The Daily Telegraph - Business : 2020-08-07

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14 The Daily Telegraph Friday 7 August 2020 ** Sport Moore escapes with fine for Goodwood coronaviru­s breach Golf Racing By Jon Lees Racehorse trainer Gary Moore escaped with a £750 fine for breaching racecourse Covid-19 protocols during Glorious Goodwood, for which he was marched off the track last week. In the first disciplina­ry case brought by the British Horseracin­g Authority involving coronaviru­s rules, the regulator had argued for a three-month racecourse exclusion of Moore, the father of leading Flat jockey Ryan Moore. Yet while an independen­t disciplina­ry panel found Moore guilty of failing to comply with the Covid-19 requiremen­ts, it cleared him of misleading the BHA, describing an exclusion as “inappropri­ate”, and levied a financial penalty instead. The outcome of a near two-hourlong hearing, conducted by Zoom, was a setback for the BHA, keen to underline the importance of the protocols which have enabled the resumption of racing without spectators since June 1. Trainers, jockeys and race-day officials, the sport’s essential workers, have to stick to a designated green zone and not mix with owners, who must stay in their own separate area. According to the BHA, Moore, one of the most successful dualpurpos­e trainers in the country, had caused Goodwood staff “repeated problems” last Thursday. He had watched his runner Junkanoo win the first race from within the wrong part of the stand and had been asked to leave the owners’ area two or three times before he was finally escorted off the track at the end of the meeting. Moore denied deliberate­ly disobeying the restrictio­ns, saying he had been confused. He accused closed doors “for the foreseeabl­e future” because of the fear of a second wave. Public health authoritie­s have told the BHA that a 14-day quarantine will be considered for all racecourse attendees in the same zone as someone who tests positive for Covid-19. The BHA said that Public Health England had been reassured that there were tight controls in place on racecourse­s. This year’s Qipco British Champions Day, which celebrates its 10th anniversar­y at Ascot on Oct 17, will offer total prize money of £2.5million, a coronaviru­s-affected reduction from £4 million in 2019. Goodwood’s security of adopting a “heavy-handed” approach. “I do feel very strongly that I was kind of being made an example of on the day,” he said. “They did upset a lot of trainers there.” A BHA spokesman said that observance of the rules had generally been “exceptiona­l”, but added: “If necessary the sport will not hesitate to take action against those who do not follow the published protocols.” At the same time, the regulator issued an update which ruled out any imminent easing of restrictio­ns, and warned that race meetings were likely to continue behind Cricket Higgins crashes out after making

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