Brown Panther: is available at 25-1 for Saturday's King George at AscotPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Don't write off Panther in King George says Fallon
JOCKEY Kieren Fallon has warned punters not to discount Brown Panther in Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot and believes the improving four-year-old will be 'thereabouts' in the Group 1 contest.
Brown, who won impressively at the royal meeting last season, got back to winning ways on his last start at Pontefract when he powered clear under Fallon to score by seven lengths.
He is available at 25-1 with Paddy Power and bet365 for the Betfair-backed Group 1 contest but Fallon said he expects the Tom Dascombe-trained son of Shirocco to be holding his own against the likes of St Nicholas Abbey.
Kieren Fallon: expects improving Brown Panther to be 'thereabouts'PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
"Brown Panther gave me a good feel at Pontefract," said Fallon.
"That was only a confidence-booster for him but I would expect him to come on a lot. I really like the horse.
"St Nicholas Abbey was very impressive in America [in the Breeders' Cup] and very impressive in the Coronation Cup, but I think Brown Panther will be thereabouts. He's a big improver and deserves to be there.
Quoted in today's Racing Post, Fallon added: "Being able to act on the track is going to help too. He won there when he was still inexperienced and immature, and another big plus is he goes on any ground."