Racing NSW Stewards today conducted an inquiry relative to a breach of the Racing NSW Covid-19 Protocols, subsequent to jockey Tom Marquand dismounting from his mount Addeyyb after winning Race 8 (Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes) conducted at Royal Randwick on Saturday, 11 April 2020.
Evidence was taken today from jockey Tom Marquand and licensed stablehand Safid Alam, who was assisted by stable representative Harry Eustace.
Mr Marquand and Mr Alam each pleaded guilty to a charge under AR232(b) of having failed to comply with an order and/or direction of the Stewards in that after dismounting from Addeyyb, jockey Marquand did initiate contact with Mr Alam by contacting his shoulder, which then resulted in Mr Alam and jockey Marquand embracing shortly after, such contact being in breach of the Racing NSW Covid-19 Protocols.
After considering all the evidence, taking into account the guilty pleas and contrition displayed by both parties, jockey Mr Marquand was fined $2,000 and Mr Alam was fined $500.
After being made aware of the contact between the two parties, Racing NSW Stewards sought medical advice in respect to what measures should be implemented to permit jockey Tom Marquand to continue to participate at New South Wales race meetings.
After considering the medical advice and confirming both Mr Alam and Mr Marquand had not displayed Covid-19 symptoms, Stewards were satisfied that the continued participation of jockey Tom Marquand at New South Wales race meetings did not present any increased risk as a result of this incident occurring and therefore Tom Marquand was permitted to fulfil his riding engagements.
AR 232 Failure to observe processes and directions of PRAs or Stewards
A person must not:
(b) fail or refuse to comply with an order, direction or requirement of the Stewards
or an official.