Sunday 21 January 2018

Spare fallon an industry's piety

Vincent Hogan

Vincent Hogan

The impulse with Kieren Fallon is to dismiss his latest brush with controversy as just another bad decision by a man with a long history of poor choices.

Even those who, traditionally, have seen light in his darkness, seemed oddly subdued as the Appeal Court in London, effectively, stood him down over the weekend. Yet is there not even the faintest sense of unease at the muscle flexed to keep him out of Saturday's Epsom Derby?

Fallon's decision to switch from Native Khan to Recital was deemed in court to constitute a breach of contract. But what status would that contract have if, say, the change of mind had come from Native Khan's owner? None.

He doesn't help himself we know, but, in this instance, Fallon should perhaps be spared an industry's piety.

Irish Independent

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