Dubai Acclaim lands Leger Legends prize
Kieren Fallon had to settle for fourth Position since the spoils were taken by Sammy Jo Bell aboard Dubai Acclaim at the Mondialiste Leger Legends Classified Stakes at Doncaster.
Six-times champion Flat jockey Fallon, who wrapped up his saddle gave every opportunity over the mile to the Nigel Tinkler-trained Kilbaha Lady, but could never quite get into a winning position.
That honour went to Bell, who gave up riding through injury in February 2018 and is now helping her spouse Philip Makin in his own turn from jockey to coach.
The 16-strong area had been shot by destroyer as well that raises money for Jack Berry House and its National Horseracing College, but was swamped since the pace hotted up over two furlongs out.
Inspired by Richard Fahey, Dubai Acclaim (5-1) hit on the front and simply held the late flourish of Noel Fehily on Hammer Gun with a short head in a thrilling finish.
Flying Dragon has been three-quarters of a length away in third, with another 2 and a quarter lengths back into Fallon and Kilbaha Lady in fourth.
Fallon – riding for the very first time on exactly precisely the exact identical card as kid Cieren junior – said:”I thought I was going to triumph, it was just when I requested her to quicken she simply didn’t allow herself down on the ground.
“I travelled better than anything and thought I was going to win, but we did not. It’s all for a good cause, however.”
A thrilled Bell explained:”It was really great, I think I hit the front too soon, but that was just me getting excited.
“I am very thankful to Richard for providing me a ride and it is great to pay him back with a winner. I really loved it.
“I did only hold on, however, this was me moving too soon – the horse was out me. He had been good. The last time I stumbled on him he was a yearling.
“I am not as healthy as I was, I understand that far, but we’re quite busy in the lawn, so I haven’t done as much homework as I would have enjoyed.”
Fehily, who declared his intention to retire after riding a winner at Cheltenham in March, stated:”The trainer told me to not hit the front too soon, however I think I overdid the waiting tactics!
“I got blocked in my run just over a furlong out and I needed to change, it probably only cost mepersonally, but he’s run a blinder.
“It’s been a excellent event for a wonderful cause and I’m just thrilled to have been requested to take part. Hopefully we have raised plenty of cash.”