Jockey tests positive for Covid-19 before planned trip to UK

Shane Crosse will miss the plum ride on Galileo Chrome in the Pertemps St Leger after testing positive for coronavirus.

The leading apprentice jockey was heading to Doncaster from his native Ireland to partner the well-backed stayer in tomorrow's feature contest.

But trainer Joseph O'Brien has found an able substitute in Tom Marquand for the 11/2 shot and stablemate State Of Rest, a runner in the bet365 Champagne Stakes earlier on the card.

Crosse was tested under the protocols required for travel on the eve of the Group 1 contest.

Dr Jennifer Pugh, Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Senior Medical Officer, said: “Shane was completely asymptomatic and was very surprised to learn of the test result.

"He was not unwell and hadn’t engaged in any high-risk behaviour. He is now in isolation for 14 days and has worked with us on identifying his close contacts.

“We have been in communication with Public Health today, notified them of the test, and they are happy with the steps we have taken.

"It means that those who have shared a car with him, and those who live with Shane, have been informed they must also self-isolate for 14 days.

"As directed by Public Health, contact tracing commenced on Friday morning and testing will be carried out today of all close contacts of the index case.

“We have been prepared for this and have responded accordingly, and this case reinforces just why we have had such strict protocols in place since racing resumed on June 8.

"These measures ensure that social distancing is taking place at racecourses, and face masks and coverings are mandatory both inside and outside.

“Shane is employed by trainer Joseph O’Brien and we have been working with Joseph this morning to provide contact tracing and testing of Shane’s close contacts. Joseph’s horses will run today as planned, but as a precaution these horses will be taken care of by staff from other yards.

“Public Health are satisfied with our protocols and the measures we have taken, and for racing to continue under strict protocols behind closed doors.”

Jockeys who rode alongside Crosse at Navan on Thursday were told to take a Covid-19 test, which led to a number of jockey changes at Limerick 24 hours on.

Marquand was set to partner English King in the St Leger, before he was a late non-runner.

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