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The French Connection: Weighty problem for Soumillon.

Christophe Soumillon, France's newest star jockey, came down to earth with a bump at Chantilly on Monday when he was disqualified after winning the Prix de la Futaie on Tualyssima.

The 18-year-old-who just a week earlier had landed a memorable five-timer at Saint-Cloud, followed by a double at Chantilly the following day-lost the handicap on a technicality after weighing in 400g light.

Soumillon, who lies second behind reigning champion Olivier Peslier in the French jockeys' table, was fined Ff2,000 (pounds 192).

The connections of Tualyssima were at a loss to explain the discrepancy, but the senior jockeys in the weighing room had some advice for the inexperienced Soumillon.

They warned him that during hot weather (as at Chantilly on Monday) riders can sweat off weight during a race, and they advised him to drink plenty of water after weighing out.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Stoneham, Desmond
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 12, 2000
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