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Controversial jockey’s latest ban affects the Guineas odds

| 14.04.2011

There’s arguably no other jockey better than Keiren Fallon at grabbing headlines and the controversial star of flat racing finds himself the subject of debate once again.

Fallon has been hit with a ten-day ban by the British Horseracing Authority after stewards found him guilty of not riding to the line aboard Sukhothai at Kempton on Wednesday and as a result will miss the Guineas meeting at Newmarket.

Fallon’s ban runs from April 27 to May 6 and while he is free to ride Craven Stakes 4/5 favourite Native Khan today, he won’t be aboard Native Khan when he attempts to win the 2000 guineas – currently priced at 20/1 to win in the 2000 Guineas betting.

Fallon has won both the 1000 Guineas and 2000 Guineas on four occasions and the six-time champion jockey always attracts a lot of attention in the Guineas betting.

Native Khan or Fury (20/1) were his potential rides in the opening Classic of the year and Fallon is considering appealing the decision, but his track record would make it difficult for the stewards to overturn the decision.

In the past seven years Fallon has been involved in allegations of race fixing and has been charged with conspiracy to defraud and while cleared on both counts, Fallon has suffered lengthy bans from the racecourse due to testing positive for banned substances.

His name is one instantly associated with flat racing and the Kieren Fallon factor always affects the horse racing odds.

Like AP McCoy attracts punters in the National Hunt betting, Fallon does so during the Flat season and his ban will be a blow to ante-post bettors of his potential Guineas rides.

With the National Hunt season drawing to a close, the Flat season is at the forefront of punters minds and the Guineas meeting will get the Flat season well and truly under way.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.