Kieren Fallon picked the wrong one of Sir Michael Stoute's two runners in the Harvest Stakes at Ascot yesterday to allow his rival for the jockeys' championship, Kevin Darley, to pick up the winning spare ride and close the gap, briefly, between the pair to 15.
Fallon opted for All Grain, the 5-1 joint favourite, but it was Darley on the 10-1 shot Lilium who burst clear of the pack and scored by five lengths as All Grain weakened into 11th. All Grain, who was returning after an operation to cure a breathing problem, was reported to have "finished distressed" by a veterinary officer.
Fallon later restored the margin to 16 when winning the Esporta Handicap on Gerard Butler's Beauchamp Pilot.
The Classic-winning jockey John Reid has retired from the saddle at the age of 46 after a 28-year career.Reuse content