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Fourth jockey tests positive to Covid

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The rider, who News Corp has chosen not to name, produced a positive result when tested at a facility at Melbourne Airport on Monday.Victorian Jockeys’ Association chief executive Matthew Hyland said the rider had displayed mild symptoms of the virus.The jockey faces a minimum 10-day stand-down period and must produce a negative test before being allowed to ride again.The jockey’s housemate, a fellow rider, has also been stood down for seven days as a confirmed close contact.The latest positive Covid test is believed to be related to a legal gathering of jockeys in Melbourne last Thursday night.Racing Victoria and the Department of Health and Human Services are investigating the circumstances behind the case.Covid-19 concerns wreaked havoc on Boxing Day racing around the state after the three initial riders tested positive while another 12 jockeys were stood down as a precaution.The issue caused more than 40 jockey changes at Caulfield alone on Sunday.The outbreak has also impacted trainers with the number of jockeys missing trackwork adding to the workload of track riders.Hyland told the Herald Sun on Monday that he expected positive Covid tests to affect racing well into the future as governments ease restrictions on travel and socialising around the country.



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