Form: My Autobiography

Form: My Autobiography

by Kieren Fallon


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The definitive autobiography from Kieren Fallon, one of the world’s greatest and most controversial horseracing jockeys.

A six-time British Champion Jockey, Kieran Fallon was one of the best jockeys, winning more than 2,250 races, including the UK’s Derby three times, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe twice, and more 2000 and 1000 Guineas than anyone else in the history of the sport—but his career was littered with controversial incidents. He was accused of race fixing, resulting in an astonishing Old Bailey trial at which he was completely cleared.

No one would question his ability in the saddle. Few, if any, have ever been as good at coaxing the best out of their rides. But his extraordinary rapport with horses didn’t quite extend to his dealings with people—particularly with those in authority.

Now Fallon recalls his rise from a rural Irish family with no racing connections, and his frequent collisions with the media and many of the people who run the sport. He reveals the huge pressures on top jockeys and how his dazzling riding career was marred, then brought to a premature halt by campaigns of lies and innuendo.

Full of wit and humor, Form is a powerful, honest sporting memoir and a unique behind-the-scenes look at the horseracing industry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781471166549
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication date: 04/23/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.11(w) x 7.79(h) x 0.80(d)

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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