Kieren Fallon punched in the paddock
This unseemly incident happened this afternoon at Lingfield. Apparently an owner of two horses in the second race (David Reynolds) came over to where Fallon was unsaddling his mount and punched him in the face.
I don’t mind admitting there was a time when I would have paid good money to see that, especially after a Group race in the summer perhaps at Royal Ascot, but I’ve revised my opinion somewhat of Mr Fallon. Besides what I may or may not think, it not the proper way to carry on if you are an owner. It would seem that the favourite The Scorching Wind, who was one of the horses owned by Reynolds, was seriously hampered by Fallon’s ride Elna Bright as it appeared to lose its action and was practically pulled up.
God knows how much money the owner had backed it for.
Still, there’s nothing worse than a bad loser and as Fallon said afterwards: it’s fine he punches “like a girl”.