The disgusting moment Belgian jockey CODA takes a rival off his horse at 35mph and lands him on his neck…but stewards STILL allow him to compete at Sunday’s £4m Arc de Triomphe
- Christope Soumillon pushed Rossa Ryan off her horse in Saint-Cloud
- One commenter compared it to “jumping off a car’s sunroof at 35 mph.”
- Soumillon was immediately disqualified and given a two-month suspension.
- It is believed the ban will kick in after he races at the Arc this weekend.
A Belgian jockey will be allowed to take part in Europe’s richest horse race at the weekend despite being banned for 60 days for deliberately pushing a rival off his horse mid-race at a meeting on Friday. .
In the shocking incident at Saint-Cloud, Christophe Soumillon knocked Rossa Ryan to the ground as they rode side by side, prompting calls for the Belgian to be banned for life.
Soumillon was immediately disqualified from the race and has been banned for two months. But the suspension doesn’t start until after Sunday, which clears him to run on the famous Arc de Triomphe, a race that has a total prize pool of £4m.
Ryan appeared uninjured but went down alarmingly quickly on impact. sky sports racing expert compared to ‘jumping off a car’s sunroof at 35 mph’.
Speaking after the incident, Soumillon said: ‘I got a bit of pressure from Rossa’s mount. I tried to keep a better position behind Ryan Moore.
I put my elbow against him just to make him understand I wasn’t going in.
“Unfortunately, when I asked my horse to go there and to the right, I pushed him (Rossa) for a stride or two and he fell.
‘I immediately knew I had made a mistake. I want to apologize to everyone. I just saw Rossa and she is fine and so is the horse.
“It was not a good act on my part and I am very sorry and I want to apologize.”
Rossa Ryan started to lose her balance after being pushed by Christophe Soumillon mid-race.
A Sky commentator compared his fall to “jumping off a car’s sunroof at 35mph”.
Soumillon (right) was banned from competing for two months following the shocking incident.
Racing fans on Twitter felt the ban should have been longer for the deliberate act, which has been widely condemned on social media.
One said: ‘You need a long ban for that! Craziness!’
Another added that it was “dangerous, reckless and clearly deliberate.” Incredible’.
“60 day ban for endangering a fellow jockey, he could have broken his neck and broken his back, even much worse if he had broken his neck, he would have been banned for life,” they added.
‘So why is the fact that he’s lucky not to be seriously injured any different?’
Rossa (right) is believed to be unharmed after the fall, but it could have been much worse.
Another fan said: “Shocking footage and the camera never lies, probably the worst deliberate act I’ve ever seen by a jockey.” He luckily he walked away.
Another user added: “This is horrible from a great jockey.”
Soumillon is set to race at the Arc on Sunday, where he will be among the favorites at Vadeni.
Soumillon faces calls to be banned for life after shocking incident in France
Ryan was uninjured despite the incident that occurred when the riders were traveling near 35 mph.
The incident comes just 24 hours after a rider in Ecuador was banned for life for committing a similarly shocking act with a fellow rider.
In viral footage of the Ecuador derby incident that has been criticized online, Joffre Mora can be seen deliberately pushing Luis Hurtado towards the end of the race.
Unlike Soumillon, the stewards acted quickly and banned Mora for life, a punishment some believe should be meted out to the Belgian rider.
Mora’s actions have been described as “the worst thing I have ever seen” by a Twitter user.
Another said: “It could literally be classified as attempted murder.”