Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fallon Will Take His Fight to High Court as Appeal Fails

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fallon Will Take His Fight to High Court as Appeal Fails

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THE row over Kieren Fallon's ban from riding in Britain is set to rumble on all the way to the High Court. Fallon vowed today he will take his fight to continue riding to the highest legal levels after his appeal against suspension was turned down by the Horseracing Regulatory Authority.

Minutes after the announcement by HRA's independent Appeal Board, the jockey issued a statement through his solicitors confirming he now planned "to take the matter to the High Court and beyond if necessary".

Fallon has been prevented from riding in Britain since he was one of three jockeys charged last week with conspiring to defraud the betting public, the culmination of a two-year police investigation into allegations of race-fixing.

Submissions to the appeal, which took more than four hours last night, centred around whether suspending him until the start of trial, which could be a year or more away, was a disproportionate penalty.

Fallon's legal team, bankrolled by his multimillionaire bosses from Ireland's powerful Coolmore operation, also argued the HRA had "erred in law" by declining to accept evidence in respect of the underlying criminal charges.

But the Appeal Board, chaired by former High Court judge Sir Roger Buckley, rejected these arguments.

A HRA statement said: "Mindful of the serious criminal charges now outstanding against Kieren Fallon (the Board) decided the panel's decision to decline to consider any of the presently available evidence was correct.

Further, that the decision to prohibit him from riding in races in Britain until the conclusion of his trial or further order was justified."

A fuller explanation of the HRA's decision is expected tomorrow.

Fallonsix-time British champion jockey, responded: "I am deeply disappointed by the refusal of the HRA to overturn my suspension.

"I will now take the matter to the High Court, and beyond if necessary, to reinstate my rights to earn a living in the UK and participate in the sport that I love. …

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