Fallon Under Investigation for Questionable Ride
by The Associated Press
Date Posted: 3/2/2004 5:01:31 PM

Jockey Kieren Fallon will be investigated by British racing officials after a questionable ride in a race Tuesday at Lingfield.

Fallon's mount, Ballinger Ridge, was leading by ten lengths midway through the race but the rider apparently eased up on his horse in the final furlong and lost by a head.

Just before the race, security officials reported "suspicious betting patterns," Jockey Club spokesman John Maxse said.

Ballinger Ridge was a 15-8 betting choice. Rye, who won the race, was the 8-11 favorite. After the race, about 100 angry bettors gathered outside the weighing room and booed Fallon.

"It looked worse than it was," trainer Andrew Balding said. "Kieren said he was giving our horse a breather and then was asking him to go again. The horse is a maiden after a lot of opportunities and is not the easiest of rides."

Race stewards interviewed Fallon, who said he had been instructed to make the run and then hang on to win the race. After reviewing a tape of the race, stewards found Fallon guilty of failing to ride out a victory.

"Shortly before the race, the security department did contact the Lingfield stewards to report some of what they describe as suspicious betting patterns," Maxse said.

"In view of what happened in the race, it would be remiss of the stewards to resolve the matter on course without considering whether there is any correlation between the two."

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