Racing: Reid to take Fallon's place on Leger hope

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JOHN REID will replace the suspended Kieren Fallon on Iscan in the St Leger a week on Saturday. Fallon, successful in three of the four Classics run so far this season and due to partner the Michael Stoute- trained colt, was ruled out of the final three days of the Doncaster meeting after receiving a five-day ban for careless riding at Ripon on Tuesday.

Yesterday Reid agreed to ride the bay son of Caerleon, a fast-finishing second under Fallon to Yavana's Pace in the March Stakes at Goodwood last Saturday.

"He was unlucky on Saturday," Reid said yesterday. "Even the jockey said he should have won the race, so he looks a nice horse and he should give me a good ride. I know he was a little tricky to get in the stalls the other day, but that is all I know about him, really.

"The filly [Ramruma] is favourite and if she runs up to her best, she is hard to beat. But she has had a hard season, and Iscan is a fairly fresh horse."

The booking is another boost to Reid, successful on Nedawi in the St Leger 12 months ago, who has made a spectacular return to race-riding after breaking his leg in a fall in April.

Following a Pattern-race double in Ireland shortly after his comeback, Reid rode Cape Cross to victory in the Group Two Celebration Mile at Goodwood on Saturday.

"It is always worrying when you have been off for four months, that you are going to get back, and get back on some decent horses," Reid added. "But I have been very fortunate that things have gone well. The leg feels good and it is strong. There are no problems there."

Henry Cecil yesterday confirmed the well-being of Ramruma: "She worked fine this morning. She is 100 per cent."

ST LEGER (Doncaster, 11 September) Coral: 8-11 Ramruma, 6-1 Iscan, 7- 1 Mutafaweq, 8-1 Adair, 12-1 All The Way & Glamis, 16-1 others