Kieren Fallon has been accused of everything from sleeping with his trainer's wife to 'stopping' horses to help engineer a betting coup. He has denied the charges, and successfully sued those who made the allegations. Yet controversy is never far away, whether it is attempting to pull a rival jockey from his horse in mid-race or checking in to a rehab clinic because of alcohol abuse. But there is a different side to Fallon, a man who never got on a race horse until he was almost 18 and yet quickly he developed a natural rapport with his horses that makes them respond to him like no other jockey. Six times in the last eight seasons, he has been Champion Jockey, and a seventh title was taken from his grasp when he had an horrific, career-threatening fall in June 2000. He has won eleven Classics, including the Derby three times. Award-winning sports writer Andrew Longmore has talked to those who know Fallon best, and assesses what drives him to his fearsome competitive streak. Like his fellow countryman Roy Keane, Fallon combines supreme ability with a brooding dark side that makes him a hugely captivating and fascinating character.
This, the first-ever biography of Fallon, will unveil the truth about the man for all his many fans.
Andrew Longmore is the award-winning Senior Sports Writer for the Sunday Times, having previously worked for The Times and the Independent on Sunday. He has written several other books, including Best Mate with Henrietta Knight.