Jamie Kah Melbourne lockout violation: champion jockey fined for Airbnb party
Four jockeys, including top rider Jamie Kah, have been fined for violating Victoria’s lockdown restrictions by staying at a Mornington Airbnb.
Jamie Kah, Ethan Brown, Ben Melham and apprentice jockey Celine Gaudray were at the Melbourne rental house with two other people on Wednesday night.
Police were called to the Tallis Drive property with a noise complaint just before midnight, apparently after hearing from a partner who was estranged from one of the jockeys.
“Upon arrival, officers located six people inside, all allegedly outside their three-mile radius and in violation of the curfew,” Victoria police said in a statement.
They were each fined $ 5,452 for violating the instructions of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
The four jockeys, who are all isolated, have been banned from race meetings for 14 days, meaning Kah and Melham will not race Group 1 favorites Memsie Stakes Behemoth and Beau Rossa respectively at Caulfield racecourse on Saturday.
Champion jockey Jamie Kah (left) and three other riders, including apprentice Céline Gaudray (right), have been fined for breaking the Melbourne lockdown for an Airbnb party
The four jockeys were all outside their 3 mile radius and violated Melbourne curfew when they were found at an Airbnb on the Mornington Peninsula (stock above), police said.
In a statement on Twitter, Kah said she wanted to apologize for her behavior.
“I am deeply embarrassed and disappointed in myself,” she said.
“There is no excuse for what I did and I let myself down, my family and friends, the racing industry and all the Victorians doing the right thing in this lockdown.”
“I deserve the sanction imposed by the stewards and I will take the time to reflect on my actions and their impact on so many people.”
A two-day race court investigation into the incident ended on Friday.
The suspension begins at midnight on August 26, 2021 and expires at midnight on November 25, 2021.
Jockeys have been banned from racing meetings and licensed venues for at least two weeks, and until cleared by stewards and negative COVID-19 tests have been provided.
But they will be allowed to do track work, jumps and official practice after September 9.
Racing Victoria general manager Giles Thompson released a statement on Thursday condemning the riders’ actions.
“These people could have endangered the very continuity of our sport and blatantly ignored the wider community implications by their selfish and thoughtless actions,” he said.
He warned the violations did not reflect the rest of the industry, which was working hard to comply with the rules.
“To see all of this potentially marred by the reckless behavior of a few is incredibly disappointing and far from what is expected of our industry participants,” he said.
He also warned of the “critical need” for the industry to follow COVID-19 guidelines ahead of the Spring Racing Carnival.
Jockey Ben Melham will miss out on Saturday in Beau Rossa, Group 1 favorite Memsie Stakes, at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne
Ethan Brown was one of four jockeys suspended for 14 days after alleged Covid violation
RV stewards discovered that the jockeys had violated state government stay-at-home orders and, in so doing, the racing agency’s requirements.
The jockeys have been banned from race meetings and permitted venues for at least two weeks, and until cleared by stewards and negative COVID-19 tests have been provided.
Victoria’s Health Minister Martin Foley criticized the jockeys for the alleged violation.
“We are all bitterly disappointed. We are always disappointed when people don’t play by the rules and we understand that the Victoria race takes immediate action and would take more action and send a strong message, ”he said on Friday.
It comes after Dan Andrews lashed out at “selfish” Victorians for waiting up to a week to get tested despite showing symptoms, with 79 new cases recorded on Friday.
The Victorian Prime Minister said tough stay-at-home measures would remain in place if residents continued to “break the rules”.
“The more people break the rules, the longer these rules will last,” Andrews warned.
The state’s sixth lockdown is expected to end on September 2, but with a high number of mysterious cases and infectious people in the community, it is expected to be extended.
“We will be making all of these decisions based on the most recent advice and at this time, with six days left, it is too early to make this call,” Foley said.
Victorians trapped in their grueling sixth coronavirus lockdown have been warned by Daniel Andrews (pictured Thursday) that tough stay-at-home measures will remain in place if residents continue to ‘break the rules’
Several state prime ministers have expressed concern that ending Australia’s zero Covid strategy by removing blockades and crippling interstate border closures could lead to increased infections and deaths.
But figures calculation experts at the Doherty Institute revised a report for the National Cabinet’s four-phase reopening plan, their data concluding that it would be prudent to end many onerous restrictions, even with a high number of cases. once 70% immunization coverage is reached.
In recent weeks, the governments of Queensland, Western Australia and the Victorian era have threatened to return nationally as daily infection rates in New South Wales continued to rise – exceeding 1,000 cases for the first time Thursday.
The four-phase plan says Australia can move to phase two when 70% of the adult population is fully vaccinated.
With just a third of people aged 16 and over now on double doses, Australia is unlikely to meet the target until the end of October if current vaccination rates are maintained.
Based on this assumption, 80% coverage is expected to be completed by November – but overseas, including the UK, US and Israel, vaccination rates have dropped significantly past the benchmark. 60%.
Mr Andrews had previously expressed concerns about the opening with skyrocketing infection rates, but later maintained he was committed to the National Cabinet plan.