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Saturday, 23 April 2011

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Decades of toil have given us the current scam

Epsom Salts - Nick Clegg's Alternative Voting system must be kept out of British thoroughbred racing the ex-top jockey said today.

"First past the post's good enough for me," Fallon told reporters at Sandown racecourse this afternoon.

"Besides, proposals under the new scam would be open to downright manipulation - by bookies, punters, shadowy offshore gaming sites, Downing Street Casino insiders, etc.

"Decades of toil have given us the present scam - er...proven race winning formula! - and the sport's ultimate Blue Riband doesn't need this er, new foreign malarkey."

Fallon was to have ridden 8-11fav Native Khan in the 2,000 Guineas but an unsuccessful 10-day suspension appeal will see him sit it out

His place in the grey's saddle will be taken by French jockey Olivier Peslier - whose views on the new placings proposals are unclear..

Despite sweating up badly in the parade ring before the 2.30 this afternoon Fallon went on to win the day's feature race.

Greville Starkey is 104.

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