Kieren Fallon

Kieren Fallon

Anne M. Eberhardt

Fallon to Miss Epsom Derby After Ruling

Jockey Pat Smullen likely to be aboard Recital in British classic.

Champion Irish jockey Kieren Fallon will not be allowed to ride in Saturday's Epsom Derby (Eng-I) after the owner of another horse in the race filed a successful appeal of an order barring the jockey from riding Recital.

According to published reports, Lord Justice Jackson and Lord Justice Elias overturned High Court judge Mr. Justice MacDuff’s refusal on June 3 to grant an injunction preventing the three-time Derby winner from riding in the event.

Ibrahim Araci, who owns Derby entrant Native Khan, received a favorable injunction barring Fallon from riding for Aidan O’Brien in the British Classic. According to published reports, Fallon was originally committed to ride Native Khan, whom he rode to a third-place finish in the Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I), but later changed his mind in favor of Recital.

The reports said Khan considered Fallon’s action to be a breach of contract but that the rider called it a “misunderstanding.”

Pat Mullen was expected to pick up the mount on Recital following the court ruling.