Kieren Fallon

Andrew Longmore

Kieren Fallon

Kieren Fallon is the most successful Flat jockey of the modern era. Yet controversy is never far away, whether it is attempting to pull a rival jockey from his horse in mid-race or checking in to a rehab clinic because of drink problems. Yet even this was as nothing compared to when he was charged with conspiracy to defraud in July 2006, a charge he strenuously denied. But there is a different side to Fallon, a man who never got on a race horse until he was almost eighteen and yet quickly he developed a natural rapport with his horses that makes them respond to him like no other jockey. Six times he has been Champion Jockey, and a seventh title was taken from his grasp when he had an horrific, career-threatening fall in June 2000. He has won thirteen Classics, including the Derby three times, and is now based in Ireland at Ballydoyle with Aidan O'Brien. Award-winning sports writer Andrew Longmore has talked to those who know Fallon best, and assesses what drives him to his fearsome competitive streak. Like his fellow countryman Roy Keane, Fallon combines supreme ability with a brooding dark side that makes him a hugely captivating and fascinating character. 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
Kieren Fallon

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Sports, Hobbies & Games
Format Paperback
Pages 304
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Date of Publication
ISBN 978-0752888637
Publisher Orion
 

Kieren Fallon is the most successful Flat jockey of the modern era. Yet controversy is never far away, whether it is attempting to pull a rival jockey from his horse in mid-race or checking in to a rehab clinic because of drink problems. Yet even this was as nothing compared to when he was charged with conspiracy to defraud in July 2006, a charge he strenuously denied. But there is a different side to Fallon, a man who never got on a race horse until he was almost eighteen and yet quickly he developed a natural rapport with his horses that makes them respond to him like no other jockey. Six times he has been Champion Jockey, and a seventh title was taken from his grasp when he had an horrific, career-threatening fall in June 2000. He has won thirteen Classics, including the Derby three times, and is now based in Ireland at Ballydoyle with Aidan O'Brien. Award-winning sports writer Andrew Longmore has talked to those who know Fallon best, and assesses what drives him to his fearsome competitive streak. Like his fellow countryman Roy Keane, Fallon combines supreme ability with a brooding dark side that makes him a hugely captivating and fascinating character.

Reviews

The Independent on Sunday

Simon Redfern

Authorised or unauthorised – which is the best approach to biography?... This examination of Kieren Fallon is a halfway house: while the six-times champion jockey did not talk to Andrew Longmore directly, he gave tacit approval to others in his circle to do so. The result is an absorbing, authoritative account of the volatile Irishman's highs (15 Classics, including three Derbys) and lows (assaults, drink problems, a lengthy trial on charges of conspiracy to defraud, the 18-month ban for cocaine use he is currently serving).

03/08/2008

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