Kieren Fallon got aquatinted with some of Aidan O'Brien's main Classic hopefuls after racing at the Curragh today. The master of Ballydoyle, for whom Fallon is riding as number one jockey this season, worked a total of 30 horses following the opening card of the new Irish Flat season.
The string went out in six five-horse lots, and in the first of them Fallon rode the unbeaten Footstepsinthesand. Next up for the former champion was Tiger Dance, a full-brother to the `Iron Horse', Giant's Causeway.
Fallon then partnered Dewhurst runner-up Oratorio, followed by Grand Central and Gypsy King. The latter has been in demand for the Vodafone Derby, the once-raced Leopardstown maiden winner being cut to 12-1 from 16-1 for the premier Classic by Ladbrokes.
Fallon completed his work with a spin on Almighty, a half-brother to Arc winner Sagamix. David Wachman also gave a spin to his top-class filly Damson, who is second-favourite with most of the big firms for the English UltimatePoker.com 1000 Guineas, and the Group-placed colt Indesatchel.
Jamie Spencer, whom Fallon replaced at Ballydoyle following his shock resignation, partnered the Sue Magnier-owned Damson, while Wayne Lordan was aboard Indesatchel.
Wachman said: "The two of them worked together. Jamie was very happy with Damson. We don't need to be winding her up yet."