The son of six-time champion Kieren Fallon had no immediate ambition to follow in his father’s footsteps and did not sit on a racehorse until he was 18.
But he has quickly established himself as a phenomenal young talent and 2020 was a year to savour for him. He was retained to ride by Qatar Racing Limited, won his first Group 1 aboard Oxted in the Darley July Cup (below) and was crowned champion apprentice for a second time – becoming the first rider o retain the title in 32 years.
The 21-year-old said: “It’s an amazing achievement for me, it is something I set out to do after the success of last year. I’ve been very lucky to have the people I have around me to help me achieve these goals – my jockey coach, nutritionist, a great boss in Sheikh Fahad, William and Maureen Haggas, my mum and dad. They are all the best at what they do, so I’m very lucky to be in the position.
“Winning the July Cup with Oxted is obviously the greatest highlight of my year and a memorable day. It’s been an amazing two years really, but I don’t want to be overlooked as an apprentice anymore, Oxted has taken me into that Group level, and I want to continue making the step up onto the next level.”
William Haggas, with whom Fallon is based, said: “Cieren has done amazingly well since he started in racing and his achievement in winning two apprentice titles tells only half the story. It is well documented that he spent his young life with his mother in Wigan and he came to Newmarket when he was “17 having asked his Mother if he could learn to ride. Following a spell at the British Racing School, he came to us and has progressed rapidly in the years he has been here. He has natural flair on a horse and keeps himself very fit and focused on race riding.”
Haggas added: “It will be extremely hard for him to match the achievements in the saddle of his father, but I have no doubt that he will give it every chance and all of us here are right behind him in everything he does..”
Up to 2021, Fallon had ridden 129 winners. Many punters used to back his Dad’s ride blind and those adopting the same policy with him were rewarded when he won on 200/1 chance Intercessor at Newbury in 2020.