Racing: Fallon joins Balding stable
Wednesday 16 December 1998
One reason for Balding's approach to Fallon was the lack of opportunity to use the former champion Frankie Dettori who, over the seasons, has steered home many of Balding's best winners, including the speedsters Lochsong and Lochangel.
"We've always used Frankie when available but he's becoming more and more unavailable," the trainer said. "Henry rarely introduces his two- year-old's until midway through the season. Hopefully our two-year-old's will be ready early in the year and we can have some success with them. There are also a lot of handicaps where Henry isn't involved when we can use Kieren."
The up-and-coming apprentice Adrian Nicholls will also be moving to Balding's Kingsclere base. The son of the trainer David Nicholls, Adrian was attached to Barry Hills's yard last season.
Balding is paving the way for his retirement and his son, Andrew, has joined his father as assistant trainer after two seasons with Jack and Lynda Ramsden, who retired from training last month. The amateur jockey Chris Bonner is also teaming up with Balding as travelling head lad.
Nicholls has already benefited from joining Balding with an extended working holiday in the United States as a prize for becoming last season's leading apprentice at Pontefract.
"We made the way clear for him to join us from Barry's," Balding said. "He will spend an extra fortnight in America and we have made arrangements for him to ride in California."
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Emirates was the easy option for Mesut Ozil. He needs a leader - and Arsenal don't have them
Gareth Bale reveals the two things he hates about Real Madrid: 'Getting nutmegged and Spanish spiders'
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao
Cristiano Ronaldo shows off his dance moves, including the moonwalk
Terminally-ill Club Brugge fan Lorenzo Schoonbaert delays euthanasia appointment to see his beloved football club 'win one last time'
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
£50000 - £70000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This provider of global logisti...
£35000 - £70000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Manager (Vice President...
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Digital Marketing Executive i...
£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are an award-winning digit...