BHA con­firms ap­pren­tice jockey tested pos­i­tive for coron­avirus

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The Bri­tish Horserac­ing Au­thor­ity has con­firmed an ap­pren­tice jockey has tested pos­i­tive for coron­avirus.

The rul­ing body said the rider, who has not been named, has not rid­den for “a few weeks”, but did re­cently at­tend a race meet­ing.

A BHA spokesman said: “Hav­ing been no­ti­fied that an ap­pren­tice jockey had tested pos­i­tive for coron­avirus, the BHA has worked with the health pro­tec­tion agency, the Pro­fes­sional Jock­eys’ As­so­ci­a­tion, the jockey and their yard to as­sist their em­ployer in fol­low­ing gov­ern­ment guid­ance and man­ag­ing the jockey’s re­cent close con­tacts.

“A hand­ful of peo­ple have been iden­ti­fied and asked to self-iso­late for 14 days as a re­sult. Fur­ther tests taken by close con­tacts have not re­turned any fur­ther pos­i­tive re­sults.

“The jockey in ques­tion has not taken a ride for a few weeks, though at­tended a re­cent race meet­ing as a mem­ber of sta­ble staff, prior to show­ing any symp­toms and be­fore their pos­i­tive test. It re­mains im­por­tant that ev­ery­one in­volved in the sport fol­lows Gov­ern­ment and rac­ing guide­lines and pro­to­cols around so­cial dis­tanc­ing and en­vi­ron­ment hy­giene at all times.”

The pan­demic forced a com­plete shut­down of rac­ing from the mid­dle of March un­til June 1. Since the re­sump­tion, meet­ings have taken place be­hind closed doors, with all at­ten­dees re­quired to com­plete a health ques­tion­naire.

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