Star English jockey fined for post-race hug

Racing NSW continued its crackdown on anyone breaking strict coronavirus protocols, handing out a $2000 fine to star jockey Tom Marquand after his post-race embrace of a stablehand following Addeybb’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes win last Saturday.

Stablehand Safid Alam was hit with a $500 fine for the embrace which Marquand initiated after winning the Group 1 feature race at Royal Randwick.

“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,” a Racing NSW stewards report read.

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Tom Marquand was fined $2000 for embracing Safid Alam after Addeybb’s win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Racing NSW sought medical advice to see if Marquand could continue riding in NSW this week before flying back to England after Saturday’s All Aged Stakes meeting at Randwick.

Neither Marquand nor Alam were displaying any symptoms of coronavirus and stewards are satisfied the jockey doesn’t pose an increased risk to his peers this week.

The punishment comes days after Gai Waterhouse and Arian Bott’s stable rep Neil Paine was banned from racetracks for a month after getting too close to his team after Farnan’s Golden Slipper win last month.

Marquand rode at Wednesday’s meeting on the Kensington track at Randwick and will ride Matthew Smith’s multiple Group 1 winner Fierce Impact in the All Ages Stakes and Holyfield in the Champagne Stakes for the Maher/Eustace operation.

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