Racing: Fallon wins on 'steering job'

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Bookmakers are likely to be offering cramped odds on Kieren Fallon's six booked mounts at Nottingham today following the Irishman's 88-1 treble at Newmarket on Saturday.

The champion jockey-elect partnered Pontoon, Samara and Consort to reach 199 winners for the season. Fallon then travelled on to Wolverhampton where he soon made it 200.

Punters overhearing Fallon's remarks before leaving Newmarket could have had a profitable evening. He expressed confidence that he would reach the 200-mark on one of his evening rides, saying: "I will probably get it tonight - I have a steering job."

Asked by pressmen to reveal the horse's name, Fallon, responded: "I can't say what it is - the trainer will kill me!"

But some will have guessed that the ''steering job'' would be Filial who, whether fancied or not, certainly obliged at 5-2 for the Jeff Pearce stable in the second race.

Jamie Osborne's trip to Navan yesterday paid off when Macnamarasband won at 7-2, giving Osborne's pal Eddie Hales, a former assistant of Kim Bailey, with his first success since setting up as a trainer in Waterford two months ago.