Brighton Preview: Fallon the man to follow
Six-time champion jockey Kieren Fallon is riding better than ever this season and looks to have a good chance of landing a treble on this afternoon’s card at Brighton.
Fallon teams up with High Tone in the spirnt handicap that opens proceedings (2.30), and the unexposed filly looks potentially well-treated on the pick of her form.
The daughter of Bertolini ran really well on handicap debut when runner-up to Kohara over course and distance last August, and the winner has gone on to score again since to give the form a solid look in the context of this low grade class 6 contest.
High Tone was the off the track for 314 days before finishing fifth of eight to Tychias over 5f at this track last month, where she travelled strongly for much of the contest before weakening late on.
That run should have blown away the cobwebs and put High Tone spot on for this, and with the setp up 6f expected to suit, the Dean Ivory trained filly looks to have been found a nice opportunity to get off the mark.
In the 7f handicap (3.00), Fallon partners the James Tate trained Bereka who finished a cracking second when last seen in action and looks weighted to go one better.
The daughter of Berolini went down by just a short-head to Moonspring in a 6f maiden at Wolverhamptton, with the pair pulling eight lengths clear of the third.
The winner has since gone on to score three times and is now rated 75, and that makes Bereka’s opening handicap mark of 61 look very lenient.
With the step up to 7f also looking sure to suit, this looks a golden opportunity for the three-year-old to notch her first success.
Fallon rides the veteran Billy Red in the 5f handicap that closes the card (5.30) and the gelding is liekly to take some pegging back if allowed his own way up front.
The 10-year-old is a three times course and distance winner who bounced back to form when making all to gamely beat Victorian Number at Lingfield last month.
The John Jenkins trained son of Dr Fong loves to blast off an play catch-me-if-you-can tactics, and there is every chance that Billy Red could get a soft lead as he faces just two rivals who are best when coming from off the pace.
2.30: High Tone (NB)
3.00: Bereka (NAP)
4.00: Right Of Appeal
4.30: Medburn Cutler
5.00: Who’s That Chick
5.30: Billy Red