RNSW confirms jockey Covid-19 tests negative

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.

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.

Note - Racing Victoria CEO Giles Thompson says he expects racing to resume 'as soon as possible' if Victorian jockey Mark Zahra is cleared of Covid-19.

Racing NSW has advised that both Hugh Bowman and Tommy Berry have tested negative to Covid-19 and Thompson said he hoped that Zahra's results will come back sometime today, Thursday.

Zahra was on a commercial flight on March 12th with another person unrelated to Zahra elsewhere on that aircraft subsequently testing positive to Covid-19. 

Zahra was one of a group of Victorian jockeys with Hugh Bowman and Tommy Berry who flew on a chartered aircraft from Melbourne to Sydney last Friday night after The Valley meeting to ride at Rosehill last Saturday. When the information became known on Wednesday both the Warwick Farm and Sandown meetings were abandoned and the jockeys sent for testing.

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