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Fallon wants to deter any copycat incidents

VETERAN Irish jockey Kieren Fallon is considering legal action against the racehorse owner who attacked him after a race at Lingfield at the weekend.

The former champion jockey is concerned that such unsavoury incidents could be repeated unless a firm line is taken.

Though he returned to Dubai at the weekend to prepare for the World Cup meeting, Fallon has kept in close touch with the fallout from the punch thrown by David Reynolds, joint owner of a beaten favourite in a Lingfield 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. It's the only sport in the world where professionals walk out through the general public and, given the amount of drink that is consumed on racecourses, the potential for such incidents is alarming. 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 on Saturday. Reynolds must face a disciplinary hearing at the British Horseracing Authority and could be disqualified as an owner for anything up to a year. He has expressed remorse for his actions but refused to extend an apology to Fallon. Reynolds, who has four horses in training and had 12 winners last year, said: "I was wrong and I'll accept whatever punishment the BHA give me, but I didn't punch Kieren, I slapped him."

Fallon was struck by Reynolds, joint-owner of beaten favourite The Scorching Wind and third-placed Seek The Fair Land, as the jockey unsaddled Elna Bright, since Reynolds blamed him for causing interference to the favourite. Fallon was exonerated by the stewards of all wrongdoing.