We are delighted to bring you an interview with Cieren Fallon, the apprentice is learning his trade & has a strong family background in racing. Very much his own man, Cieren currently has a strike rate of 26% in the last 14 days & is fresh from a double at Chepstow…
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself please….
My name is Cieren Fallon, 20 years old & I am apprentice jockey to Mr Haggas.
What is your earliest memory of racing?
At a very young age watching my dad race!
Being from a racing family, was it always the most likely career choice or did you look at other options?
I was always interested in other sports until just over 2 years ago I suddenly wanted to be a jockey.
When did you first sit on a horse or pony?
The first time I rode a race horse was 2 years ago at Mr Haggas yard
Did you go to racing school? And how did the apprenticeship come about?
Yes, at Newmarket my dad(Kieren) managed to get me on to a 14 week course. Course 305
When was your first ride?
My first ride was at Thirsk on a horse called Rhigolter Rode in the 17:50 31st August 2018.
We’re you nervous?
No, I was just so excited!
How did it feel?
No words can describe the feeling!
You had a ride at Royal Ascot, that must have been pretty cool?
Having a ride at Royal Ascot is what you dream of so I was very thankful for the opportunity.
Is there more pressure because of your family name?
How would you describe your riding style?
Has it been easy to ask for advice from your dad & what’s the best peice he has given you?
Definitely, I always ask him for advice and I will never stop asking for help! Fitness, fitness is key
Do you set targets?
If you could win any classic, which one would it be?
The Derby! But the St Leger has to be up there as it’s the only classic that my dad didn’t manage to win
If you could ride any horse.. Past or Present, who would it be & why?
Frankel. Best horse ever to step foot on a racecourse.
And finally… Can you give us a horse to keep an eye out for?
Pinatubo. 3/3 very impressed with his last run at ascot.
We would like to thank Cieren for his time and wish him all the success for the big future he has ahead of him. You can catch Cieren at a race course near you and it is likely he will be in the winners enclosure soon enough….
Interview by Rich Williams
Pictures… Cieren Fallon Jr(Twitter Account) Kieran Fallon(File) Plucky Dip(Racing Post Twitter) William Haggas (ATR Twitter) & Pinatubo (Sporting Life)