Kieren Fallon

Kingsbarns at last set to live up to reputation

The status of Derby favourite proved something of a poisoned chalice this spring, when first Kingsbarns and then Telescope dropped out of the Epsom picture with setbacks. Both are about to start making up for lost time, however, each having been given an exploratory Group Three entry this weekend. Telescope, who made an impressive resumption at Leicester last month, could go to Haydock on Saturday, while Kingsbarns is on course to reappear at the Curragh the following day.

O'Donoghue offers O'Brien a ready solution

For a perfectionist, there can never be a perfect solution. And if that is how Aidan O'Brien came to find himself in his present predicament, then it may also show him the best way out.

Celestial falls to earth with a bump

A Halo slipped at Exeter yesterday, when a race that had promised to refresh the appetite of punters for jump racing instead served to remind them only of its hazards. Having finished fourth and second in the last two runnings of the Champion Hurdle, Celestial Halo would be as accomplished a hurdler as Paul Nicholls has ever sent over fences.

Moore in no mood to surrender his title yet

The horse pencilled in for Ryan Moore's comeback duly won on his hometown track of Brighton yesterday – but Profondo Rosso was instead ridden by Kieren Fallon and it will be a few days yet before the champion jockey is fit to resume.

Beauty deflates Ballydoyle's Derby build-up

Although the two Classics at Epsom this weekend, the Derby and the Oaks, are rightly at the forefront of anticipation, there are so many other facets to the sport, not least the quest to find a successor to the peerless Yeats. The exploits of the great horse, who completed an unprecedented Ascot Gold Cup four-timer last June, revitalised interest in the staying division, but his retirement at the end of the season left an imposing set of horseshoes to fill.

Quest ends in heartbreak as stewards put Duty first

Seldom can a panel of racecourse stewards have felt so confident that its intervention would be warmly received. After all, the filly they were promoting to first place had been winter favourite for the Stan James 1,000 Guineas, and thwarted only in a photo finish by an unconsidered 66-1 shot, Jacqueline Quest. In the event, however, their verdict prompted a groan of dismay from many, and only the most sheepish of cheers from the reprieved backers of Special Duty.

Fallon comeback starts with losers

Six-times champion jockey Kieren Fallon, whose career could have been destroyed by a race-fixing trial and a drugs ban, made his comeback today after nearly two years but could only manage a second and a fourth in his first two rides at Lingfield Park.

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