Star rider Christophe Soumillon is not finding the going too accommodating this time around and struck a hurdle even as he landed a winner on Class Five slugger Silver Wraith. Soumillon gave the Me Tsui Yu-sak-trained gelding a perfect trip to take the fourth race but had to survive a protest from fourth place dead-heater Chosen One (Eric Saint-Martin) to keep the race, then found himself in hot water with the stewards for the ride and did not survive that one. Soumillon had dashed to the inside of Friends Forever halfway up the straight to get Silver Wraith into clear room when Friends Forever was shifting ground, but Soumillon had not seen Chosen One charging home along the rail behind him. Saint-Martin was forced to stop and check, then struggled to get Chosen One wound up again to full momentum before the winning post arrived. Saint-Martin fired in his objection, stewards threw it out just as readily, as the length and a half margin between the two horses at the finish was too wide for them to be comfortable that Chosen One would in fact have won the race, but the Belgian rider was suspended for two days and fined HK$40,000 after pleading guilty. 'Well, I can do with the break anyway,' was Soumillon's summation of events, but he will have to wait as the suspension has been deferred until after next Sunday's dual Group One programme at Sha Tin.