By Duane Fonseca
Jockey Tom Marquand has been handed an A$2,000 (Dh4,661) fine for embracing Addeybb’s groom after winning Saturday’s Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes in breach of strict coronavirus rules.
Marquand is the latest victim to be fined for not adhering to the social distancing protocols that are in place to allow horse racing to continue in Australia behind closed doors.
With all other major sports suspended, authorities are heavy-handed about all those connected with racing sticking to the rules and both Marquand and groom Safid Alam received sanctioned following an inquiry held by Racing NSW stewards on Wednesday.
The stewards notice said: “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.”