Kieren Fallon, Legendary Jockey – In Profile
Kieren Fallon is one of the greatest jockeys of his generation. He specialised in flat racing and many believe that he is the greatest flat racing jockey of all time. Kieren was born in 1965 in County Clare, Ireland in a town called Crusheen.
Throughout his illustrious career he has won many of the most prestigious flat races in the world and was given the title of champion jockey six times throughout his career. Although throughout all of the success he experienced through his career he was never too far away from some trouble and was involved in some serious allegations at certain points in his career.
Kieren’s first Classic win came in 1997 in the 1000 Guineas race on a filly trained by Henry Cecil. Kieren was at the time a stable jockey for Henry and Henry had praised him in the media calling him a hard worker as well as a top class jockey. By the end of the 1997 season he had ridden 202 winners and had been awarded his first champion jockey title.
His success continued for several years after that and he rode 200 winners a season regularly after that. It wasn’t until 1999 that he rode to his first victory in the Derby at Epsom. This time he was on another Cecil trained horse, Oath. Shortly after this Kieren’s poor disciplinary record showed its head again when he was released from Henry’s stable for unknown reasons.
After this incident that was shrouded in mystery he rode as a freelance jockey then eventually continued his career as a stable jockey for Michael Stoute. His career within horse racing continued to power on from strength to strength. He rode two successive winners in the 2000 Guineas but he unfortunately lost his champion jockey title after he suffered an injury that caused him to miss a lot of the season.
2004 was a bad year for Kieren off the track as he was involved in many investigations into race fixing but the charges were later dropped. Then in 2006 Kieren was charges with conspiring to defraud the internet site Betfair. Fallon was then banned from all racing within the UK until the end of the trail. On into 2007 he faced charges of match fixing in the Old Bailey Court. The trail ended when the judge decided that there was not enough evidence against him or any of the other defendants and his racing ban was lifted immediately.
Now at the age of 49 Kieren is still held in high regard amongst the racing world while still seen as a “bad boy” of the sport.