Fans call for a lifetime ban for jockey Christophe Soumillon after he ELBOWED a rival off his horse

The sickening second Belgian jockey ELBOWS a rival off his horse at 35mph sending him tumbling on to his neck… however stewards STILL enable him to race in Sunday’s £4m Arc de Triomphe

  • Christope Soumillon pushed Rossa Ryan off his horse at Saint-Cloud
  • A commentator in contrast it to ‘leaping out of a automobile sunroof at 35mph’
  • Soumillon was instantly disqualified and handed a two-month ban
  • It is believed the ban will begin after he races within the Arc this weekend 

Top jockey Christophe Soumillon issued a grovelling apology after being banned for two months for inexplicably elbowing Rossa Ryan throughout a race in France on Friday.

Miraculously, Ryan escaped unscathed regardless of turning head over heels like a rag doll after hitting the turf within the Prix Thomas Byron at Saint-Cloud however questions have been raised as as to if the suspension imposed by France-Galop stewards was too lenient.

Belgium-born Soumillon, thought to be one of many biggest jockeys ever to experience in France and the retained jockey of the Aga Khan, additionally tried to downplay his actions. 

But what befell defied logical clarification, given his mount, Syros, and Ryan, who was on board Ralph Beckett-trained Captain Wierzba, have been 5 furlongs from the end with time to manoeuvre.

Interviewed on Sky Sports Racing after the race, Soumillon stated: ‘I felt a little bit of pressure from Rossa on my outside while trying to keep a better position behind Ryan (Moore).

‘I was just behind Ryan at the time and I put my elbow against him just to make him understand I wasn’t going to the within.

Rossa Ryan started to lose stability after being pushed by Christophe Soumillon mid-race

His fall was in comparison with ‘leaping out of a automobile sunroof at 35mph’ by a Sky commentator

‘Unfortunately when I asked my horse to stay there and go a little bit to the right I have pushed him for a stride or two and he fell off. Straight away I knew I made a mistake and I’m terribly unhappy about what occurred as a result of I hate to see stuff like this.

‘When you are doing that it is even more terrible, so I really want to apologise to everyone, all involved with the horse.

‘I have just seen the jockey and he is fine and I’m joyful about that and the horse, too. As for all of the individuals who love racing, it was not a good act from my aspect and I’m terribly sorry.’ On his suspension, 10-time French champion jockey Soumillon added: ‘It’s a very large factor. Unfortunately my finish of season is now gone however I settle for the sentence for what I did and the horrible determination I made.’

Soumillon (proper) has been banned from racing for two months following the stunning incident

The 60-day ban, which begins on October 14 and finishes on December 12, means Soumillon will miss a number of large worldwide conferences this autumn however he is allowed to experience at this weekend’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe meeting at Longchamp, the place his mounts embody Vadeni within the characteristic race tomorrow.

The leniency of the ban was attacked by British-based jockey Neil Callan, who tweeted: ‘2 months is just ridiculous!! Shame on @francegalop stewards.’

While Newmarket coach Charlie Fellowes tweeted: ‘2 month ban for that incident seems incredibly lenient to me. He has intentionally endangered a colleagues life!?’

Rossa (proper) is considered unhurt after the autumn however it may have been a lot worse

Ryan stated he had received a bump and ‘lost his balance’ earlier than including he was grateful that his mount had emerged unscathed.

Beckett stated he had acquired a call from Soumillon. He added: ‘He rang me to apologise. It’s troublesome to be outraged when anybody apologises, so I’m not.’

Soumillon’s mount, educated by Francis-Henri Graffard, was disqualified by the stewards following the race, which was received Aidan O’Brien-trained Continuous, ridden by Moore.

It is the second time this season that Soumillon has issued a public apology. The first got here after he veered throughout two horses when punching the air in jubilation as Vadeni received the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown in July.

Soumillon was hit with a 12-day ban which was decreased to eight days on an attraction.

Soumillon is going through calls to be banned for life following the stunning incident in France

Ryan was unharmed regardless of incident occurring when the jockeys have been travelling at close to 35mph


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