Top jockey Ben Curtis lands 14-day ban for breaching Covid-19 protocols by crossing zones at Newmarket
- Curtis has ridden more British Flat race winners in 2020 than any other jockey
- Jockey was reported for crossing from the Green Zone into the owners’ zone
- A report on the incident at Newmarket on Friday has been forwarded to the BHA
Ben Curtis, who has ridden more British Flat race winners in 2020 than any other jockey, faces two weeks on the sidelines after allegedly breaching Covid-19 protocols at Newmarket on Friday.
Curtis was escorted off the track after being reported for crossing from the Green Zone, accessed by essential workers including participants and officials who have to undergo a degree of testing to access the racecourse, into the owners’ zone.
A report on the incident has been forwarded to BHA headquarters but a breach of racecourse protocols sparks a mandatory 14-day stand-down period.
Ben Curtis faces two weeks on the sidelines after allegedly breaching Covid-19 protocols
Curtis was due to take seven rides at Redcar on Saturday and had been booked for five rides at Yarmouth on Sunday.
The incident came on the day trainer Mark Gillard and his assistant Steven Hosie were given a six-week racecourse ban, back-dated to August 15, for breaching Covid-19 racecourse zone rules.
Earlier this month trainer Gary Moore was fined £750 for crossing between zones at Glorious Goodwood.
A BHA Spokesman said: ‘Ben Curtis was ejected from Newmarket this afternoon for breaching the Covid-19 protocols.
‘He will not be permitted to enter a racecourse for 14 days from today as per the published Covid-19 requirements whilst the matter is investigated further.’