Kieren Fallon

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Kieren Fallon
Kieren Fallon at Goodwood.jpg
Kieren Fallon on Start Right at Goodwood in 2010.
Occupation Jockey
Born (1965-02-22) 22 February 1965 (age 49)
Crusheen, County Clare, Ireland
Career wins 2253 wins
Major racing wins
2,000 Guineas Stakes (2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2014)
Epsom Derby (1999, 2003, 2004)
Epsom Oaks (1997, 1999, 2004)
Arlington Million (2005)
Significant horses
Golan

Kieren Francis Fallon (born 22 February 1965 in Crusheen, County Clare, Ireland) is a professional flat racing jockey and has been British Champion Jockey six times. He is widely considered the greatest flat jockey of his generation and one of the greatest ever.

Early career[edit]

Stable jockey to Henry Cecil[edit]

In 1997, Fallon became the stable jockey for Henry Cecil, one of Britain's leading trainers. In May 1997 he recorded his first Classic win when taking the 1000 Guineas on the Cecil-trained filly Sleepytime. Cecil called him "a very hard worker" and a "Group One Jockey" while Richard Edmondson, writing in The Independent, praised Fallon's riding ability while pointing out his poor disciplinary record.[1] Both sides of Fallon's character were soon evident as he was given a ten day ban for his riding in a race in Italy, which he successfully had postponed in order to ride in the Epsom Oaks, which he won on Reams of Verse for Cecil.[2] Fallon ended the season with 202 wins and his first Champion Jockey title.

Fallon retained the Jockeys' Championship for the next two seasons, riding more than two-hundred winners on each occasion. In 1999 he won his first Derby when he rode the Cecil-trained Oath to victory at Epsom and followed up by winning the Oaks on Ramruma for the same stable. Less than two months later Fallon was dismissed as Cecil's stable jockey for reasons which were never fully explained.[3]

Stable jockey to Michael Stoute[edit]

Following his dismissal, Fallon rode as a freelance jockey, riding for many top owners and trainers, before becoming stable jockey to the powerful stable of Michael Stoute. During his time with Stoute, Fallon rode the winners of many important races including successive runnings of the 2000 Guineas with King's Best and Golan. Between these two victories, Fallon lost his Champion Jockey title after a serious arm injury sustained in a fall in June 2000 at Royal Ascot[4] forced him to miss several months race-riding. The accident came shortly after a riding ban prevented him from riding in the Derby.

Fallon's post at the Stoute stable came to an end in November 2001, when Stoute announced that some of his main owners did not want to use Fallon as a jockey for their horses, making his position untenable.[5] Despite having no formal connection with the stable, Fallon continued to ride major winners for Stoute including the Derby winners Kris Kin in 2003 and North Light in 2004.

Allegations of "Conspiracy to Defraud"[edit]

In the spring of 2004 the News of the World newspaper made allegations of race fixing against Fallon. He was due to appear before the Jockey Club later in the year to answer the allegations when on 1 September 2004, he was arrested as part of a police investigation into the alleged fixing of over 80 races in the previous two years. On 15 December 2004 the Jockey Club discontinued its investigation into the allegations.

On 3 July 2006, Fallon was charged along with seven other people for conspiring to defraud the Internet betting exchange Betfair. Fallon was banned from riding in the UK until his trial was over, but was still able to race in the Republic of Ireland.[6]

On 8 October 2007, his trial on charges of race-fixing began at the Old Bailey court in London. On 7 December 2007, the judge decided the defendants had no case to answer and he directed the jury to find Fallon and all his co-defendants not guilty because of lack of evidence.[7][8] His suspension from British racing was lifted with immediate effect.

Stable jockey to Aidan O'Brien[edit]

In February 2005 Fallon accepted the post of first jockey to Aidan O'Brien's powerful Ballydoyle stable.[9] His new career began impressively, with a win on Footstepsinthesand in the 2000 Guineas. By the end of the season he had recorded further important wins on horses such as Yeats, George Washington and Oratorio. Fallon's 2006 ban from riding in England curtailed his opportunities, but more important wins followed for the Ballydoyle team, notably on the 2007 European Horse of the Year Dylan Thomas. Fallon's position with O'Brien ended with his worldwide ban imposed by the French racing authorities in January 2008.[10]

Positive tests[edit]

On 29 November 2006 French racing authority France Galop suspended Fallon for six months after testing positive for a metabolite of a prohibited substance after riding at Chantilly on 9 July 2006. The ban ran from 7 December 2006 to 6 June 2007. On 8 December 2007, it was revealed by the Daily Mail that Fallon tested positive again for a banned substance on 19 August 2007 at Deauville Racecourse in France.[11] On 25 January 2008 Fallon received an 18 month riding suspension for this offence. He resumed race riding at Lingfield Park on 4 September 2009.[12]

Return as freelance[edit]

The 2010 Flat racing season saw Kieren Fallon employed largely by trainers Luca Cumani, Mark Johnston and Kevin Ryan. Although major wins were less frequent, Fallon had success, riding 140 winners in 2010 and 154 in 2011. In the latter season he finished third in the Jockeys' championship behind Paul Hanagan.[13]

Personal life[edit]

He has three children, Natalie Ann Fallon born in 1994 sharing her birthday with her father (22 February), Brittany Michelle Fallon born in 1999 and Cieren Richard Fallon twin to Brittany.

As of 2010, Fallon writes a column in the Racing Post Weekender during the flat season.

Career wins in Great Britain[edit]

* = Champion Jockey

  • 1991 – 29
  • 1992 – 45
  • 1993 – 60
  • 1994 – 47
  • 1995 – 92
  • 1996 – 136
  • 1997 – 202 *
  • 1998 – 204 *
  • 1999 – 202 *
  • 2000 – 59
  • 2001 – 166 *
  • 2002 – 149 *
  • 2003 – 221 *
  • 2004 – 200
  • 2005 – 70
  • 2006 – 27
  • 2007 – 0
  • 2008 – 0
  • 2009 – 50
  • 2010 – 140
  • 2011 – 154


Sources: jockeysroom.com (1991–2001), racingpost.co.uk (2002–present)

Major wins[edit]

United Kingdom Great Britain


Republic of Ireland Ireland


Australia Australia

  • A J Moir Stakes – (1) – California Dane (2006)
  • Hong Kong Jockey Club Plate – (1) – Polar Bear (2006)

France France


Germany Germany


Hong Kong Hong Kong


Italy Italy


United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates


United States United States

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richard Edmondson reports from Newmarket (1997-05-05). "Racing: Dream run for Sleepytime - Sport". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  2. ^ Greg Wood reports from Epsom (1997-06-07). "Racing: Fallon's day in the field of Reams - Sport". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  3. ^ "Racing: Fallon in dark over dismissal - Sport". London: The Independent. 1999-08-07. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  4. ^ Horse Racing (23 June 2000). "Royal Ascot: Godolphin in a sweat after Tara's gold rush". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  5. ^ Independent Woman (1 November 2001). "Fallon and Stoute end partnership - Sport". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  6. ^ "Fallon and other jockeys in court". BBC News. 17 July 2006. 
  7. ^ Hines, Nico; Oneill, Sean (7 December 2007). "Kieren Fallon racefixing charges thrown out". The Times (London). Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Plot claims 'like Dick Francis'". BBC News. 6 November 2007. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  9. ^ http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/competitionnews/395/61953.html
  10. ^ "Champion Jockey Kieren Fallon hit with 18 month ban for taking cocaine". Daily Mail (London). 25 January 2008. 
  11. ^ "Fallon's B sample tests positive". BBC News. 17 December 2007. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  12. ^ Armytage, Marcus (4 September 2009). "Kieren Fallon finishes second in first race of British racing comeback". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  13. ^ "Hanagan hangs on to jockey title". BBC News. 5 November 2011. 

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