Fallon eyes legal action to deter copycat attackers
KIEREN Fallon has instructed his solicitor to pursue legal action against the racehorse owner who attacked him at Lingfield Park last Saturday. The former champion jockey is concerned that such unsavoury incidents could be repeated unless a firm line is taken.
While returning to Dubai at the weekend to prepare for the World Cup meeting, Fallon has kept in close touch with his representatives following the punch thrown by David Reynolds, joint owner of a beaten favourite in a handicap.
Yesterday, Christopher Stewart-Moore, his solicitor, said: "Kieren has asked me to consider an action for damages and I am looking into it now. For some time, he has expressed concern about the safety of jockeys on racecourses and this assault has proved him right. Kieren is worried there may be copycat attacks unless something is done."
Fallon, who employed his own security team when he returned to race-riding at Lingfield last autumn, is apparently dismayed that police were not called to the track after the fracas.
Reynolds must face a disciplinary hearing at the British Horseracing Authority and could be disqualified as an owner for anything up to a year.
Meanwhile, 14 horses were declared yesterday for the Dubai World Cup, the richest race in the world and the climax of Saturday's meeting at the new Meydan venue.
Fallon will ride Gitano Hernando for Marco Botti, while Twice Over and Crowded House complete the British challenge for a race not won by a European stable since Singspiel in 1997.
Aidan O'Brien has reported his horses which worked after racing at the Curragh on Sunday have returned to Ballydoyle unscathed. Racing Post Trophy winner St Nicholas Abbey, Dewhurst one-two Beethoven and Fencing Master and stalwarts Fame And Glory and Rip Van Winkle were all in action.
"Sam (Curling) was very happy with St Nicholas Abbey, but thought in an ideal world he would prefer much better ground," said O'Brien.
"Johnny (Murtagh) was happy with Age Of Aquarius and with Cape Blanco. Seamus (Heffernan) was very happy with Fame And Glory and Colm (O'Donoghue) was also happy with Fencing Master. (© The Times, London)