IC Newcastle
Jul 20 2004

Fallon thanks Aga Khan after Kalaman win

By The Journal

Kieren Fallon, fresh from his success on Ouija Board in the Darley Irish Oaks yesterday, added the Group Two Daily Record Scottish Derby to his haul on Kalaman at Ayr yesterday.

However, Fallon was referred to the Jockey Club. A steward saw him using a mobile phone someone had handed him in the parade ring after the race.

The consistent Gateman soon set up a long lead in the 10-furlong test, but the field closed in the straight and Kalaman (5-6) collared him over a furlong out.

Sir Michael Stoute's colt then edged left, causing his rival to be switched right to renew his challenge.

But keeping on under Fallon's driving, Kalaman kept Gateman at bay by a length, with Ikhtyar one and a quarter lengths away in third.

The stewards held an inquiry but found that while Kalaman had interfered with Gateman, it was accidental and had not improved the winner's placing.

Fallon said: "Kalaman did hang in a little but he is a tough little horse and he was just pushing his shoulder towards the other horse as if to say `I'm the boss'."

Stewards' secretary Adie Smith said: "Fallon had done all he could to keep Kalaman off Gateman."

The champion jockey went on: "This win has given me as much pleasure as winning in Ireland on Sunday. It is always good to ride a winner for His Highness (the Aga Khan) - he is a great supporter of the stable.

"Kalaman is a horse we have always liked and everyone has been very patient with him."

The jockey had initiated a double on Mick Easterby's Top Dirham (3-1) in the Giles Insurance Stakes, after which the trainer's son David said: "That was a great Fallon ride and he said this was a good horse."

Henry Candy's Airwave (4-6) is set to make a swift return to top-class company after gaining a comfortable success under Darryll Holland in the Listed Land O'Burns Fillies' Stakes.

She had been without a win since the Temple Stakes at Sandown in May last year.