By Simon Jackson.
Kieren Fallon is confident that leading Investec Derby hope True Story can step up to the mile and a half distance of the Epsom Classic on June 7.
Fallon has been called up to partner the colt – who won the Listed Feilden Stakes at his last start – following his appointment as joint-stable jockey for trainer Saeed bin Suroor, alongside Silvestre De Sousa.
Confirmation of his new role within the Godolphin operation was revealed at the weekend and delighted Fallon, who has been regularly partnering True Story in trackwork and will ride him in the Group 2 Betfred Dante Stakes at York next week.
“True Story was my favourite horse of all the good horses I have been on [in trackwork] since I returned from Dubai,” Fallon said at Chester on Thursday.
“He is a lovely big easy type. He has got a lot of speed as well. He travels well. The only thing is the ground. He needs good ground. He is a horse who wouldn’t probably want soft ground. He carries himself well and has got an engine. He has got gears. He is a good horse.”
The Dante will be the first time the 49-year-old has ridden the horse in public and admitted that he was impressed by the manner of the Feilden Stakes victory, where he stayed on well to score easily.
“Towards the end of the Feilden he seemed totally relaxed,” the three-time Epsom Derby winning jockey continued.
“You wouldn’t have thought he could have gone on to win by six or seven lengths, and without the whip. That tells you that he will get further.
“But if you were to ride him, you would worry because he has got so much natural speed, you worry if he would get a mile and a half.
“But he has already won over a mile and a quarter and he has only got to get another furlong. Hopefully he will progress.”
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