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Cieren Comes Good

Cieren Fallon is on the cusp of clinching the 2020 Apprentice Jockeys’ title for the second year in a row, a feat no one has managed since 1988.

The former St David’s College pupil is the son of six-time champion jockey Kieren Fallon, who some regard as one of the most naturally talented jockeys of all time.

What is remarkable about Cieren’s story, is that until the age of 17 he hadn’t even ridden a horse.

He said that until he came to SDC he had “zero confidence” but that the teachers gave him the confidence to “do anything”, and it was this newly found confidence that gave him the self-belief to try and become a jockey.

His rise has been rapid, within a year of training Cieren was winning races. Now at the age of 21, he is set to win the 2020 Apprentice Jockey’s title for the second time after winning it last year. If all goes well in the next few weeks of racing Cieren is also set to travel across the pond to America with his beloved horse, Oxted-a four-year-old thoroughbred. They are set to race in the prestigious Breeders Cup. The duo makes a formidable pair and has been together since the beginning and have already raced in meets in Italy, Australia and America. Cieren is the second jockey for the Qatar Racing Team.

When looking back at his time at the school he said: “Before I came to St David’s I couldn’t read and write, but by the time I left I had written a poem and read it out to the whole school.”

He added: “I had zero confidence as I’d had a bad time at another school, but by the time I left SDC I thought if I jumped I could touch the sky if I wanted to and believed I could achieve anything I wanted.”

He continued: “It’s all to do with the confidence the teachers install in you. They believe in you and that means everything, and they are all very approachable and want you to thrive.”

Cieren who now lives in Newmarket often keeps in touch with Sue Davies, his former House Parent, whom he holds in the highest of regards, and his former maths teacher Mr. Bohana.

“I had a great time at St David’s. I was in Tryfan house, and at the time we won everything,” he said.

“Snowdon seemed to have the more intelligent kids, Cader were the confident ones and Tryfan, well we seemed to be good at everything!”


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