On this day in 2008: Jockey Kieren Fallon handed 18-month suspension

On this day in 2008 six-time champion jockey Kieren Fallon was banned from racing for 18 months after testing positive for a banned substance.

He initially failed a test following Myboycharlie’s success in the Group One Darley Prix Morny the previous August.

A B-test sample confirmed the original positive test for a banned substance and France Galop imposed the ban.

Kieren Fallon
Fallon was banned from racing for 18 months (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Speaking about the ban, he told the Racing Post: “It’s not a tragedy, you know. Far from it.

“There’s no doubt I’ll bounce back. It’s very silly of people to talk of retirement. I’m young at heart and have many years left.

“I’ll use the duration of the ban to get back on track, and when I do come back I’ll be stronger, both mentally and physically.”

Kieren Fallon
Fallon made his return to racing at Lingfield in 2009 (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Fallon returned to the sport in September 2009 and made his return to action at Lingfield.

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