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Society Rock, Haydock 8.9.12

Society Rock: dual Group 1 winner has best claims at York, says Fallon

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Society Rock is the one to beat at York says Fallon

SOCIETY ROCK is the one to beat in Wednesday's Group 2 Duke of York Stakes, in-form rider Kieren Fallon believes.

Fallon partners the James Fanshawe-trained dual Group 1 winner in the 6f sprint, for which the bookies make him 6-1 third favourite behind Mince and Tickled Pink, but the former champion jockey believes his mount boasts the strongest credentials.

The jockey writes in his column for the Weekender: "This horse has to be up for top sprint honours again following his success in the Group 1 Haydock Sprint last year.

"He is a very versatile horse who was unlucky not to win first time out in this race 12 months ago, but for being stopped when making his move.

"James’ horses are running better now which is a good sign and if we get the rub of the green mine is the one to beat."

Society Rock was third in the Duke of York last year before finishing fifth behind Black Caviar in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and winning his Haydock Group 1.

Fallon adds: "Form and statistics both suggest I am right. In the last eight years only one winner has been younger than five, and these two are four. Add to that the desperate record of the fairer sex in this contest and my fellow is the pick.

"On the pick of form my lad stands out as he is a dual Group 1 winner on soft and firm ground."

Read the thoughts of Kieren Fallon exclusively in his column for the Weekender, on sale Wednesday

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