Kieren Fallon will go to the High Court "and beyond if necessary" after losing an appeal against his suspension from riding in Britain.
Having adjourned Fallon's case after hearing submissions from the rider's legal team on Wednesday night, the appeal board of the Horseracing Regulatory Authority upheld their decision to prohibit him from riding in Britain in London yesterday.
Fallon, through his solicitors BCL Burton Copeland, said: "I am deeply disappointed by the refusal of the HRA to overturn my suspension from riding in the United Kingdom. I will now take the matter to the High Court, and beyond if necessary, to reinstate my rights to earn a living in the UK and participate in the sport that I love. Until I have the chance to prove my innocence in court, it is grossly unfair that I am being denied a living in Britain."
The six-times champion was last week charged as part of a police investigation into alleged race-fixing. Any trial is not expected to be before spring 2007.
A HRA statement read: "The board received the panel's decision and reasons and, mindful of the serious criminal charges now outstanding against Kieren Fallon, decided that the panel's decision to decline to consider any of the presently available evidence was correct. Further, that the decision to prohibit him from riding in races in Great Britain until the conclusion of his trial or further order was justified. The appeal is dismissed."
The HRA said that Fallon's grounds for appeal were that "the decision had the effect of denying him his right to earn a living and would also effectively end his career as a leading jockey and is disproportionate and accordingly unlawful".
Fallon and his team also felt "the panel erred in law in declining to take into account any evidence and/or submissions on behalf of the appellant in respect of the underlying criminal charges which were the basis for the HRA's decision."
The HRA said the board was asked by Fallon's representatives to provide written reasons for its decision. These will be produced as soon as possible, according to the HRA.