French stewards ban Jerome Claudic for ‘brutal’ treatment of filly at Vittel

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Jerome Claudic, pictured in winning action at Chantilly: jockey banned at Vittel after striking filly at the start. Photo: France Galop/Scoopdyga (Elliott Chouraqui)

By Jon Lees

France: French jockey Jerome Claudic was banned for eight days on Monday for his “brutal” treatment of a filly before a race at Vittel.

Claudic was due to ride filly Visite D’Etat in the Prix du Conseil Départemental des Vosges, a 1m4f handicap, which was being shown live on Sky Sports Racing.

His angry reaction when his mount refused to go into the stalls was caught by viewer Rob Jackson, who posted a clip of the incident on Twitter.

Claudic appeared to strike the horse in the midriff with his hand after dismounting the Yannick Fouin-trained three-year-old after one last attempt to load her had failed.

Jackson said: “He just whacks the horse, walks off. That was his last chance. Total frustration. In my opinion that guy should be banned.”

The incident was spotted by the Vittel stewards who summoned Claudic to explain his behaviour towards Visite D’Etat, who they said the jockey had given two strokes of the whip in an inappropriate manner.

According to the stewards’ notice Claudic told them he had “lost his composure when the filly was declared a non-runner.” He received an eight-day ban “for being brutal in correcting the filly”.

Claudic is an experienced jockey who has been riding for 15 years. He has ridden 11 winners this year out of a career total of 385.

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