07 Mar 2004 Pre-2014 Releases

Kieren Fallon / News of the World Allegations

Published: 7 March 2004

Following the allegations made in the News of the World regarding Kieren Fallon, John Maxse, Public Relations Director of the Jockey Club, said:

“The Jockey Club announced on Tuesday that it was investigating the suspicious betting patterns of the race at Lingfield in which Kieren Fallon finished second on Ballinger Ridge. One of the key aims of the investigation is to establish if there was any correlation between the suspicious betting patterns and Kieren Fallon’s failure to obtain the best possible placing. As part of that investigation the Jockey Club will be interviewing Kieren Fallon.

“The News of the World have agreed to provide the Jockey Club with the dossier of their own investigation into Kieren Fallon and once we have studied it we will be interviewing the jockey about its contents.

“In the meantime the Jockey Club will make a decision tomorrow as to whether Kieren Fallon’s suspension for failing to obtain the best possible placing on Ballinger Ridge can take effect while the Security Department’s investigation into the betting patterns is still on-going.

“Paul Scotney, our Director of Security, is heading the investigation and the matter is at present our number one priority.”

7th March 2004