Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott’s Flemington stable cleared of COVID-19 after staff member test comes back negative

The Flemington stable of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott went into lockdown on Monday while a staff member awaited the results of a COVID-19 test, but late on Monday night the results came back negative.

The female staff member felt unwell at trackwork on Monday morning and was immediately sent for a COVID-19 test as a precaution.

Waterhouse and Bott’s stable was put into lockdown as part of Racing Victoria’s COVID-19 protocols.

Racing Victoria issued a statement late on Monday night clearing the stable of any covid issues.

“Racing Victoria (RV) was today advised by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott stable that a staff member had taken themselves for a precautionary COVID-19 test yesterday after feeling unwell,” a Racing Victoria spokesman said.

“The registered stablehand last worked at Waterhouse-Bott’s Flemington stables on Saturday afternoon and has not attended a race meeting in the past week.

“Acting with an abundance of caution and in the best interests of the industry, RV facilitated the conduct of a second COVID-19 test today for the registered stablehand to expedite receipt of their results.

“That test result has been received tonight and was negative for COVID-19.

“As a result, the Waterhouse-Bott stable is free to resume normal training activities at Flemington tomorrow, noting that the staff member in question will not resume duties until they have returned to full health.”

The latest precautions came just over a fortnight after a scare went through the Cranbourne Training Centre last month.

A staff member from the Richard Laming stable tested positive for the potentially fatal disease, which forced several stables into a 24-hour lockdown.

Jockeys Jason Benbow and Michael Walker were tested and isolated for a day as were more than 80 stable staff based at Cranbourne.

Originally published asCOVID result in for Waterhouse’s Melbourne stable

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