Oxted and Cieren Fallon win the Darley July Cup

Darley July Cup report: Oxted strikes for Cieren Fallon


Cieren Fallon rode his first Group One winner as Oxted (12/1) landed the Darley July Cup at Newmarket.

The four-year-old was close to the pace throughout and mastered the trailblazing Golden Horde to go to the front approaching the final furlong.

Frankie Dettori, who needs this race to complete a full-set of the British top flight prizes, tracked him through on the strong-travelling Sceptical (18/5) but he was never reeling him in.

At the line a length-and-a-quarter separated the pair with 2/1 favourite Golden Horde a neck away in third. Many firms were paying four places and Khaadem (13/2) filled that spot.

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"I'm speechless, I can't believe it," the winning rider told ITV Racing. "I was just a passenger on a very good horse today. Mr Teal and the team back home have done an incredible job.

"There was a lot of pressure going into a Group One like this. I spoke to my dad beforehand and my jockey coach Michael Tebbutt and went into the office to see my boss Mr Haggas too. I'm very lucky to have the support around me that I have to keep me progressing.

"Dad said keep it simple, jump out, stay in a straight line, don't take him back, don't push and keep him travelling. Hold him together to the dip then let him go and see what's underneath you. That's what I did today, kept it simple. What a horse."

A huge moment for Roger Teal and Cieren Fallon - Oxted wns the July Cup

Kieren Fallon said of his son: "He’s got it – I know he’s got it. It was difficult for the young lads to get going again, but he’s had a couple of decent winners now and when you’re on a roll, things fall your way.

"He’s got so much confidence – I wish I had half his confidence when I was riding.

"William has done so much with him behind the scenes. He has sent him to Australia and he has sent him to America. He’s doing everything to get him where needs to be at.

"He works hard and he’s dedicated, but without William he wouldn’t be having this success. He’s done a great job with him."

Winning trainer Roger Teal was also winning his first Group One and could not hide his delight.

Teal said: "It’s no surprise at all. We worked him last week and the lad who rode him said ‘he wins the July Cup’.

"I said to Cieren to keep it simple as there had been winners coming down the middle the last couple of races.

"We knew Golden Horde would go forward and I said to just take a lead off him and attack him up the hill. He put the race to bed and won it nicely I thought.

"I’ve had a lot of questions asking why we were still using Cieren as he couldn’t use his claim, but he’s just gelled with this horse and if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

"I said to the owners we couldn’t take him off until he got beat on him. Cieren is inexperienced but he’s very calm.

"Haydock is on the agenda (Sprint Cup) and there’s a race in Deauville (Prix Maurice de Gheest), but we’ll see how he comes out of today. I’m just going to go and get drunk – that’s my plan!"


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