Fallon has lucky escape from Newbury kick
Published 17/04/2010 | 05:00
Kieren Fallon (above) had a lucky escape after a horse kicked him in the leg at Newbury yesterday.
The 45-year-old appears to have emerged relatively unscathed from the incident, which resulted in him being rushed to hospital.
A spokesman for the hospital said: "He's okay. He came in about 5.30 and he walked out of A&E about an hour later."
Fallon may yet be passed fit to ride today at Newbury, where his intended mounts include Purple Moon in the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stake and Lady Of The Desert in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes.
The six-times champion jockey was about to take the mount aboard Mick Channon's Ayam Zainah in the Bridget Maiden Fillies' Stakes when Alioonagh bolted, causing mayhem in the paddock.
The Matthew Salaman-trained daughter of Giant's Causeway upset several of her rivals and caused Fallon's mount to kick out in alarm and strike the jockey.
Initial fears of a break to his leg later subsided after a check-up in the racecourse medical centre.
Chris Catlin took over from Fallon aboard Channon's filly and she went on to fill 10th place. "She's an absolute pussycat at home and would never normally kick out," said Channon. "She became upset by the loose horse running past and has kicked out and hit Kieren."
Fallon returned to the saddle this spring after a turbulent second half of the last decade, which included a world-wide drugs suspension and an appearance at the Old Bailey that resulted in the collapse of a trial based on allegations of race-fixing.
He was just 100/30 with Coral prior to racing to claim his seventh championship and had bagged 10 winners in the opening weeks of the campaign.