A Covid scare received’t cease the Caulfield Cup from going forward however jockey John Allen is ready on a test end result to be cleared for the race.
UPDATE: Racing Victoria integrity chief Jamie Stier is assured – primarily based on out there test outcomes – an ongoing Ballarat Covid-19 scare is not going to affect Saturday’s $5m Caulfield Cup assembly.
But Group 1 jockey John Allen, amongst these linked to the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace steady, was nonetheless sweating on a unfavorable test, as of 5pm on Thursday.
Allen has seven rides on Saturday, pending a unfavorable swab, together with the Maher-Eustace-trained Caulfield Cup contender Explosive Jack.
“He’s (Allen) still going through the clearance procedure,” Stier mentioned.
“That will be known (clearance) as soon as we’re able to.”
Stier on Thursday confirmed RV performed about 100 Covid-19 assessments at Ballarat this week. He wouldn’t be drawn on the outcomes.
“It’s progressing, we’re still awaiting on some of the test results,” Stier mentioned.
“We’re hoping to be in a position tomorrow (Friday) to hopefully make some further progress.”
Victoria’s continued Covid surge, a file 2297 circumstances have been reported on Thursday, coupled with elevated testing has led to statewide processing delays.
Affected Maher-Eustace Ballarat workers can be in a position to resume common exercise, relying on their stage of contact, after receiving a unfavorable test.
Despite the lag, and the present Ballarat pattern, the previous 24 hours has buoyed Stier’s division.
“At the moment we’re not provided with any scenario which would put in doubt the weekend’s racing,” Stier mentioned.
RV acted shortly to include the potential outbreak when it grew to become conscious of 1 optimistic case from the Ballarat steady.
Routine contact tracing continued on Thursday.
Ballarat recorded 5 new Covid circumstances on Thursday – down from 9 the day earlier than – taking the regional centre’s lively circumstances to 71.
Stier conceded case numbers in Ballarat was a priority given the variety of racing contributors residing and dealing in the area.
“There’s been several cases reported within Ballarat and it’s a regional community,” Stier mentioned.
“We’re concerned wherever we see clusters of reports occur.”
Caulfield Cup not in danger
The $5m Caulfield Cup will go forward as scheduled on Saturday, as Racing Victoria strikes to test, isolate and include an rising Ballarat Covid scare.
Ciaron Maher’s affected Ballarat steady will function as regular, with enhanced biosecurity protocols and modified coaching instances, underneath RV’s commonplace Covid response.
News Corp has confirmed at the least two Ballarat-based Maher steady workers have returned optimistic Covid assessments.
Additional workers, together with co-trainer David Eustace, are isolating pending outcomes.
The precise supply of an infection, whether or not it originated on the Ballarat steady or not, stays unknown.
Melbourne Racing Club has not been briefed on the Covid incident, however sources are assured Saturday’s marquee Caulfield Cup assembly can be unaffected.
Eustace was on the races final Saturday — Caulfield Guineas day.
Racing Victoria on Wednesday evening mentioned it was working with Ballarat Turf Club to handle the scenario.
“RV and the stable have today facilitated Covid testing of the stable’s employees and other persons identified through the industry’s contact tracing process,” RV mentioned in a press release.
“RV and the BTC are implementing arrangements to ensure that appropriate care and exercise can be afforded to the stable’s horses by designated staff pending receipt of those test results.”
News Corp has established the Covid scare just isn’t linked to a current luncheon, involving a number of Ballarat trainers late final month.
It comes as stewards on Wednesday introduced jockey John Allen was unavailable to ride on the Thousand Guineas assembly.
Allen has reportedly returned a unfavorable end result to a fast antigen test, however was nonetheless ready on a second test end result.
Allen, a go-to jockey for Maher-Eustace, rode for the steady on Sunday at Ballarat and once more on Tuesday at Kyneton.
Allen is booked to accomplice the steady’s main Caulfield Cup runner Explosive Jack.
Horses at Ciaron Maher Racing can be skilled away from different Ballarat stables till additional discover.
Originally revealed as John Allen sweats on Covid test to ride in Caulfield Cup
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