ON SUNDAY, it was all about Rumplestiltskin for Kieren Fallon. Yesterday it was slightly more Rumpoleofthebailey for the six-time champion jockey.
Forty-eight hours after he'd enjoyed the greatest day of his career when notching a hat-trick of Group 1 successes at Longchamp, Fallon was taken into custody for questioning following his appearance at a London police station to answer his bail as part of the on-going investigation into alleged race-fixing.
After spending the day being questioned by police, he was rebailed until March next year. Fallon left Bishopsgate station from a rear entrance just after 7.15pm in a black Volkswagen people carrier with blacked-out windows. A spokesman for City of London Police said: "The person returned on bail today has now been bailed to early next year."
Originally detained in September last year, Fallon had previously said he was questioned about involvement with Miles Rodgers, formerly a director of the Platinum Racing Club syndicate.
Fallon is one of 27 people to have been arrested, including fellow jockeys Robert Winston, Darren Williams, Fergal Lynch and Paul Bradley, along with trainers Karl Burke and Alan Berry. All deny any wrongdoing. Twenty people are due to answer bail over the next month.
During the investigation, which is reputed to have cost more than 1.5million, 130 police officers raided 19 addresses across Suffolk, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Hertfordshire, with the inquiry examining allegations of fixing involving in excess of 80 races over a period of two years.
In Dublin, meanwhile, Paul Carberry appeared at Swords District Court charged with engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour on a flight from Malaga to the Irish capital last Saturday.
The 31-year-old rider, winner of the 1999 Grand National on Bobbyjo, is alleged to have set fire to a friend's newspaper while on board the plane. The case was adjourned until 18 October.
"It was an accident - it wasn't a joke," said Carberry outside the court, before adding he had no idea if there was a match or a lighter involved and claiming drink hadn't been involved either.
Punters might need a drop of the hard stuff to see them through today because there's not a great deal at any of the three meetings liable to get you intoxicated.
Winsley has promised more than he has delivered so far, but Oliver Sherwood's grey gelding looks to have found a good opportunity in the beginners' chase at Towcester, which is one of those courses that some horses love and others hate.
The record of Sissinghurst Storm round the gruelling Northamptonshire circuit marks her down as very much a member of the former camp. Robin Dickin's mare doesn't do an awful lot very quickly but this is one track where speed isn't of the essence and off a light weight, she's napped to land the long-distance Epson Handicap Chase.
Three Yorkshire jumps tracks will award a special trophy to the leading conditional rider this season in memory of Tom Halliday.
Halliday died after a fall at Market Rasen earlier this year, prompting Wetherby, Catterick and Doncaster to introduce the Tom Halliday Memorial Trophy in his honour.
Conditional jockeys will be awarded points on a varying scale for finishing in the first three placings. The competition begins on 12 October and will run until 1 June.