Belgian Christophe Soumillon is sacked as Aga Khan jockey for nudging fellow countryman Rossa Ryan off his horse at 35mph during a race in France
- The jockey shocked the racing world by pushing Rossa Ryan out of the saddle
- The Belgian jockey faces a 60-day ban for his blatant act in Saint-Cloud
- Statement released by the Aga Khan said he had terminated the jockey contract
Christophe Soumillon paid the ultimate penalty for his egregious act at Saint-Cloud last week when he knocked compatriot Rossa Ryan out of his run with the Belgian, having his contract with the Aga Khan terminated.
The two-time Arc winner, France’s hottest racing jockey, has been banned for 60 days following his reckless nudge from Ryan mid-race.
Soumillon, whose suspension does not begin on October 14, was cleared to sport the famous green and red silks in Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe where he rode Vadeni to finish second to the British-trained winner Alpinista .
He has had an association with the Aga Khan horses dating back to 2002 before becoming a retained rider for the second time in 2014 and was 10 times champion jockey in France.
A statement issued by the Aga Khan Studs said: “Following the incident last Friday at Saint-Cloud, which resulted in the fall of Rossa Ryan, the Aga Khan Studs have taken the decision to end their engagement with the jockey Christophe Soumillon with immediate effect.
“As of this week, Soumillon will still be able to wear the Aga Khan shirts occasionally, at the discretion of the French coaches and the Aga Khan Studs team.
Christophe Soumillon has seen his contract with the Aga Khan terminated after close talks
“At this stage there is no intention of retaining a jockey in France for the foreseeable future.”
Soumillon joined two Arc winners for the Aga Khan, Zarkava (2008) and Dalakhani (2003) and led Erevann to victory on Saturday for prominent Group 2 Qatar Prix owner Daniel Wilderstein.
His last contract run in the world famous colors did not end so positively when Ebaiyra finished last in the Prix de l’Opéra Longines.
His participation at Longchamp last weekend caused great controversy within the sport, with the French governing body confirming that they did not want Soumillon in the action in Paris.
France Galop has also committed to reviewing its rules so that the bans can be activated with immediate effect.
The Aga Khan has taken the decision to terminate the Belgian jockey’s contract following the incident last week
Soumillon shocked the racing world by nudging his fellow jockey from his saddle in Saint-Cloud