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Jockey to follow: Richard Fahey’s 5lb claimer George Chaloner

Identifying a claiming jockey who is already sufficiently good as to make their weight claim a somewhat unfair advantage over their weighing room rivals can be a shortcut to profitable punting, as those who cottoned on to the talents of Darren Edward Egan last term will agree – here news.coral.co.uk focuses on George Chaloner, a potential claimer to follow this term. He rides Tatlisu 16/1 and Spirit Of The Law 5/1 at Chester this afternoon.

In the aftermarth of Address Unknown’s 2013 Chester Cup win it was former champion jockey Jamie Spencer who took the plaudits aboard the victor, but atop the runner-up Ingleby Spirit, 5lb claimer George Challoner reminded punters of his status as a highly promising young rider.

His first season in the game will have attracted the attention of only the most eagle-eyed punters as the Lincolnshire lad scored aboard four of his 12 rides, but his career took off in 2011 when he steered in seven winners and 27 placed horses from his 103 rides. 2012 looked set to be another good year before a schooling yard injury intervened, but Chaloner bounced back to score the biggest win of his career to date when nicking the £30,000 Stewards Sprint Handicap aboard Johannes at Glorious Goodwood (pictured above) on his first ever ride at the undulating South Downs course.

2013 has started exceptionally well for the young rider – attached to Richard Fahey’s yard in Malton, North Yorkshire – with six winners from 22 rides at a strike rate of 22 per cent and a further five of those runners making the frame.

He’s most profitable to follow when riding for boss Fahey, for whom his 14 victories from 114 rides have yielded a £30.55 profit from a £1 level stake and he teams up with the handler’s Tatlisu (4:25) and Sprit Of The Law (5:00) – with whom he seeks a second successive victory – at Chester this afternoon.

Chaloner’s record aboard handicappers this term reads six winners from 21 rides and with both his mounts today going in that sphere he could be poised to paste another big meeting victory into his scrapbook.  He’s two from three aboard three-year-old handicappers in 2012 and rides bottom-weight Tatlisu – down 3lb for a Beverley second last time – in such company this afternoon.