Fallon guides 40-1 outsider Night Of Thunder to win the 2000 Guineas
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
By Racing Post Staff 9:44AM 4 JUL 2016
ON THE day that Kieren Fallon’s retirement is announced, we look back on some of the most memorable moments from his riding career.
Top Cees (Chester Cup, May 10, 1995)
A runaway win that created more headlines and uproar than just about any other winner in his career, spawning the famous and successful High Court libel action from winning connections.
Oath (Derby, June 5, 1999)
A day after winning the Oaks on Ramruna, Fallon took the law into his own hands when Oath threatened to boil over in the preliminaries and took him out of the parade and to post early before completing the Classic double for his then-boss Sir Henry Cecil.
King’s Best (2,000 Guineas, May 6, 2000)
After the loss of the Cecil job Fallon showed his talents were unaffected as he teamed up with Sir Michael Stoute to coolly thread his way through to another Classic success.
Ouija Board (Hong Kong Vase, Dec 11, 2005)
Having won the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare at Lone Star Park he was reunited a year later to win in Hong Kong with another of his trademark fearless hold-up rides.
Dylan Thomas (Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Oct 7, 2007)
Having failed a drug test and facing what turned out to be an 18-month worldwide ban Fallon put his off-track problems out of his mind to force Dylan Thomas home by a head.
Night Of Thunder (2,000 Guineas, May 3, 2014)
A fifth win in this Classic – and ultimately the last of his career – gained as a 40-1 outsider, working what with hindsight looks a miracle in defeating Kingman and Australia.