Jockey Kieren Fallon to make long-awaited comeback
Controversial jockey Kieren Fallon returns from his enforced wilderness on Friday after serving an 18-month ban for a positive substance sample when riding in France back in 2007.
The 44-year-old is determined to open his record in style. Fallon has claimed every possible ride at both Lingfield and Kempton and will be aboard four runners at the Surrey course, with a further three on the evening card at Kempton.
Fallon, eager to return to his glory days has made a pledge to go for the 2010 Jockeys' Championship, for which he is a 4/1 shot with bookmakers William Hill to regain the crown he last won in 2003. Hills also price him at 4-6 to ride over 100 winners in 2010.
William Hill’s Kate Miller said: ''We bookies are never sure whether to kiss or curse Kieren. The punters adore his 'never say die' attitude in the saddle with his refusal to let go of a seemingly beaten runner. Whilst he will doubtless buoy up turnover with his return, we could soon be ruing his zest for the game when he begins to dominate again.''
Hills are anticipating a welcome reception for Kieren at Lingfield on Friday, offering a 5/4 chance that the usually sparsely attended all-weather meeting attracts a jumbo crowd of between 1,000 and 2,000, and 6-4 that the 'Fallon Factor' draws in over 2,000 fans.