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Fallon Jr. secures maiden Group 1 on Oxted in the Darley July Cup

13 Jul 2020

Pair dash to Darley July Cup glory at Newmarket

Roger Teal and Cieren Fallon Jr both broke their maiden Group 1 tag in a thrilling Darley July Cup on Saturday.

In a race packed with speed and quality on paper, the 2020 Darley July Cup looked set to be a memorable renewal and it didn’t disappoint.

In a field containing Group 1 winners Golden Horde and Hello Youmzain, Fallon Jr. always had Oxted handy and remained on the pace for the entirety of the six-furlong dash. The main protagonists also held good positions and a thrilling finish unfolded in the final furlong.

Evenetual-winner Oxted made his move two furlongs out between Golden Horde and the tiring Hello Youmzain.

Once hitting the front, Oxted was always doing enough to repel the challenge of Sceptical and Frankie Dettori for a memorable victory for connections.

Joyous scenes unfolded off the track as both Roger Teal and his son, Harry could be seen sprinting down the track willing the horse home.

After the race in an interview with ITV’s Oli Bell, Fallon Jr. said “I can’t put it into words, I’m speechless Oli. I was just a passenger on a very good horse today.”

Fallon Jr. comes from racing stock, with his father, Kieren Fallon having won multiple Group 1’s and was a six-time Champion Jockey. However last year’s Champion Apprentice has already got one up on his father who himself never won the Darley July Cup.