Racing: Fallon fails in attempt to ride in Hong Kong

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Kieren Fallon's attempt to be granted a licence to ride at the Hong Kong International at Sha Tin on 10 December has failed. He had hoped to ride Ballydoyle's 2005 St Leger winner Scorpion against Ouija Board in the Hong Kong Vase.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club has turned down his application, saying: "The licensing committee's decision not to grant a licence was consistent with previous decisions not to permit jockeys who were the subject of law enforcement investigations to ride in Hong Kong pending the outcome of those investigations."

Fallon was banned from riding in Britain after being charged with conspiracy to defraud, a charge he refutes. He has continued to ride in Ireland, France and Australia, but was barred from competing in the Arlington Million in Chicago.