QLD Jockey stood down for breaching COVID-19 Rules
- QLD Jockey pays a high price for COVID-19 rule breach
QLD jockey Zoe White has been stood down for six months after breaching the new COVID-19 rules.
QLD Racing introduced the new zoning rules last week in an attempt to protect all players in the industry during the coronavirus pandemic.
The state was broken into zones and jockeys were asked to nominate which zone they intended to race in, and those who didn’t nominate were allocated a zone in accordance with their last known residential address.
The 21-year-old apprentice was designated to ride in Zone 2, which is the Brisbane Metro South West where her master stable operates.
It was reported that White rode trackwork and nominated to ride in Central Zone 6 (at a Rockhampton meeting).
Stewards then issued her a stand-down order and she was required to self-isolate for 14-days, in accordance with the new zoning rules.
White then allegedly attended trackwork at Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park track on Thursday.
In a telephone hook-up, stewards then handed out a six-month disqualification for the rule breach.
Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett later issued a statement following the incident.
“The adoption of designated racing regions to further support the Queensland Government’s direction to stay local, reduce non-essential travel and to limit the spread of COVID-19 are non-negotiable”.
“These new rules are currently protecting the livelihoods of thousands of people in the racing industry, to flout them shows a total disregard for the difficult situation everyone is currently facing.
“Six months’ disqualification is an appropriate penalty and a lesson for every racing participant to abide by these directions at all times.”
White’s suspension begins immediately which sees her out of action until October 2.