At the Sha Tin racemeeting conducted on Sunday, 20 December 2020, Jockey C Soumillon pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding and was suspended from riding in races for a period to expire on Thursday, 14 January 2021 on which day he may resume race riding. During the inquiry, Jockey Soumillon requested the Racing Stewards defer the commencement date of the suspension to commence on Sunday, 10 January 2021. During this period, two Hong Kong racemeetings are scheduled to be conducted.
Jockey Soumillon has subsequently applied to have the dates amended such that he be able to ride at the Sha Tin race meeting on Sunday, 10 January 2021 and that the suspension to be varied to incorporate the race meetings on 13 January and 17 January 2021. As this would have been available to Jockey Soumillon on the day that he incurred the careless riding suspension, the Racing Stewards have acceded to this request. Two Hong Kong racemeetings will be held during the revised period of suspension which is consistent with the previous ruling.