Soumillon Out of Hong Kong International Races

November 30, 2010 - by hongkonghorseracing.net · Filed Under Hong Kong Racing News  

Soumillon Out of Hong Kong International Races

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Multi-awarded jockey Christophe Soumillon will not be able to compete in the upcoming Hong Kong International Races after he was banned from competitive horse racing due to careless riding at the Japan Cup. Due to the ban, Soumillion will also miss the Jockey’s Championship during Happy and International Day.

Hong Kong BettingSoumillon was originally credited with a come from behind win aboard Japanese mare Buena Vista. With 250 metres to go in the Japan Cup, Soumillon and Buena Vista saw some daylight to surge past the leading pack en route to a three-length advantage. However, an inquiry by the racing stewards found out that the Soumillon-Buena Vista partnership interfered with the path of then runner-up Rose Kingdom which was steered by Yutaka Take.

Upon the announcement of the overturn of the racing results, the crowd of 100,000 at Tokyo’s Fuchu racecourse sounded groans of disbelief for Buena Vista is the top favourite for the Japan Cup as per betting odds. Buena Vista is also the most favourite racehorse in Japan and the horse finished second after the first protest in Japan Cup history was made. Both horses are owned by Sunday Racing.

Victoire Pisa came in third while Jaguar Mail which will compete in the 2010 Hong Kong Vase finished fourth. The highest-placing foreign horse in the Japan Cup is Hong Kong Cup invitee and French race horse Cirrus de Aigles which finished ninth. Meanwhile, Hong Kong Vase-bound Joshu Tree finished tenth.

Aside from the demotion of place finish, Soumillon cannot race from December 4 until December 12 and the Jockey’s Championship on Wednesday. Due to Soumillon’s suspension, jockey Olivier Peslier might be asked to take the reins that Soumillon will leave especially Soumillon’s ticket to the Hong Kong Cup aboard French stayer Planteur.

First on the bill of the 2010 Hong Kong International Races is the Hong Kong Vase. Inaugurated in 1994, this proves to be the longest race among the four as it is staged over 2,400 metres of fine turf and it has a prize pool of HK$14,000,000 or US$1.8 million prize pool.

Next is the Hong Kong Mile. Based from its namesake, it is staged in a 1,600 metre or one mile course. Originally name the Hong Kong International Bowl, this race was first staged in 1991 with an initial 1,400 metre distance.

The third race of the 2009 Hong Kong International Races is the Hong Kong Sprint. Inaugurated in 1999, the Hong Kong Sprint is a 1,200 metre Group 1 flat horse race for thoroughbreds aged three and above and it has a prize pool of HK$12,000,000 or US$1.55 million.

And finally, the day is completed by the richest race on turf: the Hong Kong Cup. Since its inception in 1989, this proves to be the most competitive among the four races for no thoroughbred has won it more than once. That won’t be a surprise for the competitors gives their all to win a big part of the HK$20,000,000 or US$2.58 million pool.

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