Three-month suspension for jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot, indicted for rape

Pierre-Charles Boudot during a victorious race in Australia in November 2020. – Michael Conroy / AP / SIPA

The star jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot, indicted Wednesday for rape, was suspended as a precaution and for a period of three months, announced Friday evening France Galop, organizer of the races.

Another jockey, Pierre Bazire, indicted for non-denunciation of a crime in this same case, relating to facts dating back to February and would have taken place on the sidelines of an equestrian meeting, was also suspended for three months.

A suspension that can be extended

The company France Galop had indicated Wednesday to have “pronounced urgently a precautionary measure of immediate suspension of the authorization to mount [de Pierre-Charles Boudot] for the next two days ”and await his comments for a longer term decision.

The stewards took this decision in application of the provisions of article 216 of the racing code, “although these two jockeys remain presumed innocent”. These measures may be lifted or renewed depending on the elements that will be brought to the attention of the France Galop commissioners. Pierre-Charles Boudot is also the target of another rape complaint, which he denies, for facts dating back to 2015. In this other case, he is placed under the status of assisted witness. The complainant also claims to have been drugged before being raped.

The best jockey of the year 2020

With this measure, Pierre-Charles Boudot, who is riding for André Fabre, the number one trainer in France, will not be able to participate in the major classic spring events, in particular the Prix du Jockey-Club and de Diane which will be run in June.

At 28, he is considered one of the best jockeys in the world, triple flat gold whip (2015, 2016, 2020). He had a very prosperous 2020, winning the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, the Prix de Diane, the Grand Prix de Paris or the Breeders’Cup Mile and the Breeder’s Cup Filly and Mare Turf (Audarya).

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