Events surrounding top jockey Kieren Fallon took another turn today when he suffered a painful kick in Newbury's paddock, prior to the Bridget Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
Franny Norton's mount Alioohagh bolted in the paddock causing Ayam Zainah, due to be ridden by Fallon, to lash out catching the jockey on the upper leg.
A protective screen was soon erected around the injured rider and Newbury's managing director Stephen Higgins soon reported " Kieren is conscious and is talking but he is in a lot of pain."
Mick Channon, trainer of Ayam Zainah claimed " She's an absolute pussy cat at home and would never kick out. She became upset by the loose horse running past and has kicked out and hit Kieren."
Fallon was successful earlier in the week aboard leading 1000 Guineas candidate Music Show in Newmarket's Nell Gwyn Stakes, and is due to partner Lady Of The Desert in tomorrow's Dubai Duty Free Stakes ( Fred Darling ) at Newbury.
After undergoing treatment in Newbury's medical room the jockey was finally transferred to the Royal Berkshire hospital in Reading for what were reported to be precautionary x-rays.