Today’s post is another interview with an up and coming jockey who has the potential to achieve great things. Following in his dad’s footsteps young Cieren Fallon Jr is gradually making his way in the racing world and I was lucky enough to speak with him and ask him some questions.
Me: What is your favourite race of your career, win or lose?
Cieren: It has got to be Haydock on Time To Study.
Me: If you could ride any horse that you never have, past or present, what horse would you choose?
Me: What are your opinions surrounding the discussions of banning the whip?
Cieren: The whip is a tool, it’s not just for hitting a horse, it’s for encouraging them, that’s why we wave it at them. It’s also used to help correct them and helps if you have a loose horse sniffing around your horse. Some horses are lazy and need a tap to get the best out of them, that’s just my thoughts on the whip.
Me: What is your favourite racecourse and why?
Cieren: Epsom as it’s a very unique racecourse and the best fillies and colts win on that track.
Me: No pressure, but when I asked Richard Johnson his bet of the season, he said Lostintranslation to win the Betfair Chase, which of course he did, so what is your bet of the season?
Cieren: I’ve never really been interested in betting.
Me: What would you say to anyone who thinks racing is animal cruelty?
Cieren: People need to remember we work with horses because we love them, we look after them as much as we can when they are racing and they are really well looked after at home. We get really attached to them.
Me: What is the best advice you’ve been given by your dad?
Cieren: Best advice from my dad is to keep fit. The best advice from my mum is to believe I can win on everything I ride and always believe in myself.
Me: What is one race you’d love to win?
Cieren: The Derby.
Me: What would be your ‘horse to watch’ for the next season or two?
Cieren: Born With Pride.
Me: What is your best advice for young people who have a passion they want to follow, whether that be racing or something else?
Cieren: Follow your dreams, anything is possible.
As always, I firstly want to say a massive thank you to Cieren for taking time out to let me ask him some questions and answering them so honestly. I know a jockey can be incredibly busy, so I appreciate the time they take out to answer some questions. Cieren is still very young and has already achieved plenty with some brilliant winners, so he has a long and successful career ahead of him.
I really hope you have enjoyed reading Cieran’s answers and I will see you all in my next post very soon!