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LONDON (AP) — Leading jockey Kieren Fallon
was suspended for 21 days Monday for failing to ride out a victory
after leading a race by a big margin.
Fallon, Britain’s champion flat jockey six of the past seven
years, faces a separate investigation into whether he fixed races.
His mount, Ballinger Ridge, was leading by 10 lengths midway through
a race at Lingfield last Tuesday. The Irish jockey apparently eased
up on his horse in the final eighth of a mile and lost by a head.
Ballinger Ridge was a 15-8 betting choice. The race was won by
Rye, the 8-11 favourite. Just before the race, security officials
reported “suspicious betting patterns.”
Fallon has denied wrongdoing. His lawyer, Christopher Stewart-Moore,
said the jockey made a “human mistake.” He said Fallon
would co-operate with the investigation and “looks forward
to getting his name cleared.”
The Jockey Club, British horse racing’s governing body,
found Fallon guilty Monday of failing to ride his mount to the
best possible finish and handed him the maximum three-week suspension
for a riding offence.
Fallon won the English Derby twice, aboard Oath in 1999 and Kris
Kin in 2003.
In 1994, he was banned for six months for pulling a jockey from