Fallon draws a blank on return to saddle

The return to the saddle of Kieren Fallon ensured that it was an unusually busy day at Salisbury races on Thursday and for the champion jockey it was marked by another unusual thing a winless day. Salisbury is not used to much attention from the racing press, even for what was one of its biggest days of the year, let alone the general media but they were out in force to see the return of Fallon one of 16 people arrested on Wednesday as part of a police investigation into race fixing.

The racecourse laid on extra security to ensure the champion jockey made it out to the paddock for his first ride of the day, Golden Fury, but they could not help him during the race where he finished fourth of five. His luck did not improve much either, with two second-place finishes from his other five rides, although none of them were strongly fancied.

Fallon, who was released without charge on Wednesday afternoon, refused to comment on the case. He has been bailed until November 2, when he will face further police questioning and is back in action at Kempton Park today seeking to extend his lead in the jockey's championship.

“I'm afraid, [Fallon's] got nothing to say,” Salisbury clerk of the course Jeremy Martin said. “He just wants to get on with the day.”

Darren Williams, Fergal Lynch and Karl Burke, the two other jockeys and one trainer also arrested on Wednesday, received similar attention at Carlisle and Redcar. Burke, who saddled one runner at Carlisle, ridden by Williams, strongly defended his record. “I've done nothing wrong, categorically nothing wrong.”

Meanwhile, the Jockey Club has postponed its disciplinary hearing into remarks Fallon and fellow jockey John Egan made to undercover News of the World reporters until at least November 2 the day the jockey is due to reappear before the police.

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