Frenchman Christophe Lemaire, who recently relocated to Japan to ride full-time after receiving a jockey’s license from the Japan Racing Association, has been suspended for 30 days by the JRA for using Twitter at Hanshin Racecourse, according to Racing Post.
Lemaire was due to ride at Hanshin for the first time since suffering a broken leg at Kyoto in November, but he was subsequently replaced on his mounts and will be out of action through Mar. 30.
The suspension also causes him to lose the mount aboard last year’s G1 Japanese Derby winner One and Only in the G1 Dubai Duty Free at Meydan on Mar. 28.
The JRA’s Paris’ representative Fumitaka Tsuruoka told Racing Post, ‘He has been suspended for 30 days, until Mar. 30 because he used Twitter. It is prohibited for riders to contact people outside during their quarantine at a JRA facility. The decision was taken by the Hanshin racecourse stewards and there is no appeal.’
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