Derby Day: Part I
I am hanging around to see how the judge rules in the appeal against jockey Kieren Fallon being ‘allowed’ to ride Recital in this afternoon’s race. They said we would get a judgement at 9 am this morning, no sign so far.
Native Khan’s owner, a Mr Araci, has taken exception at Fallon jumping off his rather nice (but unlikely Derby winner according to many) grey colt, onto one of the bigger guns from the Ballydoyle yard. Ed Dunlop, Native Khan’s trainer, says that Fallon did indeed sign a contract to ride the horse.
Anyone who follows racing knows that Mr Fallon is not a philanthropic sort of fellow so none of us would be surprised at his jocking himself off Native Khan, but I am rather interested to see what the judges do finally decided. And there is something rather compelling about an owner prepared to go the extra mile and thoroughly mess Mr Fallon about…
I do wonder if he might improve a little for the step up in trip.
09.37: still waiting *drums fingers impatiently*
STOP PRESS: Fallon banned from riding in the Derby!