Christophe Soumillon has been handed a 60-day ban for elbowing rival Rossa Ryan


Christophe Soumillon will be able to ride Vaden in Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, as his ban does not start until October 14.

Jockey Christophe Soumillon has been banned for 60 days by France Galop after elbowing rival Rossa Ryan in a race.

The Belgian Soumillon has apologized for what happened in Saint-Cloud, which left the Irish rider Ryan on the ground.

“I didn’t do it on purpose to fall off the horse. I was just trying to keep my position,” Soumillon said.

Despite being unable to sit and having a fall, Ryan was able to leave for a medical exam.

Soumillon’s ban begins on October 14, so Vadeni will be eligible to ride in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Europe’s richest race, at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.

Syros was riding Thomas in the Byron Stakes when his elbow made contact with Ryan as they battled for position.

Ryan lost his balance and was dismounted, while Soumillon finished second, although his horse was later disqualified.

“I felt a bit of pressure from Rosa on the outside as I was trying to get a better position behind Ryan [Moore]”, Soumillon told Sky Sports Racing.

“Then I was behind Ryan and I elbowed him to let him know I wasn’t going in.

“Unfortunately when I asked my horse to stay there and go a bit to the right I pushed him a step or two and he fell over.

“I knew straight away that I made a mistake and I’m really sad about what happened because I hate to see things like that.

“When you’re doing that it’s even more horrible, so I want to apologize to everyone, everyone involved with the horse.

“I’ve just seen the jockey and he’s fine and I’m happy for him and so is the horse.

“To all the people who love racing, it was not a nice thing to do on my part and I’m terribly sorry and I want to apologize for what happened today.”

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