Kieren Fallon: "I’ve got every chance of being be up at the top"PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Kieren Fallon issues warning to title rivals
KIEREN FALLON has issued a warning to his weighing-room colleagues after saying he will be hungrier than any other jockey this season as he tries to claim a first Flat jockeys' championship since 2003.
Speaking from the UAE where he is based for the 2011 Dubai Carnival, Fallon told Racing UK: "This year I'll be really hungry, probably more so than any other jockey and I'm going to be working really hard.
"With Luca [Cumani] having a strong team of horses, and if Mark [Johnston] continues to use me, then I've got every chance of being be up at the top when it matters."
Six-time champion Fallon was shortened to 3-1 (from 7-2) by Stan James after revealing his aims, while the firm also pushed out favourite Ryan Moore to 11-10 (from 4-5).
Fallon feels his experience could give him a vital edge in the title challenge. He said: "I have done it many times before and know what it takes and how to pace myself."
Reflecting on last season's championship, he added: "[Richard Hughes] did take some days off and then all of a sudden he went for it - but if you're going for the championship you can't afford to take one day off.
"In the end he just killed himself, taking in all the night meetings and going for ten to 12 rides a day."
Fallon has ridden five winners so far this UAE season and has singled out the Saeed Nasser Al Romaithi-owned Marinous, who finished sixth behind Workforce in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, as his big hope on Dubai World Cup night on March 26.
Fallon added: "He is the one I am really looking forward to and we are hoping he will make his mark in the Dubai Sheema Classic."