Christophe Soumillon fired the Aga Khan

Christophe Soumillon’s moment of madness, when he unceremoniously pushed Rossa Ryan out of the saddle in the middle of a race and initiated a fall that could have resulted in serious injury to his rival jockey, has a sequel to the Aga Khan Breeding / Owner operation that ended their relationship with the owner. with a champion jockey “with immediate effect”.

It would be fair to say that Soumillon could not have intended to cause the fall, but whether he was an unwitting victim of his own actions or not, the end result proved to be disastrous for his career in the world. short.

The disqualification of Soumillon’s runner from the race was the first point of official punishment for the incident, quickly followed by a two-month suspension handed down by the stewards, which immediately became a point of controversy … probably reflecting the unfavorable reputation … with most people believing that the punishment was too lenient.

But “punishment” can take many forms and the Aga Khan Studs media report added another level of impact to the incident.

“Following last Friday’s incident at Saint-Cloud which resulted in Rossa Ryan falling, the Aga Khan Studs have decided to stand down jockey Christophe Soumillon with immediate effect,” it said.

But it was not a complete elimination.

The release continued: “From this week Soumillon may occasionally ride in Aga Khan silks at the discretion of the French trainers and the Aga Khan Studs team. At this stage the intention is not to keep jockeys in France for the foreseeable future.

It appears to be more than a small lifeline… given that he is essentially not being replaced… but still, the loss of the backup is a big deal for Soumillon, who has a long-established and highly successful formal connection with the Aga Khan. the organizations retained riders on two occasions … both for long periods … from 2002 to 2009 and from 2014 to 2022.

After the in-race crash incident, Soumillon was still allowed to take part in the two-day Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, where he was successful with Yerevan in the Prix Daniel Wildenstein and finished second at Vaden behind Alpinista in the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Alone. with both horses carrying the colors of the Aga Khan.

Soumillion’s, who has fully apologized for his actions, begins a two-month suspension on October 14.

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