Kieren Fallon: will continue to ride for other owners at Luca Cumani's yardPICTURE: Getty Images
Sheikh bans Fallon
from riding his horses
KIEREN FALLON has been relieved of his riding duties for Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum although the jockey will continue to ride for Luca Cumani, the owner's main trainer.
Fallon, who gave the sheikh his biggest win of the season so far when steering Danadana to success in the Group 3 Huxley Stakes at Chester, is not engaged to ride for the owner this weekend when he has fancied runners at Sandown on both Friday and Saturday.
Sheikh Obaid has 24 horses with Cumani, about a quarter of the string at Bedford House Stables, including Afsare, whom James Doyle has been booked to ride in the Listed Gala Stakes at Sandown on Friday.
Cumani said: "Sheikh Obaid has requested that Kieren doesn't partner his horses any more but he still rides for me and will ride Velox at Haydock on Friday.
"On Saturday I have let him off riding for me elsewhere as he wanted to ride Banoffee in the Lancashire Oaks and he can't ride Franciscan there in the Old Newton Cup as he won't be able to do the weight."
Fallon has been Cumani's first jockey since he returned from an 18-month ban in September 2009.