Jockey Shane Crosse tests positive for Covid-19 and will miss the ride on St Leger contender Galileo Chrome

IRISH jockey Shane Crosse has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss his big St Leger ride.

The young rider was due to jet in for the ride on Joseph O'Brien's Galileo Chrome in Saturday's Classic.

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.

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.

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"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.

“Shane is employed by trainer Joseph O’Brien and we have been working with Joseph this morning to provide contact tracing and testing of Shane’s close contacts.

"Joseph’s horses will run today as planned, but as a precaution these horses will be taken care of by staff from other yards.

“Public Health are satisfied with our protocols and the measures we have taken, and for racing to continue under strict protocols behind closed doors.”

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