The 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.
During 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.
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 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 !
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.
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
1997---202 1st in the Championship
2000---59.......injured from Royal Ascot onwards
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)
Solario Stakes Grp.3---Island Magic
Chester Cup---Top Cees
Cherry Hinton, Grp.2.--Dazzle
Royal Hunt Cup---Yeast
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
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
Tattersall's Gold Cup Grp.1---Shiva
Derby Stakes, Grp.1.--Oath
1,000 Guineas, Grp.1.--Wince
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
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
2,000 Guineas, Grp1.--Golan
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
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
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
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
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.