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Kieren Fallon

Born: 22 February 1965

Nationality: Irish

Champion Jockey: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003

Classic Wins: 21

Epsom Derby: Oath (1999), Kris Kin (2003), North Light (2004)

Epsom Oaks: Reams of Verse (1997), Ramruma (1999), Ouija Board (2004), Alexandrova (2006)

1000 Guineas: Sleepytime (1997), Wince (1999), Russian Rhythm (2003), Virginia Waters (2005)

2000 Guineas: King's Best (2000), Golan (2001), Footstepsinthesand (2005), George Washington (2006)

Irish Derby: Hurricane Run (2005), Dylan Thomas (2006)

Irish Oaks: Ramruma (1999), Ouija Board (2004), Alexandrova (2006)

Irish St Leger: Yeats (2007)

Career History

Kieren Fallon has had an illustrious yet colourful career in the saddle, but still to this day is one of the top riders in horse racing history. 

Starting out as an apprentice jockey for trainer Kevin Prendergast in 1984, Fallon notched up his first success in that year aboard Picadilly Lord and continued to excel during his apprenticeship catching the eye in both Ireland and in the UK.

Four years later in 1988 the County Clare jockey decided to up sticks and move to England and embark on a career as a professional.  After spells with Lynda Ramsden and Jimmy Fitzgerald, Fallon continued to catch the eye of some of the leading trainers and in the latter part of the 1990s managed to partner some of the top horses in training.

Fallon continued to excel in the saddle and in 1997 bagged that elusive first jockey's championship with a staggering 202 winners.  That year would be the making of Fallon as he stepped into the Classic fraternity as well with wins in the 1000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks.

1999 saw the now three-times champion jockey bag his biggest haul of Classic successes with victory in the 1000 Guineas, Epsom Oaks and the Epsom Derby before returning to Ireland to win the Irish Oaks with Ramruma.  This twinned with a move to Sir Michael Stoute's Newmarket empire continued Fallon's dominance at the turn of the century.

In the new Millennium, Fallon was still dominating and his sixth leading jockey title came in 2003, but the invincible Fallon's career was going to go down a completely new path.

In early 2004, The News of the World made allegations about Fallon and race fixing with a whole host of other jockeys, but The Jockey Club discontinued their investigation in December 2004.

However, it wasn't the last of the allegations and in 2006 Fallon was charged for conspiring to defraud Betfair, which saw Fallon lose his UK jockey's licence, but he could still ride in Ireland.

In October 2007, Fallon's trials for race-fixing started at the Old Bailey in a story that would grip the racing world, but on December 7, 2007 the judge deemed Fallon had no case to answer and was duly found not guilty and gained his licence back,

It wasn't the end of Fallon's woes and he ended up testing positive for a banned substance in 2008 at Deauville and was subsequently handed an 18-month ban from riding.

Having served his time, Fallon returned to the saddle on September 4, 2009 and has since proved he has lost no ability in the saddle and is still regarded as one of the top jockeys in the flat racing scene.

Other Leading Flat Jockeys

Ryan Moore

Frankie Dettori

Richard Hughes

Johnny Murtagh

 


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