Champion apprentice Cieren Fallon has been appointed as second jockey to Qatar Racing.
Oisin Murphy, the reigning champion jockey, currently has the number one role within the organisation, but the current stipulation that jockeys can only ride at one meeting per day has brought about the move.
Fallon, son of six-times former champion Kieren, landed his first Group One earlier this season on Roger Teal’s Oxted in the July Cup.
“I feel hugely honoured to be joining the Qatar Racing team and am very thankful for those who have supported me to date. I am looking forward to what will hopefully be a very successful partnership,” said Fallon.
David Redvers, racing manager to the organisation headed by Sheikh Fahad al Thani, said: “The one-meeting restriction, brought in by the British Horseracing Authority, means we need to expand our team; Sheikh Fahad and I are thrilled that Cieren is joining as second jockey – he will be a huge asset.
“Sheikh Fahad has been watching Cieren from the outset of his career and has been very impressed by his riding under the tutelage of William Haggas.
“He has an incredibly calm demeanour for his age, an intuitive riding style and is very level-headed.”