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Troubled jockey Fallon vows to appeal doping ban

AFP , LONDON

Troubled jockey Kieren Fallon vowed on Friday to appeal an 18-month ban handed down by French authorities after he tested positive for a banned substance following a race at Deauville last August.

The six-time champion jockey failed the test after Myboycharlie's success at the French course.

He had already served a six-month suspension imposed by France Galop for testing positive for a metabolite of cocaine in June 2006.

Henri Pouret, a spokesman for France Galop, confirmed to the BBC: "The jockey Kieren Fallon has been suspended for a period of 18 months."

"However, he has already appealed and that is the reason why no statement has been issued by France Galop. Now our appeal commission at France Galop will meet and examine the appeal," Pouret said.

Fallon has never been far from the headlines in recent months.

As well as the doping controversy, the Irishman was acquitted of race-fixing last year in a high profile trial at the Old Bailey.

The news that the 42-year-old had tested positive for a banned substance, believed to be cocaine, emerged the day after the trial collapsed

His employers Coolmore stuck by him following his six-month ban and the jockey soon bounced back on his return in June last year, winning the Group One Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on Peeping Fawn at the end of that month.

However, he was unable to ride in Britain at that time because of the court case, which cost him several big-race winners including the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes on Dylan Thomas.

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