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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 June, 2004, 13:22 GMT 14:22 UK
Kieren Fallon
Kieren Fallon
Born: 22 Feb 1965
Nationality: Irish
Height: 5ft 3"
Champion jockey: Six times (1997-1999, 2001-2003)
English Classic wins: 12
(All except St Leger)
2003 wins: 221
2002 wins: 149
2001 wins: 166
2000 wins: 59
Controversy has dogged Fallon's career but the six-time champion jockey has few equals in the saddle.

Patient yet courageous, he seems able to get more out of horses than some of his weighing room rivals.

But in 1994, he was banned for six months for violent conduct when he pulled a fellow jockey off a horse at Beverley.

Three years later, he claimed the first of three successive jockey titles, his winning run only halted by a career-threatening shoulder injury at Royal Ascot in 2000.

But in 2001 the County Clare-born rider battled back to fitness and top form to claim the next three titles.

Fallon's relationship with champion trainer Sir Michael Stoute has had its problems but the pair have also enjoyed much success, including winning back-to-back Derbys in 2003 and 2004 with Kris Kin and North Light.

Fallon's partnership with another champion trainer, Henry Cecil, also had its ups and downs.

The pair enjoyed much success, including winning the Derby in 1999 with Oath.

But the partnership went their separate ways after tabloid newspaper stories concerning Cecil's wife. Fallon denied any involvement.

His 2003 season was one of his best, especially given that his sixth title came just months after he had checked into a clinic to deal with an alcohol problem.

The Derby and the 1,000 Guineas came among a double-century of winners and he also achieved a long-held ambition of winning a race at the Breeders' Cup.

But controversy reared its ugly head again ahead of the 2004 turf season.

Fallon was suspended for 21 days in March for failing to ride to the finish in a race at Lingfield

And the Jockey Club is currently investigating News of the World allegations of race-fixing, which Fallon denies.

However, the jockey bounced back once again with an Oaks-Derby double (the second of his career) on Ouija Board and North Light.


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