Fallon takes owner clash on the chin
CONTROVERSIAL Irish jockey Kieren Fallon was allegedly punched while unsaddling Elna Bright at Lingfield on Saturday by an owner of two horses which ran in the same race.
David Reynolds -- joint owner of 3/1 favourite The Scorching Wind and third-placed Seek The Fair Land -- was escorted off the track by security. The stewards launched an inquiry and took statements from Brett Johnson and Peter Crate, trainer and owner of Elna Bright, who witnessed the incident.
It is understood that Reynolds blamed Fallon for causing interference to The Scorching Wind, which finished ninth of 10.
However, stewards exonerated the former champion jockey of all blame -- Fallon having eased up on his mount, which had been struck into, when The Scorching Wind was behind him. The racecourse vet later confirmed Elna Bright had been injured.
Fallon, who went on to ride in the Winter Derby, said: "He came up behind me when I was unsaddling but I'm all right -- he hits like a girl. I don't know what it was about."
Also on Saturday, Tony McCoy landed the Midlands National at Uttoxeter for his boss JP McManus and Jonjo O'Neill on Synchronised (15/2), which fought off the game mare L'Aventure. The winner could now head for either the Scottish or Irish Nationals if the ground is soft.