Fallon fails in Hong Kong bid

KIEREN FALLON has failed in his bid to be granted a licence to ride at the Hong Kong International at Sha Tin on December 10.

The Irish rider had been pencilled in to ride 2005 St Leger winner Scorpion in the Hong Kong Vase, where he would have been set to compete against Ouija Board - on whom Fallon won the race on 12 months ago.

However, a Hong Kong Jockey Club statement read: “The licensing committee, at their meeting held this afternoon, decided not to grant a jockey’s licence to Kieren Fallon for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Race Meeting scheduled to be conducted at Sha Tin racecourse on Sunday, 10 December, 2006.

“The licensing committee was of the view that whilst it was not appropriate for them to comment on Kieren Fallon’s pending criminal proceedings relating to horse racing integrity in the United Kingdom, the decision not to grant him a jockey’s licence was consistent with the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s previous decisions not to permit jockeys who were the subject of law enforcement investigations to ride in Hong Kong pending the outcome of those investigations.”

Although Fallon is banned from riding in Britain as he has been charged with conspiracy to defraud Betfair customers, the Horseracing Regulatory Authority has not asked other racing jurisdictions to follow their example.

As a result, Fallon was able to partner Yeats in the Melbourne Cup but was barred from competing in the Arlington Million and subsequently dropped attempts to ride at the Breeders’ Cup meeting.

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