Two NSW-based jockeys who may have been exposed to COVID-19 have returned negative samples to the potential deadly virus.
On Wednesday, racing across Australia came to a shuddering halt on after it was revealed a Melbourne-based jockey, which has since been confirmed as Mark Zahra, had been on the same commercial flight as someone who had coronavirus on March 12.
In the ensuing weeks Zahra came in contact with fellow hoops across several states.
He flew to Sydney on a private jet for Golden Slipper day alongside a group of his peers. The NSW-based duo of Bowman and Berry were on the flight were tested for exposure to the virus as a precaution.
Zahra’s test result is still to be confirmed however Racing NSW released a statement clearing a pair of NSW jockeys who were at risk of exposure.
“Racing NSW confirms that the two NSW industry participants that had travelled on a charter flight on 21 March 2020 with an interstate participant who may have been exposed to COVID-19, have both tested negative to COVID-19,” the release said.
“Racing NSW awaits the result of the tests performed on the interstate participant which are due today, before advising of the status of upcoming race meetings.”
Saturday’s Group I Tancred Stakes meeting now looks likely to go ahead as planned provided no other scares occur in the next 48 hours.
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