Jockey to miss ride in Doncaster's St Leger after testing positive for Covid-19

A promising young jockey will miss his big ride in this year’s behind closed doors St Leger at Doncaster after testing positive for coronavirus.

Friday, 11th September 2020, 4:32 pm

Irish rider Shane Crosse was due to jet into Doncaster for the ride on Joseph O'Brien's Galileo Chrome in Saturday's Classic at Town Moor.

He was tested as part of the protocols allowing jockeys to travel to the UK to ride in Group 1 races - and his test provided a positive result.

He will now be replaced by Tom Marquand aboard the 6-1 shot.

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This year's St Leger will take place behind closed doors.

Dr Jennifer Pugh, IHRB 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.