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Saturday 24 February 2018

Move to Dubai 'the best decision I've ever made' - Fallon

Kieren Fallon. Photo: INPHO/Morgan Treacy
Kieren Fallon. Photo: INPHO/Morgan Treacy Sportsdesk

Kieren Fallon says his decision to quit the saddle and move to Dubai to undergo treatment for depression was "the best decision I've ever made".

The six-time British champion Flat jockey, 51, who has been enjoying his work in a racing yard having teamed up again with Godolphin trainer Saeed Bin Suroor, says he has come to terms with his retirement.

"You think everything is finished. I couldn't really see further than the next day, whereas now I'm really looking forward to the carnival, looking forward to being back in Newmarket and riding out again.

"I'm just getting on," he told the Racing Post, ahead of the Dubai Carnival at Meydan which starts today.

"When you stop riding you think your whole world ends. Thinking of all the boys, I'm not very far behind Pat Eddery, Walter Swinburn, Mark Birch, Lindsay Charnock, people I was riding with, how quick they can go. You have to try to look after yourself.

"You're working every day, seven days a week from five in the morning until midnight, then it all stops.

"I was riding longer than I should have been. I should have retired years ago. But I knew if I did I'd struggle. That's why I kept going, kept trying to grasp on to something. It's the best decision I've ever made to do what I'm doing now."

The Clare man has found the right balance between being involved in the sport he loves and getting access to the help he needs for an illness that had gone undiagnosed until last year.

"Things are great," he said. "I ride out most days for Saeed. They're lovely rides and nice horses. We're really looking forward to the carvnival this week.

"There's a real buzz in the yard, with good guys there. We're all excited. We have three runners and hopefully one of them will win."

"I've been out here since early November and I'm really enjoying it. I'm still going on with my treatment, but the main thing is I'm enjoying my work. I love riding in the mornings and golf in the afternoons."

Irish Independent

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