Shirocco Star: a "different proposition" this season according to FallonPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos
Fallon confident Global can put spring in his step
FORMER champion jockey Kieren Fallon thinks William Hill Lincoln runner-up Global Village has the necessary armoury to be a "major player" in Saturday's Berry Bros & Rudd Magnum Spring Cup at Newbury.
Global Village failed by a short-head to overhaul Levitate in the hands of Martin Lane at Doncaster and, with Fallon taking over in the saddle, is as short as 10-1 to go one better in the Spring Cup.
Speaking in his exclusive Weekender column, Fallon said: "Global Village flew at the death in the Lincoln and had he started his run two strides sooner would have won.
"The form of the Lincoln is always very strong and many unlucky losers in that race have gone on to Newbury and run well in this contest.
"If Brian [Ellison, trainer] has him in the same form as he did on Town Moor this horse is going to be a major player in what is always a fascinating early-season handicap."
In last week's Weekender, Fallon nominated ten horses to follow for the Flat season, one of whom impressed the rider in a recent workout.
Fallon added: "Last Friday I had an appointment with one of my ten to follow, as Hughie Morrison asked me to ride Shirocco Star in a piece of work at Kempton.
"I rode her in her final race in 2012 when she was second at the Champions Day meeting, where I felt she was still a big baby, but the filly I rode on Friday morning was a totally different proposition.
"She has filled out and is far more mature in her outlook. I was delighted with the spin we had and I believe Hughie has her pencilled in to start off at Newmarket in the Dahlia Stakes at the Guineas meeting."
Read more from Kieren Fallon in his informative Weekender column - out on Wednesday with the digital edition available from 3am