Christophe Soumillon will miss next month’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe after receiving a 15-day suspension at Longchamp on Sunday.
The Belgian rider was hit with the lengthy ban after he was adjudged to have been responsible for the fall of Arrivederla in the Prix Al Wakra on Arc Trials Day.
His mount, Glasshoughton, passed the post in first place, but was disqualified and placed last.
Soumillon has won the Arc twice, aboard Dalakhani (2003) and Zarkava (2008), and would have been in much demand for the Longchamp feature on October 2.
“It’s very disappointing news,” said the jockey’s British agent Shippy Ellis.
“We haven’t arranged anything concrete for Christophe but he would have had a good ride.
“I am not sure whether he can appeal at this stage.”
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