Kieren Fallon.....6x UK Champion........photos & article by Nick Higgins
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Photo and copyright by Nick Higgins...Tel: +44 7796 99 68 99The UK's Champion Jockey in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2003. Kieren was at the top of the table in 2000 until a nasty fall at Royal Ascot ruled him out for the rest of this season.
By any standards, to ride 4 double centuries out of six & average a win rate of 20% is a remarkable feat.

Kieren was 2nd in the Irish apprentices table in 1987 and then moved to the UK in 1988.
He and his agent, David Pollington, probably share the loyalty record as they have teamed up together for the past 14 years !

Kieren used to be one of the top jockeys on the Northern circuit of England. In the early 1990s he started to make his mark overseas as well.
In Spain, for example, he was an instant hit with the top stable there, Cuadra Madrilena, and professionals admired his quiet and efficient style on a horse.

Back in the UK, his most ardent fans were the Ramsdens for whom he rode regularily & with much success. His annual strike rate was also growing steadily and Kieren was earning the respect & employ of many trainers. In 1995, he doubled his winners to 92.

Then the break that all jockeys dream of arrived with the news that he was to be Henry Cecil's stable jockey for 1997.
Cecil and Fallon were a magic combination for two and a half seasons.
The results are listed below and their achievements will go down as one of the best trainer/stable jockey teams in UK turf history.

Kieren has worked hard to improve himself as a jockey. He has spent winters in America learning the pace.
I categorise him in the "intense" bracket of jockeys along with Piggott, Kinane, Asmussen & Cochrane---the quiet, meditating type who analyse a race from every angle and at least a week before it is run.

Kieren being interviewed by Clare Balding at Goodwood in September, 2002During a race, he has the ability to relax & switch his mount off but at the same time encourage it to deliver it's best effort in the drive to the line.

If I were to be fussy, I would like him to ride a bit more tucked up, more stream-lined and not be so vertical in the saddle especially in a finish. But he gets the job done and horses run for him.

He has great mental strength and patience. His mounts often seemed to have joined the race 200 yards from the finish. Witness his effort on King's Best in the Guineas or on Fanstastic Light in Dubai. I am particularily impressed by the way he rides Newmarket's Rowley Mile. In ealry, 2004 he explained in detail how he rides it in a Channel 4 interview where he walked the last 3 furlongs of the track.

This interview should be instilled in the minds of all jockeys, learners and veterans.

For the winter of 2000, Kieren rode in Dubai in his rehabilitation for his arm.

Toward the end of his victorious 2001 flat season, he announced that he would no longer be retained by Sir Micheal Stoute as some owners had pressurised Stoute to use other jockeys.

Kieren and Thierry Thulliez discussing race banter before the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket.
They were to finish 1st & 2nd.
Photo & copyright Nick Higgins of JockeysRoom.com

In early January, 2003, Kieren revealed in an exclusive interview to the Sunday Times, that he was at a rehabilitation center in Ireland to overcome an affection to alcohol.

It was a courageous thing to admit. Kieren has now turned a new leaf and it is there for all to see. He is now much more at ease with himself and looks relaxed, healthy and confident. The pay-off was that it was clearly reflected on the racecourse as he once was again leading the table by early May.

Kieren and Thierry Thulliez waiting in the wings before the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket.
They were to finish 1st & 2nd.
Photo & copyright Nick Higgins of JockeysRoom.comKieren rode a lovely waiting race on Russian Rythmn to lift his 3rd 1,000 Guineas since 1997.

Kieren then had the pick of the bunch from a very open Derby field and selected Kris Kin as his ride. The son of Kris S. looked an oil painting in the paddock and Kieren rode a perfectly timed race to lift his 10th classic, and 11 of the last 39 Classics that have been run since 1997 in the UK (26%)---not bad !

In early, 2004, in the usual jockey merry-go-round that occurs, it was announced that Keiren had been appointed as the Aga Khan's jockey for the owner's runners in the UK, which should help Kieren cement his alliance with Stoute. However, for the first proper time ,Kieren lost the jockeys' title to a re-invigorated Frankie Dettori as Kieren struggled to recover from a confidence crisis after the Ballinger Ridge incident at Lingfield.

For those wishing to see an insight into Kieren's daily rituals, have a look at his unofficial web site created by fan, Debbie Knight, at www.joinme.net/kierenfallon

2004....The Ballinger Ridge incident
No comment !

Florida 2004/05
Kieren received a lot of attention when joining the top jocks in the established Florida colony. Easily recognisable in the pack of silks, he rode some good races but he did not do himself any favours by maliging the riding surface out there.

Ballydoyle 2005
Something that was rumoured as a certainty in early 2004 became hard fact when Kieren replaced Jamie Spencer as first jockey to the powerful Coolmore/Tabor team, trained by Aidan O'Brien.

Yes, it was a hard choice to abandon Stoute after all the support he had demonstrated. But loyalty in racing, whilst admirable is hardly a quality one can expect of a jockey when their careers are so short.

However, there are plenty of reasons why it made sense for him to move - Ireland, Ballydoyle, great horses, stallion rights, Irish Championship, peace from the media in addition to a retainer of I would estimate 500,000 should be enough to sway any jockey.

And bang !, before May had hardly started, Kieren again gave everyone that "Rowley Mile" lesson mentioned above and rode all his jockey colleagues to sleep with 2 beautiful rides in both Guineas. It was this plus my hunch about Oscar Urbina on Rebel Rebel that led me to hold a very juicy 576 - 1 dual forecast ticket in my hand (mention of how much was on would be rude!).

To November 6th, 2005, Keiren now has 164 Group races--55 Group 1s, 47 Group 2s and 64 Group 3's.

CAREER WINS SINCE 1991

  • 1991---29
  • 1992---45
  • 1993---60
  • 1994---47
  • 1995---92
  • 1996---136 3rd
  • 1997---202 1st in the Championship
  • 1998---204 1st
  • 1999---202 1st
  • 2000---59.......injured from Royal Ascot onwards
  • 2001---166....1st
  • 2002---149....1st
  • 2003---221....1st
  • 2004---200......2nd
  • 2005--57 (IRE) + 64 (UK)

    UK & IRISH CLASSICS (15)

  • 1,000 Guineas---Sleepytime 1997, Wince 1999, Russian Rythmn 2003 , Virginia Waters 2005
  • 2,000 Guineas---King's Best 2000, Golan 2001, Footstepsinthesand 2005
  • Derby---Oath 1999, Kris Kin 2003, North Light 2004.
  • Irish Derby--Hurricane Run 2005
  • Oaks---Reams of Verse 1997, Ramruma 1999, Ouija Board 2004
  • Irish Oaks---Ramruma 1999

    GROUP & BIG RACE WINS
    55 Group 1s, 47 Group 2s and 64 Group 3's to November 5th, 2005 (Hurricane Run)

    1993

  • Solario Stakes Grp.3---Island Magic
  • Lincoln---High Premium

    1995

  • Chester Cup---Top Cees

    1996

  • Cherry Hinton, Grp.2.--Dazzle
  • Royal Hunt Cup---Yeast

    1997

  • 1,000 Guineas, Grp.1.--Sleepytime
  • Oaks, Grp.1.--Reams fo Verse
  • Cheveley Park Stakes Grp.1---Embassy
  • Grosser Preis Von Baden Grp.1---Borgia
  • Sussex Stakes, Grp.1.--Ali Royal
  • Musidora, Grp.2.--Reams of Verse
  • Ribblesdale Stakes, Grp.2.--Yashmak
  • Richmond Stakes, Grp.2.--Daggers Drawn
  • Champagne Stakes, Grp.2.--Daggers Drawn
  • Geoffrey Freer, Grp.2.--Dushyantor
  • Mill Reef Stakes, Grp.2.--Arkadian Hero
  • Prince of Wales Stakes, Grp.2.--Bosra Sham
  • Brigadier Gerard Stakes, Grp.3.--Bosra Sham
  • Earl of Sefton, Grp.3.--Ali Royal
  • King George Stakes, Grp.3.--Averti
  • July Stakes, Grp.3.--Bold Fact
  • Doncaster Cup, Grp.3.--Canon Can
  • Rockfel Stakes, Grp.3--Name of Love
  • May Hill Stakes, Grp.3.--Midnight Line
  • Minstrel Stakes, Grp.3.--Ramooz

    1998

  • St.James's Palace Grp.1---Dr.Fong
  • Yorkshire Oaks Grp.1--Catchascatchcan
  • Prix de la Foret Grp.1---Tomba
  • Prix Eugene Adam, Grp.2.--Dr.Fong
  • King Edward VII Stakes, Grp.2.--Royal Anthem
  • Gimcrack, Grp.2.--Josr Algarhoud
  • Duke of York Stakes, Grp.3.--Bollin Joanne
  • Curragh Cup, Grp.3.--Memorise
  • Cumberland Lodge, Grp.3.--Capri
  • Prix Andre Baboin, Grp.3.-Great Dane
  • Princess Royal Stakes, Grp.3.--Silver Rhapsody
  • Sagaro Stakes, Grp.3.--Persian Punch
  • Scottish Classic, Grp.3.--Winter Romance
  • Horris Hill Stakes, Grp.3.--Brancaster
  • Tote Ebor---Tuning

    1999

  • Tattersall's Gold Cup Grp.1---Shiva
  • Derby Stakes, Grp.1.--Oath
  • 1,000 Guineas, Grp.1.--Wince
  • Oaks, Grp1--Ramruma
  • Irish Oaks, Grp.1.--Ramruma
  • Prix du Rond Point Grp.2--Trans Island
  • Grand Prix de Chantilly, Grp.2.--Capri
  • Budweiser International, Grp.2.--Great Dane
  • Challenge Stakes, Grp.2.--Susu
  • Princess of Wales's Stakes, Grp.2.--Craigsteel
  • Brigadier Gerard Stakes, Grp.3.--Chester House
  • Greenham Stakes, Grp.3.--Enrique
  • Fred Darling, Grp.3.--Wince
  • Dee Stakes, Grp.3.--Oath
  • Tote Cesarewitch---Top Cees
  • Earl of Sefton, Grp.3.--Shiva
  • Winter Hill Stakes, Grp.3.--Zindabad
  • Queen's Vase, Grp.3.--Endorsement
  • Gordon Stakes, Grp.3.--Compton Ace
  • Diomed Stakes, Grp.3.--Trasn Island
  • Nell Gwyn, Grp.3.--Petrushka

    2000

  • 2,000 Guineas, Grp.1.--King's Best
  • Dubai Classic Grp.1.---Fantastic Light
  • Coronation Cup Grp.1--Daliapour
  • Queen Anne Grp.2---Kalanisi
  • Jockey Club Stakes Grp.2--Bluepirnt
  • Nell Gwyn Grp.3--Petrushka
  • Diomed Stakes Grp.3--Trans Island
  • Ormonde Stakes Grp.3--Daliapour
  • Queen's Vase Grp.3--Dalampour
  • Gordon Richard's Stakes, Grp.3--Little Rock
  • Royal Hunt Cup--Caribbean Monarch

    2001

  • 2,000 Guineas, Grp1.--Golan
  • Lockinge Grp.1---Medicean
  • Eclipse Grp.1---Medicean
  • Dante Stakes Grp.2--Dilshaan
  • Prix Niel Grp.2--Golan
  • Celebration Mile Grp.2--No Excuse Needed
  • Sandown Mile Grp.2--Nicobar
  • Queen Anne Stakes, Grp.2.--Medicean
  • Sun Chariot Stakes Grp.2--Independence
  • Leicestershire Stakes Grp.3--Warningford
  • Winter Hill Stakes Grp.3--Adilabad
  • Gordon Stakes, Grp3--Alexius
  • Scottish Classic Grp.3--Carnival Dancer
  • Park Stakes, Grp.3.--Tough Speed
  • Queen's Vase, Grep.3.--Artillery
  • William Hill Trophy--Orientor

    2002

  • Grand Criterium Grp.1--Hold That Tiger
  • Oaks d'Italia Grp.1--Guadalupe
  • Coronation Cup Grp1.--Boreal
  • King George & Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Grp.1--Golan
  • Nassau Stakes Grp.1--Islington
  • Yorkshire Oaks Grp.1--Islington
  • Prix Morny Grp.1--Elusive City
  • Richmond Stakes Grp.2--Elusive City
  • Lowther Stakes Grp.2--Russian Rhythm
  • Diadem Stakes, Grp.2.--Crystal Castle
  • Muisdora Stakes Grp.3--Islington
  • Princess Margaret Stakes Grp.3--Russian Rhythm
  • Craven Stakes Grp.3--King of Happiness

    2003

  • Derby, Grp1.--Kris Kin
  • Prix d'Ispahan Grp.1--Falbrav
  • Ascot Gold Cup, Grp1.--Mr.Dinos
  • Coronation Stakes, Grp.1--Russian Rythmn
  • Nassau Stakes, Grp.1--Russian Rythmn
  • Yorkshire Oaks, Grp.1--Islington
  • Fillies Mile, Grp.1--Red Bloom
  • Prix de l'Opera, Grp.1--Zee Zee Top
  • Breeders' Cup Fillies & Mares Turf, Grp.1--Islington
  • Scottish Derby, Grp.2.--Princely Venture
  • July Stakes, Grp.2--Nevisian Lad
  • Richmond Stakes, Grp.2.--Carrizo Creek.
  • Matron Stakes, Grp.2.--Favourable Terms
  • Earl of Sefton Grp.3--Olden Times
  • Princess Margaret Stakes, Grp.3.--River Belle
  • Chipchase Stakes, Grp.3--Orientor
  • Cornwallis Stakes, Grp.3.--Majestic Missile

    2004

  • Lockinge Stakes, Grp.1--Russian Rythmn
  • Oaks, Grp.1--Ouija Board
  • Derby, Grp. 1--North Light
  • Grand Pix de Saint Cloud, Grp.1.--Gamut
  • Phoenix Stakes, Grp.1.--Damson
  • Irish Oaks, Grp.1.--Ouija Board
  • Nassau Stakes, Grp1. --Favourable Terms
  • Racing Post Trophy, Grp1.--Motivator
  • Breeders' Cup Fillies & Mares Turf, Grp.1.--Ouija Board
  • Jockey Club Stks., Grp.2--Gamut
  • Dante Stakes, Grp.2--North Light
  • Grand Prix de Chantilly, Grp2.--Policy Maker
  • Coventry Stakes, Grp.2--Iceman
  • Windsor Forest Stakes, Grp.2--Favourable Terms
  • Scottish Derby, Grp.2.--Kalaman
  • Lonsdale Cup, Grp.2.--First Charter
  • Celebration Mile, Grp.2.--Chic
  • Yorkshire Oaks, Grp.2.-- Quiff
  • Fred Darling Stakes, Grp.3--Majestic Desert
  • Gordon Richards Stks, Grp.3--Chancellor
  • Criterion Stakes, Grp.3.--Arakan
  • Laurent Perrier Sprint, Grp.3.--Orientor
  • Hungerford Stakes, Grp.3--Chic
  • Sirenia Stakes, Grp.3.--Satchem
  • International Stakes, H'cap--Court Masterpiece

    2005

  • 2,000 Guineas, Grp.1.--Footstepsinthesand
  • 1,000 Guineas, Grp1.--Virginia Waters
  • Ridgewood Pearl Stakes, Grp.2--Airwave
  • Dee Stakes, Grp.3.--Gypsy King
  • 1,000 Guineas Trial, Grp.3--Viriginia Waters
  • 1,000 Guineas Trial, Grp.3.--Belle Artiste
  • Middleton Stakes, Grp.3.--All Too Beautiful
  • Coronation Cup, Grp.1.--Yeats
  • Railway Stakes, Grp.2.--George Washington
  • Irish Derby, Grp.1.--Hurricane Run
  • Eclipse Stakes, Grp.1.--Oratorio
  • July Stakes, Grp.2--Ivan Denisovich
  • Anglesey Stakes, Grp.3--Amigoni
  • Princess Margaret Stakes, Grp.3--Mixed Blessing
  • Superlative Stakes, Grp.3--Horatio Nelson
  • Futurity, Grp.2.--Horatio Nelson
  • Phoenix Stakes, Grp.1.--George Washington
  • Grand Prix de Paris, Grp.1--Scorpion
  • Prince of Wales Stakes, Grp.2--Gamut
  • Debutante Stakes, Grp.2--Rumplestiltskin
  • Moyglare Stakes, Grp.1.--Rumplestiltskin
  • Irish Champion Stakes, Grp.1--Oratorio
  • Prix Niel, Grp.2.--Hurricane Run
  • Strensall Stakes, Grp.3--Mullins Bay
  • Supreme Stakes, Grp.3--Arakan
  • Tattersalls Stakes, Grp.3--Aussie Rules
  • Prix Marcel Boussac, Grp.1--Rumplestiltskin
  • Grand Citerium, Grp.1--Horatio Nelson
  • Arc, Grp.1.--Hurricane Run
  • Killavullan Stakes Grp.3--Frost Giant
  • Jockey Club Gold Cup, Grp.3--Cover Up.

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