CIEREN FALLON, who rode Sharp Distinction once last year at Kempton, when second, had the leg up on the horse early this morning as the 3yo chesnut did a spin on the Watered Gallop at Newmarket.
The 75-rated son of Tamayuz, owned by Solario Racing (Berkhamsted) had all three juvenile runs on the polytrack at Kempton and Dean Ivory was keen to get him some experience of working on the grass ahead of his seasonal reappearance.
Cieren Fallon, number one rider for Qatar Racing, has a busy schedule each morning and had already ridden out for Willie Haggas before riding work for Solario Racing at 6.30am!
Sharp Distinction worked with an older filly, Hot Chesnut, a 72-rated daughter of Camacho, who dead-heated last year over 1m 1/2 furlong at Nottingham. The pair arrived at Amy Murphy’s stables and were unloaded and then ridden the short distance to the Watered Gallop.
The two chesnuts set off at the 10f pole and went a nice gallop. There was no doubt Hot Chesnut worked the better of the two but she is an older horse and does tend to work well in the mornings. However, Cieren Fallon was pleased with Sharp Distinction. He felt he handled the undulations well and said the gallop will have brought him on. The horses cooled down before walking back to Southgate Stables to be hosed down and then it was back to Harper Lodge Farm.
Dean was pleased with the work and felt the experience of going on the grass for the first time will have done him the power of good. In terms of when he races, Sharp Distinction needs to do a few more pieces of work and then he should be ready to go. He’s a big, long striding horse who wouldn’t want quick ground, so we’ll keep an eye on the weather and the going, when deciding where to run him.