Kieren Fallon Retires

Champion jockey hangs up his boots

Kieren Fallon

Kieren Fallon

On Monday, 4 July 2016, the racing world awoke to the news that multiple UK champion jockey Kieren Fallon has hung up his boots.

Fallon, was born on 22 February 1965 in Crusheen, Country Clare in Ireland.  He began his apprenticeship in 1982 and claimed his first winner at Navan two years later.  His first British winner came aboard Evichstar at Thirsk in 1988 and in 1997 he was crowned UK champion jockey for the first time.

The 51 year old rode over 2,200 winners in his career and would be crowned UK champion jockey a total of 6 times.

His British Classic wins include:-

2,000 Guineas – 5 times (King’s Best, Golan, Footstepsinthesand, George Washington, Night Of Thunder)
1,000 Guineas – 4 times (Sleepytime, Wince, Russian Rhythm, Virginia Waters)
Derby – 3 times (Oath, Kris Kin, North Light)
Oaks – 4 times (Reams Of Verse, Ramruma, Ouija Board, Alexandrova)

Other top level successes included the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe on two occasions (Hurricane Run, Dylan Thomas), 30 winners at Royal Ascot and two victories at the Breeders’ Cup (Islington, Ouija Board).

Fallon had been riding in Ireland, mainly for Curragh trainer Michael O’Callaghan and had ridden nine winners from 115 rides in Ireland this season.

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