Nobody knows the smart Dubai-based sprinter, Krypton Factor, better than former British champion jockey, Keiren Fallon, so it comes as no great surprise to learn that trainer, Fawzi Nass, has turned to the enigmatic Irishman to partner his star horse in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, on June 23, writes Elliot Slater.
The four-year-old will return to Britain for the first time since leaving the care of Sir Mark Prescott at the end of a very successful two-year-old career that saw him win five times. He ended the campaign running a close third in the valuable listed Totepool Two-Year-Old trophy at Redcar, beaten just a length-an-a-half by Ladies Are Forever.
The son of Kyllachy ran well under Fallon on a number of occasions, during his first term in Dubai, without managing to get his head in front, (including when third over a mile in the Group 3 UAE 2000 Guineas in February 2011).
It was not until this winter in the desert kingdom that Krypton Factor really came into his own, when dropping back to six furlongs.
After winning at that trip, in a good handicap off a mark of 100, he failed by just a short-head to peg back the useful Hitchens off a 9lb higher mark, then turned the form around with David Barrons’ charge, a few weeks later, beating him comfortably to land the Group 3 Mahaab al Shimaal by two-and-a-half-lengths.
Raised to a career high rating of 117, Krypton Factor then brought the house down on World Cup night at Meydan, defeating the star sprinter, Rocket Man, to land the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen, and with it, the massive £774,000 first prize.
A subsequent trip to Singapore failed to pay dividends, after the horse reportedly travelled poorly on the journey to the East, but he has settled in well back at Newmarket, and the current best-priced 25/1 shot (Betfair horse racing odds) could represent good each-way value against the long odds-on Black Caviar in the big Ascot event.
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