JOCKEY Andrea Atzeni has been forced off his rides at Doncaster this weekend after a passenger on his flight from Bahrain tested positive for Covid.

The top rider was booked for several big mounts at the flat track, including the much fancied Juan Elcano.

But he will now have to go into self-isolation following the coronavirus positive.


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Atzeni tweeted: "Due to unforeseen circumstances I will not be able to take up my riding commitments at Doncaster this weekend.

"Good luck to everyone involved, I’ll be watching."

Atzeni had been riding in Bahrain two weeks ago and flew back to Britain last Friday.

He received a text last night confirming a positive case on the flight.

All in all it means Atzeni must forfeit his place on five rides at Doncaster on Saturday.

This includes his mount on 16-1 shot Ascension in the Unibet Lincoln, the big race of the day.

Atzeni told the Racing Post: "Unfortunately I can't ride today. I got a text last night from the NHS saying that someone tested positive on my flight coming back from Bahrain eight days previously.

"So everyone has to isolate for ten days, from that day.

"It came at 5pm and we tried to do something with Dr Jerry Hill and the BHA but I can't ride. I'm waiting to hear whether I'll be able to ride tomorrow.

"I'd rather be at Doncaster but I'll be watching the racing – it is what it is, I can't help it."


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