Eric Saint-Martin is a very talented jockey whose actions and attitude on a racecourse are going to finish him prematurely in a sport his ability dictates he should grace. That the stewards acted correctly in banning him for nine days for reckless riding cannot be doubted. There are those who would have called for a longer suspension. There can be no place on a racetrack for jockeys who do not accept the responsibilities that go with riding in races. They have a duty to ride within the rules to protect not only themselves, but also those against whom they are competing. Saint-Martin, not for the first time, breached those rules on Saturday. His disciplinary record is poor, and what is of further concern is his seeming lack of acknowledgement that he is at fault. There is more than a touch of the chameleon about Saint-Martin. It is possible to picture him as truculent and with a chip on the shoulder. Yet he can be charming and extremely helpful. He is also one jockey who, since he first rode briefly here in a short spell for Brian Kan Ping-chee, has improved almost beyond the bounds of belief. All of which makes his Saturday actions and other previous incidents the more regrettable.