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Cieren Fallon Jr lands one of the only races that eluded his father

It was pretty much the only race that eluded his father during a stellar career, but the Darley July Cup has proven to be no such obstacle for Cieren Fallon Jr after Saturday’s victory with Oxted at Newmarket.

Kieran Fallon – a six-time Champion Jockey – won the likes of the Derby, the Oaks, 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas on multiple occasions, but Britain’s most prestigious sprint contest remains an omission on his CV.

Yet, Newmarket-based Cieren – appearing in just his second ever Group 1 race – cracked it with an impressive ride onboard Roger Teal’s four-year-old, who triumphed by one-a-quarter length over the Frankie Dettori-ridden Sceptical.

Oxted (Cieren Fallon) winning The Darley July Cup Stakes.. (38447948)
Oxted (Cieren Fallon) winning The Darley July Cup Stakes.. (38447948)

The 21-year-old said: “I always remember what dad has said in the back of my mind.

"He told me to keep it simple, stay straight and make sure I had him well balanced going into the Dip.

“He’s very proud and has helped me a lot this year and last year. He was going to move to America but stuck around to look after me. I cannot thank him enough.”

With regards to Oxted, he added: “I was just a passenger on a very good horse – he’s going places.”