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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Fallon suffers ups and downs

KIEREN Fallon endured a mixed night at Kempton in his pursuit of Paul Hanagan in the jockeys' title race.

The former champion picked up two winners, but also a two-day ban, which came in the wake of Fallon's victory on Raucous Behaviour (8/1) in the Racing at skysports.com Claiming Stakes for George Prodromou.

The stewards found his mount had interfered with eventual fourth Foxhaven in the closing stages, ruling he had been guilty of careless riding. He will sit out October 12 and 13 as a result.

The win initiated a Fallon double as he followed up in the concluding TFM Networks Classified Stakes on the Brendan Powell-trained Fifty Cents (7/2).

Elsewhere on the Sunbury card, Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes combined for a three-timer courtesy of Whimsical (9/2), Cresta Star (9/4) and Numeral (11/2).

Portland winner Nocturnal Affair will skip the John Guest Bengough Stakes at Ascot on Saturday in favour of a Listed race at Dundalk later this month.

Trainer David Marnane is keen to give his South African import plenty of time to get over his Doncaster exertions.

"Nocturnal Affair, winner of the Portland Handicap, will miss Saturday's John Guest Bengough Stakes this Saturday at Ascot," Marnane said.

"We've decided to give the Group Three event a miss and wait for the Mercury Stakes, a Listed race over the minimum distance on the polytrack at Dundalk, on Friday October 21.

"Saturday's race comes too soon, as we wanted to give him more time to recover from his exertions at Doncaster.

"He had a hard race and combined with the trip, a three-week gap between the races wasn't ideal."

Frankel is likely to have the help of his stablemate and three-parts brother Bullet Train as a pacemaker in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot next month.

Bullet Train leads the brilliant three-year-old colt in all his work at home and trainer Henry Cecil wants to ensure the Qipco-sponsored Group One over a mile is run at a proper gallop.

"I don't want Frankel to lead all the way. Hopefully there will be a decent pace and we don't need Bullet Train, but he is there to make sure it is a sensible pace for Frankel whatever the others do," he said.

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