Racing: Treble for Dettori but Fallon still without win

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Kieren Fallon is finding the going tough after his midweek arrest by police investigating race-fixing. The champion endured his second winnerless day after spending Wednesday under interrogation at Bury St Edmunds police station and yesterday had to suffer as his chief rival for the jockeys' championship, Frankie Dettori, notched a treble at Kempton.

Dettori narrowed the gap between the two jockeys to just 10 winners - 141 to 131 - with two victories for his Godolphin paymasters on the two-year-olds Humourous and Halle Bop. They moved Sheikh Mohammed's operation on to 33 juvenile winners this term at a strike-rate of 30 per cent. Ocean Avenue completed the treble.

Darren Williams yesterday broke his silence over his arrest and subsequent release on bail on Wednesday. The 22-year-old rider, who is attached to Karl Burke's stables at Middleham, North Yorkshire, issued a statement which said: "My arrest on Wednesday was a real bolt from the blue. I have not done anything wrong. I co-operated fully with the police and, as far as I am concerned, I am simply assisting with their enquiries.

"During my interview, which lasted only 20 minutes, I was asked about my relationship with one individual. I was not asked questions at all about specific races or specific horses."

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