Interesting article in Let’s Go horseracing site earlier which Arsenal referred to in another topic.
I know anyone who comes into close contact with a a covid 19’ case has to isolate for 14 days unless they are classified as casual contacts. A negative rapid antigen test does not absolve you if you are a causal contact too. The normal test takes upto 24 -48 hrs too. This has happened to a couple of my work colleagues from different locations who were working from home but attended shopping centres etc. They got pinged with text messages and one got visited by police as he was deemed a close contact during the early weeks of the lockdown to see if he was isolating. So what they are alleging is quite an interesting theory or could be a case of 2 + 2 = 6. Like to see how this plays out.
Article below. https://letsgohorseracing.com.au/
IS THERE SOME POLITICAL CHICANERY BEHIND THE LOY APPEAL OR DOES RACING NSW HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE WITH COVID POSITIVES?
WHEN are the Sydney racing ‘spin doctors’ for the almighty one of Racing NSW, Peter V’landys, going to publish the story and identity of the top trainer and jockeys who have allegedly tested positive to COVID-19?
That’s a legitimate question posed today in an EXCLUSIVE by ARCHIE BUTTERFLY on his subscriber-only website, peterprofit.com and we at LGHR are reliably informed that he is spot-on.
It follows the story about Norm Loy, the small-time trainer from Albury who was scrubbed out for three months for allegedly bringing racing into disrepute by tweeting his legitimately held but poorly expressed opinions about the NSW Premier and her decisions with regard to the COVID lockdowns.
Loy has decided to appeal his sentence, and leading Melbourne racing barrister Damian Sheales has taken on the case, reportedly pro-bono (for free).
Sheales has lodged an entry of appearance, which means that he informed Racing NSW that he was on the job for Loy.
Can you believe this?
‘The Butterfly’ reports that within hours Racing NSW had engaged Sydney’s No 1 silk, Bret Walker SC to run their defence to Loy’s appeal.
Walker is said to charge $27,500 a day. The case will take at least a day to be heard, maybe two. Walker will also need time to prepare – up to two days. On that basis the cost could blow out to $110,000.
It doesn’t end there. Insiders say Walker SC has added at least one or even two solicitors to his legal team and is also said to have engaged Junior Counsel to assist him. The estimated costs of this would be: Junior Counsel ($6,000-$8,000 a day) and the lawyers ($5,000 each).
What all this means is that Racing NSW is prepared to spend up to $200,000 to defend an appeal made by a small-time trainer about a penalty for sending a disparaging private tweet about the Premier on a public issue that wasn’t directly about racing.
It just doesn’t make sense and as Archie Butterfly reports: ONLY Peter V’landys has the power at Racing NSW to authorise such a level of spending.
Why has he done it over such a seemingly innocuous issue?
Here’s the punchline from ‘The Butterfly’:
‘I wrote earlier about how the State Government approval for a crowd of 5,000 on Everest Day was contingent upon NSW hitting the 70 per cent vaccination target.
What I didn’t tell you is that a jockey and a very prominent leading trainer had tested positive to COVID after being at various racing and training venues.
Since that time – last Friday in fact – another prominent jockey has tested positive, despite being vaccinated and carrying no obvious symptoms of the virus.
The jockey who threw a positive on Friday had been in contact with several leading Sydney trainers and jockeys at trackwork at a triangular racecourse in the Sydney western suburbs on the day that his test blew up with a plus sign. One of these jockeys is among the best in the land.
The infected jockey immediately notified Racing NSW of the result of his test.
It was kept secret, and the jockeys who had contact with the rider were permitted to ride at Randwick the very next day.
These jockeys were subjected to rapid antigen testing on race morning and recorded a negative result, but so had the infected jockey on other occasions during the week.
There are huge questions about the efficacy of rapid antigen testing, particularly in asymptomatic people who take the test. The Irish Times highlighted that country’s Government’s doubts about it in an article published just yesterday (Tuesday).
This is the question that Archie Butterfly has raised and so should the rest of the industry in this country:
Has the appointment of Bret Walker SC and his team been made because Peter V’landys is desperately trying to keep Sydney racing going until the end of the Everest carnival, and footy until the end of the finals, and is attempting to keep the Premier sweet?
Is this a cynical exercise in political chicanery that is far bigger than Norm Loy, but has cast him as the meat in the Sandwich.
When will the ‘love children’ of V’landys in the Sydney racing media do their jobs and tell the racing public who tested positive last Friday?
Does the NSW State Government know?
Does the NSW Premier know?
Will the Norm Loy appeal not be the only matter that the high priced genius of a silk who got George Pell off conducts on behalf of Racing NSW?’
LGHR was surprised when RSN in Victoria could not get the Racing NSW Chief Steward on air to answer questions about the COVID issue on Saturday morning.
We also wonder how south of the border JAMIE KAH and her party-goers must be feeling when they read what is allegedly happening (more to the point not happening) in NSW, especially after they were hung out to dry by Racing Victoria and its stewards?