Virus shuts down Oz meetings

Virus shuts down Oz meetings

WARWICK FARM’s Ascot and Launceston meetings were consigned to the scrap heap with Sandown and Warwick Farm as a Victorian-based participant awaits the results of a coronavirus test.

Racing Victoria suspended racing midway through Wednesday’s card after a jockey based in the state had been told they were on the same flight as someone with coronavirus when travelling on 12 March.

RV reported the participant is currently displaying no symptoms of the virus but the hoop is understood to have come in contact with jockeys across several states since then.

It forced Racing NSW stewards to postpone Wednesday’s meeting at Warwick Farm as a precaution and Ascot followed suit not long after, with a jockey riding on the day understood to have come into contact with the hoop.

“Please be advised that the remainder of today’s Ascot meeting has been cancelled due to health and safety precautions,” Racing & Wagering Western Australia official Twitter said.

Three races had been run on the eight race card when stewards opted to pull the pin. The meeting at Launceston in Tasmania was over before it even started due to a track issue but racing was suspended due to the COVID-19 test. 

“We have been advised that the interstate jockey was a passenger on a commercial flight on 12 March,” Tas Racing CEO Paul Eriksson said.

“A passenger on that flight has subsequently tested positive to COVID-19.

“A decision will be made on further race meetings by close of business tomorrow (26 March 2020).”

Queensland followed suit late in the day, suspending racing until results of the Victorian jockeys test are finalised.

A jockey at Wednesday’s Eagle Farm program had been in contact with the Victorian jockey. 

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