Racing NSW is dealing with another COVID-19 scare in the Sydney jockey ranks that could threaten The Everest carnival.
The regulator has put in place a series of rapid tests at Sydney Airport on Saturday morning for riders before they head to Randwick after two jockeys stood down. Every jockey riding on George Main Stakes day at Randwick, the official start of the carnival, has been ordered to have an off-site COVID test before heading to races, where they will be tested again.
Racing officials are hopeful the George Main Stakes meeting will go ahead. If it does there are already plans to tighten the COVID protocols for trainers and staff.
The Herald understands the jockeys were informed of the new protocols on Saturday morning after an unconfirmed case in the riding bubble.
Jockeys have been split into metropolitan and country bubbles for the past couple of months to lessen the risk of transmission.
Racing NSW has been contacted for comment.
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