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Fallon and O’Brien join forces for probable 32/1 Epsom double

| 31.05.2011

Kieren Fallon has a strong chance of landing a big Epsom double after securing top rides in both the Derby and the Oaks.

Fallon has reformed his partnership with former employer Aidan O’Brien and will ride Wonder Of Wonders in Friday’s Oaks before taking the mount of Recital for the Derby the following day.

A big Derby decision was given to Fallon as he was also approached by trainer Ed Dunlop to ride Native Khan, who certainly has solid claims after finishing third behind Frankel in the 2000 Guineas earlier this month.

However, the decision has been made to partner Recital, with the horse solid at 7/1 in the Derby odds to provide Fallon with a fourth victory in the Epsom Classic.

Fallon did ride Recital on his last start in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown, where he was a relatively cosy winner despite running slightly green in the closing stages.

Recital is considered to be the leading contender of O’Brien’s four Derby hopes, although Seville is certainly not without a chance.

Seville finished second in the Dante Stakes on his first start of the season and O’Brien’s other horses this season have all stepped up markedly on their opening runs.

Christophe Soumillon will ride Seville in the Derby, with the horse also 7/1, while Native Khan is 12/1.

Meanwhile, Wonder Of Wonders is 3/1 to win the Oaks and represents the first time that Fallon will climb on board the horse for a race.

Wonder Of Wonders was an impressive winner of the Cheshire Oaks on her latest start and certainly has a pedigree to suggest that she can repeat the double achieved by Light Shift in 2007.

Punters fancying Fallon to enjoy Epsom success can take advantage of odds of a 32/1 double that both Recital and Wonder Of Wonders win their respective Classics.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.