“I have bridges to rebuild” – Christophe Soumillon loses his job at Aga Khan | Horse racing news


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Christophe Soumillon: no longer employed by the Aga Khan

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By Scott Burton, France Correspondent

Christophe Soumillon says he is determined to rebuild his career after losing his down payment with the Aga Khan Studs for a second time following the incident which saw Belgian Rossa Ryan fall from a horse at Saint-Cloud on Friday.

Soumillon had been the Aga Khan’s retained rider since 2014, after a previous stint in the famous green silks from 2002 to 2009.

France’s hottest racing jockey was due to speak with the Aga Khan team on Monday after he shocked the sport when he made contact with Ryan mid-race at Saint-Cloud, leading to a 60-day suspension days.

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 terminate their contract 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.

“At this stage there is no intention of retaining a jockey in France for the foreseeable future.”

Soumillon hinted in an interview on Sunday that he knew the writing was on the wall by referring to “current circumstances”.

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Christophe Soumillon nudged Rossa Ryan off his horse at Saint-Cloud on Friday

Christophe Soumillon nudged Rossa Ryan off his horse at Saint-Cloud on Friday

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After news of the split emerged on Tuesday morning, Soumillon told the Racing Post: “I am of course very disappointed to lose my contract with the Aga Khan Studs, but I am immensely proud and honored to have held such a position. esteemed for so long and wish them much success.

“I realize I have bridges to rebuild, I am determined to show my commitment and desire to owners and trainers who want to hire my services.”

While Soumillon’s 60-day suspension only took effect on October 14, the 41-year-old was able to take part in Longchamp’s two-day high-level Arc meeting, accompanying Erevann to victory in the Prix Daniel Wildenstein on Saturday. in the silks of the Aga Khan. .

He also came close to missing out in the same colors in the weekend’s event and Europe’s richest flat race, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, when Vadeni finished a half-length second. behind Alpinista.

His participation at Longchamp sparked much controversy, with the French governing body confirming that they did not want Soumillon to be part of the weekend. France Galop has also committed to reviewing its rules so that the bans can be activated with immediate effect.

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