KIEREN FALLON boasts a 100 per cent record for Sir Michael Stoute in the Investec Derby and the man who mastered Epsom like nobody else since Lester Piggott is full of confidence he can extend that unbeaten association on Saturday aboard 33-1 outsider Across The Stars.
Fallon was once the automatic choice for punters in Flat racing's greatest prize, earning the nickname ‘King Kieren' in part thanks to a series of sublime efforts at a track where his winning Group 1 haul numbers four Oaks, three Coronation Cups and, most importantly, the Derby on three occasions.
Two of those Derby wins came on his only two rides in the race for former boss Stoute, with whom he successfully teamed up on Kris Kin in 2003 and North Light in 2004. Twelve years on from that Classic triumph the once-lethal duo will be reunited with unlucky Lingfield trial third Across The Stars in a Derby whose value could well exceed £1.5 million.
'He's an ideal type for the Derby'
"I couldn't be going into the race with more confidence," said Fallon. "This is a horse we really like. The more times I've ridden him the more confident I've become.
"He's a lovely, big, easy type who covers a lot of ground. He'll definitely stay and I'd have said he's an ideal type for the Derby. Knowing the feel my lad has given me, I wouldn't swap him for anything."
Ranger the chief danger
Fallon believes US Army Ranger is the biggest threat to Across The Stars though revealed some of the shrewdest people in the Stoute yard fancy the Saeed Suhail-owned colt.
He said: "He looks like one who is getting better and better, but some of the judges in the yard are quietly confident and backed him a good while ago. They always thought he was a Derby horse, so it's not as though he's been pitched in at the last minute."
Read the full story on Fallon and Andrea Atzeni's thoughts on the Investec Derby in today's Racing Post, also available on iPad now
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