Well, well, well. Kieren Fallon comes a cropper in the law courts.
Native Khan’s owner, Ibrahim Araci, has been successful in his appeal to prevent Fallon from riding Recital this afternoon and the sensational story has usurped the favourite in the market, the Queen’s horse, in the racing headlines.
Going into the race it has all been about Her Maj’s Carlton House and his twanged leg tendon. Now we will be hanging off our seats going round Tattenham Corner to see if Fallon’s intended mount, Recital, is running like a Derby winner and Native Khan’s Araci will be wanting right to be on his side for the second time in a day in the UK.
Imagine the equivalent in another sport? Injunction prevents footballer playing in a Cup Final. Legal ramifications may abound. But that’s for another day.
Today we have the Queen, the Aga Khan, the Turk and the Irish, plus a billion punters. What story are they going to back this afternoon with so many to choose from.
Now, with a little help from the judge, one of the most intriguing narratives of the day belongs to Recital.
Pat Smullen is forgoing a date in Tramore, Ireland this afternoon and hot-footing over to the Epsom Downs to partner Recital. I don’t really rate the form of that horse myself – Fallon may know better than me of course, but I would like to see Native Khan come home in front of that one, for both the craic and on pedigree.
Then there is Carlton House, belonging to the Queen. She has never had the Derby winner, so a first winner for her and a sixth winner for her trainer, Sir Michael Stoute, would be a nice headline for the Sunday papers. Better yet that she saves her first winner of the Derby for her Diamond Jubilee year (that’s 2012)?
Best story: Native Khan wins, making Fallon a liar and a fool
Second best: The Queen wins and a nation rejoices
Third best: Recital wins and the British justice system prevails
Ok, not buying that analysis? Try this instead.
Ballydoyle run 4 – yawn, yawn, yawn, yawn. Of the four, I would take Seville.
I can’t have anything by Montjeu today so that narrows things down nicely. And I find I am bored of typing now so I will leave it as a combination forecast involving Native Khan, Seville and Vadamar. Oh I am nothing if not rigorous in my analysis…
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!