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Saturday rides: Fallon reveals his best chances

Leading Flat jockey Kieren Fallon talks you through his best rides on Saturday

Sadly the authorities now run the July Cup card on the same day as the John Smith's meeting at York, so it is impossible for us to ride in both races.

Thankfully I didn't have to do much soul-searching as to where to go because I am on Society Rock in the July Cup (3.50).

Things didn't work out for him at Royal Ascot in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, yet he still ran a corker. I am going to stick my neck on the block now and say I am very confident of turning the tables on our Ascot conqueror Lethal Force. No sitting on the fence from me there.

Actually the one I fear most is Krypton Factor who I rode in work prior to Royal Ascot. Last year I won the Golden Shaheen on this class act but things went wrong immediately after when he picked up a virus at Kranji and he was never the same again.

I think he poses a major threat to us this week in what looks a high-class renewal of the great sprint.

The Bunbury Cup (3.15) is the big handicap on the card and is a race steeped in history. It is actually run in honour of Sir Charles Bunbury who, while senior steward at the Jockey Club, introduced both the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas Classics to Newmarket.

This is a 7f contest which I have made my own little bit of history in. The reason being I partnered Mine to win the first of his three victories in the race, which is a record as no horse has ever bagged a hat-trick in this ultra-competitive handicap until Mine did so in 2006.

My mount this weekend is George Guru whom I won on at Goodwood this season.

He was pretty good that day winning off a mark of 87, but on Saturday he is on a 6lb higher mark. His two subsequent efforts have both been encouraging and he looks the perfect horse for a race like this as he is battle hardened at this level, while still on a workable mark.

I have a really good book or rides at Newmarket and my final ride of the meeting, Havana Cooler (5.35), could be as good as any.

I won on him last time out in maiden company for which he has been given an opening mark of 83. I think that is quite workable and against some rather exposed sorts he could be very interesting - I do like this horse.

In the Superlative Stakes (2.40) I ride Rosso Corsa for Mick Channon who faces some very smart rivals, but he is experienced and that counts for a lot with juveniles.

Stan Moore has booked me for Tableforten, a Windsor maiden winner who ran okay at Kempton last time. He has bottom weight of 8st 9lb in the nursery (5.00), which is a rarity for me to be on the lowest weight in a handicap. With only four opponents it will be an interesting race.

 
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