Six-times champion Flat jockey Kieren Fallon has finished second in his first race back after an 18-month ban from the sport.

Fallon finished second in the 2.20 at Lingfield aboard the Amy Weaver-trained Rare Malt this afternoon (Friday 4 September).

Fallon was banned by the French jockey club after tested positive for cocaine following his ride on Myboycharlie winning the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville in August 2007.

Because of the drugs ban and a trial into alleged race-fixing of which he was cleared, Fallon has not ridden in Britain for three years.

And he has not raced since 7 October 2007 where won Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.

On Tuesday (1 September) Fallon was granted a licence to ride by the British Horseracing Authority.

The former champion jockey has seven rides on his first day back — four at Lingfield and three at Kempton tonight.

Racing fans are expected to turn up in force to welcome the former champion back to the track — Lingfield is estimating double the regular crowd attendance this afternoon.