French jockeys call for professional stewards
FRENCH jockeys' representatives are calling for professional stewards in the light of the two-day suspension that is set to prevent Christophe Soumillon riding in Sunday's Prix du Moulin.
Gerald Mosse will ride Darjina in the place of Soumillon, whose appeal against a two-day suspension picked up at Deauville on August 23 was unsuccessful.
Soumillon's ban has opened up debate on whether stewards should be made professional.
Thierry Gillet, president of the French Jockeys' Association, said: "To become a jockey you have to follow a vigorous andprofessional training. I hope that the stewards will have a similar training to become professionals of the same standard."
Soumillon is fuming about his ban. He wants suspended jockeys to be allowed to contest Group 1 races and also hopes that the rules of racing will be standardised throughout Europe.