Queensland Police has interviewed star jockeys Hugh Bowman and James McDonald but have now cleared the duo of any Covid-19 breaches after they were filmed racing cane toads in a far north Queensland pub.
Channel 9 sparked the drama when they showed footage on A Current Affair last Friday night of the pair’s escapades in Port Douglas which were alleged to be in breach of isolation orders.
Bowman and McDonald flew to Queensland for the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara meeting when the Queensland Government slammed shut its borders to Sydney residents over Greater Sydney’s latest ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.
It left Sydney jockeys unable to ride at the Eagle Farm meeting on Saturday June 26 and many Sydney jockeys returned home, as protocols appeared to dictate anyone who had been in Sydney from the 21st had to self isolate for 14 days.
The matter was mired in confusion and there are blurred lines regarding the health orders, but the bottom line is police have now cleared the jockeys.
“Police have spoken to the parties involved who have provided versions that indicate they left the NSW hotspot before it was declared,” a Queensland Police spokesperson told News Corp.
“Investigations by police have since received confirmation no breaches have been detected and no further action will be taken in relation to this matter.”
McDonald is returning from Queensland this week and is likely to ride at the Randwick trials on Friday before riding at the same venue on Saturday.
Bowman will continue his holiday and is likely to return for rides at the midweek Sydney meeting on the Kensington track on July 21.
Originally published asPolice clear top jockeys of Covid breaches
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