Fallon waits on appeal verdict

KIEREN FALLON will have to wait until today to hear whether he can resume riding in Britain.

The appeal board of the Horseracing Regulatory Authority adjourned Fallon’s case last night after hearing submissions from the rider’s legal team.

The hearing began as planned at 5pm but after completing the lengthy process, the panel will not announce their verdict until today.

“All submissions relating to Kieren Fallon’s appeal have been heard by the appeal board and they adjourned at approximately 9pm this evening, after commencing proceedings at 5pm,” said a HRA statement.

“The appeal board will consider the submissions and a decision is expected to be announced tomorrow afternoon.

“Obviously we will issue a statement when this decision is available.”

Fallon is hoping to overturn last Friday’s decision by the HRA not to allow him to ride in Britain until he stands trial for conspiracy to defraud. Last week the six-times champion was charged as part of a police investigation into alleged race-fixing. Any trial in the case is not expected to be before spring 2007.

On Friday, a special panel of the HRA made an order prohibiting him from riding in races in Britain “until the conclusion of the trial or further orders”.

Meanwhile Confidential Lady’s participation in the Darley Irish Oaks on Sunday will hinge on the ground at the Curragh. Connections of the classy filly, a ready winner of the French Oaks on her last start, will monitor the weather before letting her take her chance in the Curragh Classic.

Despite pleasing Sir Mark Prescott in a workout at Newmarket on Tuesday, Confidential Lady is not likely to run if there is a deluge of rainfall before Sunday’s big race.

“A decision will be made over the next couple of days,” said Chris Richardson, racing manager for the three-year-old’s owners Cheveley Park Stud.

“She seems fine and it will depend on how much rain they get at the Curragh.

“If we are going to step her up in distance we don’t want to do it on heavy ground, so we will monitor the weather over the next 48 hours.

“She wasn’t stopping at the end of the Prix de Diane but if she doesn’t stay, we could always drop her back for something like the Nassau Stakes,” Richardson told the Racing Post.

Confidential Lady is one of 13 Irish Oaks entries at the five-day declaration stage.

Aidan O’Brien is responsible for odds-on favourite and Epsom Oaks winner Alexandrova, Fermion and Kushnarenkovo, while Sir Michael Stoute is double-handed at this stage with Scottish Stage and Short Skirt.

Britain could also be represented by Mick Channon’s Kassiopeia and Rising Cross, who has been supplemented for the 12-furlong contest at a price of €40,000.

Ribblesdale Stakes winner Mont Etoile, trained by Newmarket-based handler William Haggas, has also been supplemented for the race.

Ardbrae, Arosa, Flyingit and Tom Taaffe’s Dryandra complete the list of possibles for the Group One event at the Curragh.

Darryll Holland has landed the plum ride on Forgery in the 47th John Smith’s Cup at York on Saturday.

He has ridden Gerard Butler’s charge twice before, finishing first and second on the lightly-raced gelding last season. This term Forgery, a 9-1 chance for the Heritage Handicap with Ladbrokes, has already lifted the Newbury Spring Cup.

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