Group 1-winning jockey Nash Rawiller will be back in the saddle at Sandown on Wednesday after tests cleared him of COVID-19 on Tuesday morning.
Rawiller, among four hoops stood down on Friday after travelling to New South Wales, has four rides for the meeting and joins Craig Williams, who also returned a negative result.
“I wasn’t at any stage concerned,” Rawiller said.
“I did the right things while I was up there (Sydney) and was nowhere near where it (coronavirus outbreak) was.”
He will ride early favourite Narvaez in the second at Sandown, and then Collectable in the fifth, Laundy in the seventh and Helavabel in the last.
A cutaway rail is to be trialled by Melbourne Racing Club at the meeting and it will also be adopted for the Lakeside track on January 6.
Feedback will determine if the club proceeds with the cutaway rail in the winter.
Rawiller has also picked up a handy ride on Saturday, replacing his son, apprentice Campbell, on Gold Fields in the Listed Lord Stakes at Caulfield.
Nash Rawiller will ride at Sandown on Wednesday. Pictutr: Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Leading jockey Damien Oliver will miss the Sandown meeting, but has been booked for the ride on Pandemic in the Christmas Stakes over 1200m on Saturday, although trainer James Cummings has yet to decide if the four-year will run.
Pandemic, a last-start winner at Rosehill on December 5 when ridden by James McDonald, is still in Sydney and Cummings was still weighing up the options before acceptances on Wednesday morning.
But Pakenham trainer Phillip Stokes has declared quality sprinter Samson in “good order” as he chases a hat-trick of wins in the Listed Christmas Stakes.
“The horse is going great,” Stokes said.
“He had a freshen up since he won a stakes race on the last day of the (Spring) carnival.
“He worked well this morning, had a jump out. He is fit and well and goes into the race in good order.”
Samson conquered South Australian Parsifal over 1200m at Moonee Valley on October 23 and then beat home another two SA sprinters Morvada and Bold Star after leading throughout in the Chatham Stakes over 1400m at Flemington on November 7.
Originally published asStar hoop cleared to return after NSW visit
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