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EXEMPTION BUNGLE

NSW JOCKEY FORCED TO LEAVE HOWARD SPRINGS, DASHING HOPES OF MELBOURNE CUP RIDE

- GARY SHIPWAY

STAR jockey Glen Boss’s hopes of riding in the Melbourne Cup appear to have been dashed with his quarantine approval in Howard Springs revoked by the Territory’s chief health officer.

Boss had been booked to ride the early Cup favourite Incentivis­e.

The NT News reported on Wednesday that Boss had been given an exemption and accepted into the Northern Territory’s Howard Springs quarantine facility, paving the way for him to ride in the Victorian spring carnival and ride Incentivis­e in the Melbourne Cup.

NSW chief steward Marc van Gestel had confirmed Boss would go into two weeks of supervised quarantine.

However, an NT Health spokeswoma­n said NT chief health officer Hugh Heggie reviewed the decision on Wednesday and determined that the Border Entry Applicatio­n of Boss and wife Sloane did not meet the requiremen­ts for essential work.

“As such, the CHO has revoked the approval to enter the Northern Territory,” she said.

Boss said he was only in Howard Springs for four hours before being told to return to Sydney.

“We had been here four hours when two policemen knocked on our door and told us we could no longer quarantine there and had to leave the NT,’’ Boss said on Thursday.

“I could get upset about it but that won’t change anything. It’s very disappoint­ing because we followed all the protocols and our applicatio­n to quarantine here was initially approved.

“For some reason, we are being drawn back to Sydney – that’s the way I look at it. I’ll go back home, work hard and concentrat­e on the Sydney spring carnival.’

“I am extremely grateful to the connection­s of Incentivis­e who afforded me the flexibilit­y to make every possible endeavour to relocate to Melbourne this spring.”

Boss’s presence in the Territory had raised eyebrows given previous NT government statements.

Earlier this month the Territory government announced it had banned visitors from taking advantage of the Howard Springs quarantine facility to gain entry into other states. Chief Minister Michael Gunner said it was no longer tenable to allow all domestic travellers to visit quarantine.

“The Howard Springs facility is being used for people from interstate that have no intention of spending any further time in the Territory,” he said.

 ??  ?? Sydney jockey Glen Boss arrived at Darwin Airport on Wednesday. Picture: Glenn Campbell
Sydney jockey Glen Boss arrived at Darwin Airport on Wednesday. Picture: Glenn Campbell
 ?? Picture: Glenn Campbell ?? Sydney jockey Glen Boss arrives in Darwin to quarantine at Howard Springs ahead of the Melbourne Cup. He was turned around four hours later.
Picture: Glenn Campbell Sydney jockey Glen Boss arrives in Darwin to quarantine at Howard Springs ahead of the Melbourne Cup. He was turned around four hours later.

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