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Watch: Belgian Jockey Apologises For Elbowing Rival Off Horse Mid-Race

Watch: Belgian Jockey Apologises For Elbowing Rival Off Horse Mid-Race
By Gary Connaughton
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Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon has apologised after he elbowed one of his opponents off their horse in the middle of a race at Saint-Cloud this afternoon.

The nasty incident was captured by the cameras at the French race course, with the rider in question now set to be handed a two-month suspension.

Soumillon was on board Syros for the 12.20 race, becoming involved in a tangle with Rossa Ryan who was riding Captain Wierzba.

After the pair got a bit too close, Soumillion seemed to throw out an elbow in order to create some room. Unfortunately, this would send his rival tumbling off the horse and result in a rather nasty fall.

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You can watch the incident below.

Thankfully, Ryan was unhurt after the fall.

Christophe Soumillon would soon appear on air to apologise for his actions, saying that he was set to receive a two month ban as a result.

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I received a little of pressure from Rossa [Ryan], I was trying to keep a better position behind Ryan. I was just behind Ryan at that time.

I put my elbow against him to make him understand that I wasn't going to the inside. Unfortunately, when I asked my horse to stay there and go a little bit to the right, I had pushed him for a stride or two, he fell off.

Straight away I knew I made a mistake. I'm terribly sad with what happened, because I hate seeing stuff like this.

When you are doing it, it's even more terrible. I really want to apologise to everyone, not just the person owning the horse or training the horse, or even the jockey.

I just saw him now and he is fine. I am happy for that, the horse too.

For all of the people that love racing, it was not a nice act on my side. I'm terribly sorry and I want to apologise for what I did today.

I just received a big suspension from France Galop stewards - I am gong to be suspended for two months.

My season is now gone. I accept the sentence for what I did, it was a terrible decision.

Certainly a nasty incident, one you'd hope we won't see repeated anytime soon.

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