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Fallon given green light to end three-year exile

SIX-TIME champion jockey Kieren Fallon admits he cannot wait to get back in the saddle after being cleared to make his comeback following a three-year absence.<br /><br />Fallon was yesterday granted a riding licence by the British Horseracing Authority in London, after completing an 18-month drugs suspension. However, he has not competed since July 2006, when the Old Bailey trial into alleged race-fixing began.<br /><br />The 44-year-old Irishman is set to ride on Friday at Lingfield and Kempton, before his Group One return on board ante-post favourite High Standing in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s all gone well,&rdquo; Fallon said after yesterday&rsquo;s 30-minute hearing at the BHA in London. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m delighted and just looking forward to Friday now. Let&rsquo;s hope that I am fit enough &ndash; I hopefully will be. I have been working hard but it is different when you are race riding. Getting back into the winner&rsquo;s enclosure as many times as I can that is my goal at the moment.&rdquo;<br /><br />Fallon, who has won three English Derbies, four 2,000 Guineas and two Prix de l&rsquo;Arc de Triomphe, was cleared at the race-fixing trial. But he was banned in January 2008 after testing positive for a banned substance at Deauville in France.