Form: My Autobiography

Form: My Autobiography

by Kieren Fallon

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Kieren Fallon was one of the world’s greatest jockeys, but his career was littered with controversial incidents. Now, in his powerful and honest autobiography, he tells all.

'The most eagerly anticipated racing autobiography for many years' Greg Wood, Guardian

As a jockey, Kieren Fallon had a unique rapport with his horses, often coaxing them to victory when others had struggled. His skill and commitment made him a punter’s favourite.  His magnificent record, which saw him crowned Champion Jockey on six occasions, ensured he became one of racing’s biggest stars.
But that was only ever part of the story. Having come over to the UK from Ireland to make his name, Fallon’s combative nature brought him to the attention of the racing authorities. When he dragged a rival jockey off his mount in 1994, he began a series of run-ins that would eventually see him on trial in the Old Bailey, accused of race fixing. Although the judge eventually ruled that there was no case to answer, the damage to his career and reputation had been done.
In Form, Kieren Fallon provides a searingly honest account of his life, and the pressures he faced to get to the top of his sport, where winning was never enough, and where relaxation came in the shape of a bottle of vodka or a meal that had to be ‘flipped’ immediately to ensure he maintained his weight. He worked with some of the best trainers and won all the biggest races, but true happiness only ever really came to him when he was on the back of a horse – a joy that he still feels now that he has retired from racing as he rides work early in the morning.

Brutally honest as well as entertaining, this is a unique sporting memoir.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781471166532
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 52 MB
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About the Author

Kieren Fallon was born in County Clare in Ireland in 1965, and went on to become one of flat racing's most successful jockeys of all time. He was Champion Jockey six times between 1997 and 2003, winning more than 2250 races. Among his greatest achievements was winning the Derby three times and the Arc de Triomphe twice.  

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Prologue: Horses and Humans 1

1 Living off the Land 7

2 After Ann Died 15

3 Friarstown 23

4 Green as Grass 33

5 Kind of Wild 40

6 Jack, Lynda and Dallas Toddywalla 54

7 Webster 68

8 The Gift of the Clock 78

9 Top Cees 85

10 Warren Place 97

11 Bosra Shambles 105

12 Twin Peaks 111

13 Fairytale of Newmarket 121

14 The Big Flip 133

15 Stoute Party 141

16 The Fall 151

17 Panorama 163

18 Aiséirí 177

19 Derby Days 185

20 Ballinger Ridge 197

21 Duel 211

22 The God of Horses 222

23 In Paris and London 234

24 Nought Plus Nought 245

25 One Last Fling 253

26 Trial of the Century 260

27 Beggars Belief 276

28 Father Moore's Well 291

Index 303

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