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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 June, 2003, 15:57 GMT 16:57 UK
Fallon fights back
By Frank Keogh
BBC Sport at Epsom

Fallon heads for victory at Epsom
Fallon landed the gamble of the day on Kris Kin
Kieren Fallon's second Epsom Derby victory capped another remarkable chapter in the Irish jockey's rollercoaster career.

Five months ago, the champion jockey was in a clinic after admitting he had an alcohol problem.

He vowed to stay off the booze, and return fitter than ever.

Fallon has lived up to that promise in some style, and he delighted punters with a perfectly-timed run to claim the world's most famous Flat race on Kris Kin.

It was the first British-trained winner of the Derby since Fallon obliged on Oath in 1999.

And in the process, the Irish jockey landed an almighty gamble, with his mount's odds reduced from 12-1 earlier in the day to a starting price of 6-1.

Sir Michael Stoute, who hails from Barbados but trains in Newmarket, was enjoying his third win in the blue riband event.

And a first prize of more than 850,000 justified the decision of owner Saheed Suhail to enter the horse late into the race at a cost of 90,000.

Fallon, not the most effusive of jockeys, bore a huge smile after swooping late to pass Pat Eddery on The Great Gatsby.

Kris Kin's win denied The Great Gatsby's trainer Aidan O'Brien a record third straight win in the premier Classic. Alamshar was third.

The winning jockey has proved a controversial character, but is brilliant in the saddle.

During his early career, he was banned from riding for six months after pulling another rider off his horse.

Fallon split from Oath's handler Henry Cecil after newspaper stories concerning the trainer's domestic affairs.

But he recovered from that blow, and a career-threatening shoulder injury suffered at Royal Ascot, to reclaim his champion jockey status.




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19 Jan 03  |  Horse Racing

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