Jamie Kah Melbourne lockout violation: jockey fined for Airbnb party leaving home ‘totally battered’

An Airbnb vacation home where top jockey Jamie Kah and three other runners threw a lockdown violation party was “totally ransacked,” a cleaner said.

The housekeeper found what she believed to be bloodstains and traces of wine on the floor and even on the sofa of the lavish short-term rental in Mornington, south Melbourne, when she arrived on Friday afternoon.

Several other workers and steam cleaners had to clean up the three-story property, which sold for $ 1,225,000 last year.

Jockey Jamie Kah apologized via Twitter on Friday, writing: “I am deeply embarrassed and disappointed in myself”

Several cleaning crews, steam cleaners and a mobile pool cleaner were forced to scour an Airbnb property (pictured) which hosted an illegal party attended by star jockey Jamie Kah on Friday

Several cleaning crews, steam cleaners and a mobile pool cleaner were forced to scour an Airbnb property (pictured) which hosted an illegal party attended by star jockey Jamie Kah on Friday

Mornington Airbnb owners reportedly felt the booking was made by essential workers according to letter of apology written to neighbors

Mornington Airbnb owners reportedly felt the booking was made by essential workers according to letter of apology written to neighbors

“The place was totally trashed, an absolute mess,” the cleaner told the Sun Herald.

“There was blood everywhere on the couch. The red wine looked like it had passed through the house.

A neighbor, who did not wish to be named, told the Herald Sun that she knew the owners of the house, saying they were “extremely sorry and angry about what had happened.”

She also heard the police knocking on the rental house door just after midnight, saying, “It was really loud. You could literally hear everything.

Top rider Kah, fellow jockeys Ethan Brown and Ben Melham, and apprentice Celine Gaudray were fined for staying in the rental 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 5 km radius and in violation of the curfew,” Victoria police said in a statement.

All six were fined $ 5,452 each for violating the instructions of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

The four riders also pleaded guilty to charges brought by the race marshals of “failure or refusal to comply with an order, directive or requirement of the marshals or an official”.

Champion jockey Jamie Kah will not race Behemoth at Caulfield on Saturday after being caught breaking Melbourne lockdown

Apprentice jockey Céline Gaudray was at Airbnb's illegal party, police said

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 commissioners suspended the racing licenses of the four jockeys for three months, which means that none of them can participate in the Spring Racing 2021 carnival.

Kah apologized for his behavior.

“I am deeply embarrassed and disappointed in myself,” she said in a statement on Twitter.

“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.”

Cleaners described the rental as

Cleaners described the rental as “totally trashed” when they saw blood and wine stains on the carpet and sofa.

A two-day racing court investigation into the incident ended on Friday.

The suspension expires on November 25 at midnight.

Stewards said they took riders’ guilty pleas and expressions of remorse into account, but the penalties had to be sufficient to deter others from committing COVID-related offenses.

Any appeal must be lodged within three days.

Jockey Ben Melham will miss out on Saturday in Beau Rossa, Group 1 favorite Memsie Stakes, at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne

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

Ethan Brown was one of four jockeys suspended for 14 days after alleged Covid violation

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said he was “bitterly disappointed” with the jockeys.

“We are always disappointed when people don’t play by the rules and we understand that Racing Victoria is taking immediate action and… will send a strong message,” he told reporters on Friday.

Racing Victoria general manager Giles Thompson condemned the riders’ actions.

“These individuals could have endangered the very continuity of our sport and blatantly ignored the broader implications of the community by their selfish and thoughtless actions,” he said in a statement Thursday.

He also warned of the “critical need” for the industry to follow COVID-19 guidelines ahead of the Spring Racing Carnival.

The racing industry has been allowed to continue operating under COVID restrictions and Racing Victoria says more than 750 racing meetings have been held safely since the start of the pandemic.

Last year, the Melbourne Cup carnival took place without spectators at the generally crowded Flemington Racecourse.

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