Victorian racing figure tested for coronavirus

Ruben Hill
March 25, 2020

Racing has been temporarily suspended in the Australian state of Victoria until at least Friday while a participant is tested for Covid-19.

Until Wednesday, racing had been the last major sport still standing with meetings conducted under strict biosecurity protocols and without spectators.

"Racing NSW received advice this afternoon that an interstate participant - who attended the Rosehill Gardens meeting on Saturday, 21 March 2020 - has received advice from health authorities that a commercial flight he caught on 12 March 2020 has had another passenger from that flight that has tested positive to COVID-19", it said.

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.

RV immediately cancelled the rest of the Sandown meeting as well as two meetings on Thursday.

The participant is not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 but RV said it was using an abundance of caution to call Sandown off as well as two meetings on Thursday.

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

"We spent a lot of time putting protocols in place and educating the participants", Thompson told racing.com.

Four harness racing participants have been stood down as a precautionary measure due to potential exposure to Coronavirus. The flight took place prior to the introduction of strict coronavirus protocols which came into place on March 13.

Harness racing in NSW has also been shut down after an employee of the Penrith club tested positive after coming into contact with another person outside the industry.

"In the event the interstate participant tests negative, Racing NSW will immediately resume racing subject to any Government restriction", the RNSW statement concluded.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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