Kieren Fallon banned from Derby ride

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  • In a sensational twist to the Investec Derby story, the jockey Kieren Fallon is unable to take up his ride in the race on Recital after a Court of Appeal ruling this morning.

    Ibrahim Araci, the owner of Native Khan, took Fallon to court on Friday claiming that the jockey had signed a contract to ride the horse, which he had then broken by taking the ride on Derrinstown Stud Derby trial winner Recital.

    Araci failed to gain an injunction stopping Fallon riding Recital on Friday, but was granted leave to appeal, and the decision was turned around early on Saturday morning.

    Recital, who is trained by Aiden O’Brien, is around 5-1 for the Epsom Classic. The Ed Dunlop-trained Native Khan, third in the 2000 Guineas, is around 11-1. The Queen’s Carlton House remains favourite at around 11-4.

    The Investec Derby is run at 4pm today live on BBC1.

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