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Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Cieren Fallon out to keep his bright start going in Brighton finale

John Ryan, Laura Pearson, Plucky Dip and Cieren Fallon at Cadland Stables
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Apprentice Cieren Fallon bids to extend the bright start to his career in the saddle when he takes his fifth ride in public on Queen Adelaide in the closing 1m4f Brighton Lions Firework Display 4th November Apprentice Handicap (5.05) at Brighton.

The 19-year-old has not finished out of the first two in his four rides to date and registered his first winner for Queen Adelaide's trainer John Ryan when Plucky Dip scored at 25-1 at Leicester last month.

Since then, the son of six-time British champion jockey Kieren was beaten just a neck on Shortbackandsides at Ripon on September 29.

Attached to the William Haggas stable, Fallon jnr already has an agent in the shape of Phil Shea, who has the likes of Josephine Gordon and Nicola Currie on his books.

Cieren Fallon and his father, Kieren

Fallon's mount Queen Adelaide is returning to turf after failing to stay two miles on the all-weather at Lingfield last time and is better judged on her third to Nibras Galaxy over a mile and six furlongs at Yarmouth.

Ryan said: "Cieren has a 100 per cent record for us and long may it continue. I don't think Queen Adelaide quite stayed last time and this drop back in trip should help.

"I think she'll be fine on the track and goes there with a good each-way chance." 

Massini's Trap on his travels again

Irish trainer James Nash has his first ever Flat runner at Catterick in the shape of Massini's Trap, who is ridden by Luke Morris in the Skyram Handicap (3.10).

The nine-year-old is making his third consecutive appearance in Britain and has gone full circle after appearing in Wales (Chepstow) and Scotland (Kelso) in recent months.

Massini's Trap: runs at Catterick

Nash's veteran struck at the Welsh course when scoring under Liam Keniry and then finished a respectable third over hurdles at Kelso.

Morris certainly knows his way around Catterick and it would be no surprise to see him making the running on the dour stayer. 

Machell out to place – or better

Cambridgeshire-based builder Colin Murfitt probably will not be at Brighton to see his juvenile Machell Place try to lose his maiden tag at the fourth time of asking in the British EBF Novice Stakes (3.00).

Murfitt's youngster is named after a yard he owns in Newmarket which he currently leases out to Ed Vaughan. Ironically it was the Vaughan-trained Dubai Dominion who proved the undoing of the Dutch Art colt on his penultimate start at Newmarket in July.

Unfortunately, the youngster failed to build on that run when sent off 4-7 favourite at Yarmouth the following month, when he could finish only third behind Dutch Treat.

Off the course since then, Machell Place has been working nicely on the all-weather surfaces at Newmarket of late and is fancied to recoup those heavy losses.

Murfitt said: "I was a bit annoyed, to say the least, when Ed Vaughan's beat Machell Place at Newmarket, but it was all good sport. Machell Place always works well at home and I've seen him on the gallops myself lately."

Rashaan 'should be hard to beat'

Rashaan has done trainer Colin Kidd proud and took his tally to 12 when winning a 2m2f Grade 3 chase at the Galway festival in August.

The six-year-old, who has won eight races over hurdles, three on the Flat and one over fences, returns to Ballybrit, with the form of his latest victory having been well advertised, to take on five rivals in the Ryans Cleaning Chase (3.45) over 2m6½f.

Kidd said: "Rashaan is in good form. We freshened up after his win at the festival and he's been doing everything right at home.

Rashaan (red cap) is back for more at Galway

"He has more than half a mile further to go this time, but he has won over three miles over hurdles and the step up in distance shouldn't be a problem. He always does his best work towards the end of his races. With a clear round and luck in running he should be hard to beat."

Willie Mullins is represented by Minella Beau, a course-and-distance winner in August before being let down by his jumping at Listowel last month, while Gordon Elliott runs the experienced Woods Well, who will be making his first appearance since April.

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