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Racing: Lester sees the Light; FALLON FACTOR DERBY KEY.

Byline: By Alan Thomson

NINE-TIMES Epsom Derby hero Lester Piggott has seen the Light for next Saturday.

The master of Tattenham Corner firmly believes the Fallon Factor will swing things the way of North Light.

Piggott, 67, will be feted at Musselburgh tomorrow as a VIP guest of big race sponsors Victor Chandler.

He said: 'I am delighted such a well established firm as Victor Chandler are sponsoring this pounds 50,000 race at Musselburgh on Saturday.

'It's certainly a lot more than we used to race for at Edinburgh in my day.'

And he took time out yesterday to give Daily Record readers his Derby verdict.

He said: 'There's no escaping the first three in the betting, but North Light looks to be the ideal type.

'Sir Michael Stoute's colt won the Dante atYork in the manner of a good horse and that's always a fairly reliable trial.'

Piggott had his first ride in the 1951 Derby as a rookie 15--year-old aboard Ken Cundell's zany Zucchero.

And although he was only 18 when winning his first Derby on Never Say Die, Piggott believes experience counts for plenty around the rollercoaster Downs.

That's where champion jockey Fallon comes into his own.

He said: 'I really believe the Fallon Factor will make this horse favourite on the day and I just couldn't knock him out the frame.

'Yeats, they say, is a very, very good horse but you'd have to worry about his recent problems.

'Snow Ridge did a sparkling gallop with Ted Durcan in midweek. But he's by Indian Ridge and on breeding you'd have to think he'd struggle to stay 12 furlongs.'


LIT UP: North Light; (right) is Lester's Epsom Derby fancy
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 28, 2004
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