Kieran Fallon - Drugs are Rife in Racing... and Newmarket is at the Centre of the Epidemic
16th December 2009
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For any of you that watched Monday night's Inside Sport special, you will have heard six time champion, Kieran Fallon, voicing his concerns that Newmarket - the headquarters of flat racing - is still in the grip of a damaging, drug-taking culture.

Fallon, who recently returned to the saddle after battling cocaine addiction and serving an 18-month ban, was quizzed by presenter, Clare Balding as to whether there was a drug problem in racing, to which he replied, "I know there is."

He also added that the problem was not just contained in the weighing room:

"I mean that Newmarket has the highest rate for its population of any town in England."

However, Newmarket trainer, James Franshawe is much more upbeat about the situation, believing that the town's battle with drug taking has made major strides. After two drug-related suicides in the horse racing world and Fallon's plight with cocaine, Newmarket has become much more vigilant.

"There are a lot of towns around the country that have drug problems," Franshawe explains. "But the Racing Welfare charity, trainers and the lads themselves are a lot more aware of the problem."

Former president of the National Trainers' Federation, Chris Wall, highlighted the work done by The Newmarket Partnership with reformed addict, Joe Carter working as an advisor to the racing community.

Wall said that the challenge Newmarket faced was a regular flow of young workers arriving in the town, many of whom had never been away from home before.

So what do you think? Do you think there is a problem in your town? Do you believe that positive changes are being made? The Best of Newmarket would love to know your thoughts.

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