06/05/2001 11:00PM

Fallon rides 'Flight' in Oaks


Kieren Fallon, denied a ride on the favored Golan in Saturday's Epsom Derby because of suspension, will have two chances to make up for his disappointment on Friday when he rides the probable choice in both the English Oaks and the Coronation Cup.

Fallon will be aboard Flight of Fancy, owned by Queen Elizabeth, in the Oaks and Petrushka in the Coronation Cup. Both are Group 1 races that will be run over Epsom's 1 1/2-mile Derby course.

Fallon was harshly criticized by Lord Carnarvon, the Queen's racing manager, after he waited too long when he brought home Flight of Fancy fourth in the Musidora Stakes on May 15. But he retains the ride on Flight of Fancy, a daughter of Sadler's Wells, who trainer Michael Stoute believes has improved since the Musidora.

Another Sadler's Wells filly, the Aidan O'Brien-trained Imagine, has the look of a winner.

A half-sister to 1991 Epsom Derby champ Generous, Imagine was impressive winning the one-mile Irish 1000 Guineas 11 days ago. She will appreciate the longer distance of the Oaks. She will be ridden by Michael Kinane.

Mot Juste and Tarfshi finished one-two in a listed race last time, but a bigger English Oaks threat looms in Zanzibar, the seven-length winner of the Italian Oaks.

Petrushka will be making her first start since failing as the favorite in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Twice a Group 1 winner at the Coronation Cup distance, she is running for the first time against colts and faces a formidable challenge from 2000 St. Leger winner Millenary, who recently took the 1 1/2-mile Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes for John Dunlop. The Godolphin pair of 1999 St. Leger winner Mutafaweq and Ekraar should also have a say in the outcome.