Five from Fallon trumps Dettori

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Frankie Dettori's efforts to regain his jockeys' title went into overdrive yesterday with a treble at odds of 104-1 at Leicester. A good day's work, except that his title rival, Kieren Fallon, who began the day with a 132-130 lead, rode a 117-1 five-timer at Lingfield to take the score to 137-133 in his favour.

"I needed that the way Frankie has been going at Leicester today," Fallon said as he dismounted from his last winner. "I'm off into the weighing room to see how he gets on in the last there."

The Tote's latest betting on the jockeys' championship is 8-15 Dettori and 11-8 Fallon.

Dominique Boeuf is poised to reclaim the mount on Helissio in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe unless Olivier Peslier unexpectedly becomes available. Boeuf, who lost the mount on last year's Arc winner after his defeat in the 1996 French Derby, is top of the list of riders to replace Cash Asmussen, who has been dropped after two rides on the colt.

The colt's owner, Enrique Sarasola, is ready to forgive Boeuf, who was arrested for drugs offences two years ago but is now third in the French jockeys' championship. Peslier is likely to be claimed for Peintre Celebre in the Arc.

Sarasola's racing manager, Bruno Ridoux, said yesterday: "Dominique knows Helissio. He paid for his mistake in the French Derby but now he is one of the best.

"He has put his problems with drugs behind him and is well in the head. But if Olivier becomes available then he will ride Helissio in the Arc. He's our first choice, that's for sure."