Kieren Fallon is to ride Brown Panther in Saturday’s St Leger at Doncaster.
The title-chasing jockey steps in for the mount aboard the Tom Dascombe-trained runner after his recent second in the Geoffrey Freer at Newbury, replacing Richard Kingscote who has ridden the colt at all seven of his previous starts.
“Kieren will be riding Brown Panther in the Leger,” Fallon’s agent Terry Norman said.
“Tom rang this morning and said that he and Michael (Owen, owner) wanted Kieren to ride.
“He’s delighted to be able to ride a horse that has a good chance on the form book.”
Brown Panther, who strolled home in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot earlier in the year, is one of 11 to stand their ground at the five-day stage for the final Classic of the season.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Sea Moon is favourite for the race following his Great Voltigeur romp and features along with Geoffrey Freer winner Census.
Godolphin have three possible challengers with Blue Bunting, winner of the 1000 Guineas, Irish Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks, their leading contender.
Her regular pacemaker Rumh, who is trained by Saeed bin Suroor, has been supplemented for the race while Genius Beast is the third contender for the Godolphin team.
John Gosden saddled Arctic Cosmos to victory last term and he has two strings to his bow in Bahrain Trophy winner Masked Marvel and Buthelezi.
Aidan O’Brien has indicated he will run only Seville in the race but Wonder Of Wonders and Freedom are also still in the field for the Ballydoyle handler.
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