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Fallon on for fifth jockey’s title

Kieren Fallon may gain unassailable lead in the jockeys’ championship at York this weekend

Champion jockey Kieren Fallon should, to all intents and purposes, tie up his fifth title at York on Saturday.

The flat turf season may not end until 9 November, but three winners on the Knavesmire, aboard Avonbridge, Talbot Avenue and Foretold, would take Fallon 15 clear of his nearest rival, Richard Hughes.

It is particularly pertinent that Hughes has decided to take a weekend off from the championship scene to fulfil riding engagements in America. When he returns he may find 15-strong lead impossible to bridge in the dying embers of the season when winners are so hard to come by.

Fallon has been booked by Cheshire trainer Mick Mullineux for Talbot Avenue in the competitive John Smith’s Sprint Championship Final. Talbot Avenue showed a glimpse of top form when staying on in third behind Charlie Parkes at Haydock last month.

The progressive Avonbridge, from the in-form Roger Charlton stable, followed up a Lingfiled success by winning a Goodwood nursery under topweight and it will take a talented two-year-old to prevent him from completing his hat-trick.

The unraced Foretold hails from the stables of Jeremy Noseda, who has a classy string of juveniles. Foretold will not have to be extra special to make a winning debut inthe Shirley Heights Maiden Stakes.

At Ascot Fancy Lady can return to form in the Cornwallis Stakes. She only just failed to get into the thick of the action at Doncaster last time behind Wunders Dream.

Bright And Clear, on whom Frankie Dettori deputises for the absent Hughes, was upset by the 20-minute delay to her race here last time. She takes on the winner, Love Everlasting again in the Princess Royal Stakes and, provided she is in a better frame of mind, could take her revenge.

Adekshan, trained for the Aga Khan by Sir Michael Stoute, created the right impression on his winning debut at Yarmouth and is expected to follow up in the Tom McGee Autumn Stakes.

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