had some quirky antics on the track but was nevertheless a talented performer.
'I think he rides one of Aidan O'Brien's, so it'll either be Ace or Antonius Pius
,' said Fallon's agent Dave Pollington.
No horse has been vilified more than Antonius Pius
this season and he certainly comes with a health warning plastered all over him, but punters will ignore him at their peril because this is a seriously talented individual.
Both those races were over one mile and O'Brien reckons a drop down to six furlongs will prove just the job for Antonius Pius
, who will have less time to worry about what's going on.
The son of Bering looked well held close home as the Jamie Spencer-ridden Antonius Pius
stormed into the lead at Longchamp yesterday.
The O'Brien roll-call of winners reads like a who's who of bluebloods: King Of Kings (1997), Bernstein (1999), Honours List (2000), Rock Of Gibraltar (2001), Hold That Tiger (2002), Antonius Pius
(2003), George Washington (2005), Holy Roman Emperor (2006), Lizard Island (2007), Mastercraftsman (2008)and Alfred Nobel (2009).
It has to be said, however, that Spencer had some high-profile poor rides in major races - though some of the problems he endured on Antonius Pius
would have taxed anyone because that colt is a basket-case cunningly disguised as a horse.
Other possibles for the Celebration Mile include totesport International Stakes winner Court Masterpiece along with Nayyir, Le Vie Dei Colori, Antonius Pius
, Hurricane Alan, Passing Glance, Checkit and Norse Dancer, who all contested the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood last month.
has twice suffered misfortune at Longchamp this season but he may return to the French track on September 5 to contest the Netjets Prix Du Moulin.
The ante-post book looks good and if readers have followed King George advice about Doyen and July Cup advice about Antonius Pius
they are certainly in a good position at this point.
Ridden by Jamie Spencer Antonius Pius
had the race won with a stunning burst to take him clear of the field,but veered onto the rail to finish fifth and hand American Post victory.
Whether the ground was too fast or he just had an off-day is hard to fathom, but without the Devon Loch-like antics of Antonius Pius
he would have been second at best.