A jockey has been slapped with a two-day ban after using profane language at Glorious Goodwood. Cieren Fallon was involved in a minor incident just before the Whispering Angel Oak Tree Stakes race and was overheard by two spectators and a veterinary officer.
His horse Happy Craft seemed frustrated at the start line and was aggrieved that Marco Ghiani headed past him at speed on his Soft Whisper horse. "I said, 'What the f*** did you do that for?'" Fallon, 24, told theRacing Post.
Fallon's 125-1 mount ran around him before the race kicked off, after he dismounted the longshot. He decided to walk the five-year-old to the seven furlong start at the West Sussex venue.
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The stewards' report read: "An enquiry was held following a report that Cieren Fallon had used abusive language towards Marco Ghiani on the way to the start. Fallon, Ghiani and the Veterinary Officer were interviewed. Having heard their evidence, Fallon was found guilty of improper conduct and suspended for two days." Fallon's two-day ban covers August 10-11.
Fallon, son of legendary jockey Cieron, endured a terrible race as he finished last, while Ghiani came 11th on Soft Whisper, who was found to have bled from the nose. Pre-race favourite and William Buick's mount Oscula, trained by George Boughey for Nick Bradley Racing, took the win ahead of Internationalangel and Samahram.
Boughey said post race: "Oscula is a real flagbearer for Nick Bradley who is a big supporter of the yard. She just keeps trying. My girlfriend Laura rides her out so it is a special success. She has run four times in July and I think she is peaking here. To have run four days ago, she is a remarkable horse.
"I sent a video to Nick and William Buick of Oscula charging round the paddock yesterday evening, she is a remarkable horse. She puts her weight on within 24 hours and she is a real star. It was a tough watch, but William is a huge part of the team so it was great. I've put her in a race in France in 10 days' time so we might go there."
Bradley was delighted for the win after after some recent heartbreaking defeats, and explained the horse’s long-term aim. "I'm absolutely delighted. Ascot was heartbreaking, she was winning everywhere bar the line," he shared. "For a horse to do that on Saturday and then come and do this is unreal, she's just so tough.
“She's the horse of a lifetime, the horse of many lifetimes. She's an absolute machine. Her constitution is unreal, her soundness in unreal, her will to win is unreal. She just keeps doing it over and over again. We've ridden her tactically a bit differently this year, we've held her up a bit more and she's finished her races better.
"At Ascot I thought she had won everywhere bar the line, here I thought she was beat everywhere bar the line! She's in at Deauville on the 15th, William has said to give her a break. The Foret is her long-term aim."
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