Two jockeys, four trainers in Covid-19 scare
Six licensed personnel, including jockeys Damien Oliver and Jye McNeil and trainers Denis Pagan and Robbie Griffiths, will not be allowed to attend a licensed racing premises until further advised by Racing Victoria after being caught up in a Covid-19 scare.
The quartet, alongside two other unnamed trainers, attended a Victorian Racing Media Association lunch on Monday, after which a fellow attendee was identified as having been to one of the exposure sites listed by the Victorian state government on Thursday, initiated after a hotel quarantine worker tested positive to the virus.
In a statement made to Racing.com, RV confirmed the attendee of the event was awaiting a Covid-19 test result, but had not shown any symptoms. The statement read: “RV has directed two jockeys and four trainers who were in attendance at the luncheon not to attend a licensed racing premises until further advised by RV.
It has also requested, directly and/or via the VRMA, that all other attendees refrain from attending a licensed racing premises pending further advice. An update will be provided once the test result has been received.” As such, McNeil did not ride at Pakenham yesterday, while he will be unable to partner Swats That (Shamus Award) in his intended jump-out this morning. Oliver has three rides at Pakenham today and he had not been stood down as of yesterday evening. Both McNeil and Oliver rode at Sandown on Wednesday.