British Jockey champion Kieran Fallon retires due to severe depression
His last rides in public came at the Curragh on Irish Derby day last month. Photograph: (Getty)
Six-time former British champion jockey Kieran Fallon is suffering from "severe depression" and has retired from riding, racing's chief doctor announced on Monday.
One of the most gifted horsemen of his generation, the 51-year-old from county Clare in Ireland won 16 British classics and two Prix de l'Arc de Triomphes.
His last rides in public came at the Curragh on Irish Derby day last month.
"Kieren is suffering from severe depression," the British Turf Club's chief medical officier Adrian McGoldrick told The Racing Post.
"He told me that he has lost the motivation to continue his riding career and wanted people to know about his decision to retire. He said it was time to move on once his depression has been managed."