There is no doubt that the race-fixing charges against Kieran Fallon were spurious in the extreme. The BHA were exposed as both stupid and malicious and their Australian wide-boy witness made a complete farce out of their case with his admission that he was not familiar with British racing. The obscene flouting of natural justice whereby Fallon was forbidden to ride pending the trial gave him a perfect platform from which to capture public sympathy and receive compensation for his troubles.
And what does he do – persist with his coke consumption (apparently, pending the B sample confirmation) so that having at last got off the hook he is firmly impaled on it again. Surely Coolmore will cry enough now. If he gets the usual penalty he won’t be able to ride again until 2010. This is ingratitude write large on Fallon’s part after the loyalty and genorosity displayed by Coolmore.
He has now lost the sympathy of all reasonable men. Ain’t that a shame.