Former champion jockey Kieren Fallon has admitted that time is running out on his bid to win the title for the seventh time.
Fallon is currently fourth in the jockeys’ table, but, even with favourite Ryan Moore injured, the Clare native feels the challenge of Paul Hanagan and Silvestre de Sousa could be too strong.
He said: “I’m trying my best, but the boys up north, I don’t know why it is, they’re riding a lot more winners than 15 years ago.
“Paul’s riding doubles or trebles every day, De Sousa the same thing.
“Down here it’s very hard to ride trebles and four-timers, whereas them boys up there seem to be doing it much easier.
“At the end of this week, I thought I’d be a lot closer but Paul’s ridden trebles two days on the run.
“If I don’t get close in the next couple of weeks, it’s going to be tough,” Fallon told the Guardian.