Investigation launched into two jockeys caught racing TOADS in bizarre alleged breach of Covid lockdown rules

AN investigation has been launched after two jockeys were alleged to have broke Covid lockdown rules – by racing TOADS.

Top Australian riders Hugh Bowman, 40, and James McDonald, 29, are being probed by racing chiefs.

The country has introduced strict measures to combat Covid.

Almost four million people were forced into lockdown for three days after just ONE person tested positive for the Delta strain in Brisbane recently.

Bowman and McDonald raced at Sydney's Canterbury track on June 23 and flew to Queensland that night – arriving just before the state closed its borders to Sydney residents.

The rules state anyone who had been in Sydney after June 21 had to self-isolate for 14 days when arriving in Queensland.

The jockeys were unable to ride at their proposed meet at Eagle Farm on June 26 due a Covid outbreak forcing lockdown.

A TV report has alleged that after racing was scrapped they went to Port Douglas, where they were filmed racing cane toads in a bar on July 1.

The now-deleted footage was posted online – but not before it was recorded by news show A Current Affair.

McDonald appeared to be at the bar with his TV presenter girlfriend Katelyn Mallyon.

The footage appears to show Bowman and McDonald racing cane toads in front of a cheering crowd.

According to reports on several sites including the Daily Mail, Queensland Police and New South Wales racing stewards are now looking into whether any rules were broken.

A police statement read: "The Queensland Police Service is aware of the incident and is currently making inquiries."

Racing NSW chief steward Marc Van Gestel confirmed a probe was underway and that the jockeys could face punishment.


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He said: "They’re up there at the moment and they’re obviously subject to the Queensland authorities and whatever they decide to do.

"It's obviously disappointing.

"They left on the 23rd and the Queensland orders were that anyone that had been in Greater Sydney from the 21st had to self isolate for 14 days."

Bowman is a legendary Ozzie rider and was crowned World's Best Jockey in 2017.

McDonald is the country's No1 ranked horseman and has won more than £63.8million during his career.

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