Mark Zahra tests negative for Coronavirus

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  • Racing to return to Victoria as Zahra tests negative to Coronavirus
Mark Zahra Mark Zahra (Pic: PA Images)


The door is now open for racing to resume in Victoria, and the domino effect will see NSW follow suit.

Racing fans (and the industry as a whole) have been waiting with baited breath over the results which have now brought on a National sigh of relief with the weekend meetings fast approaching.

The Melbourne-based rider had been in contact with a person who tested positive to COVID-19 which led to him being tested himself.

Health Authorities advised Zahra that he had been on the same flight as another passenger who had tested positive to the virus.

It was a nervous 24-hour wait for the results but the verdict was pleasing news to Zahra and his family, along with the entire racing community.

The meetings set down for Warrnambool and Pakenham on Friday will now go ahead as planned.

Racing Victoria Chief Executive Giles Thompson was also pleased to hear the news.

“Mark’s negative test paves the way for racing to resume in Victoria tomorrow and for this we are extremely grateful”.


“We are acutely aware of the incredible hardship that many Australians are facing as at this time through the loss of their jobs, which is why we are continuing to work so hard to protect the livelihoods of all those within Victorian racing who depend on it.”

Upon receiving the news, Zahra also shared his good news on social media.