Superstar jockey William Pike has been forced to withdraw from the Rockhampton carnival this week after Covid-19 restrictions in Western Australia slashed his hopes to make it to the iconic Central Queensland meeting.
The Wizard from the West had been touted as the star attraction for the two-day carnival which features the $100,000 Rockhampton Newmarket and Cup but a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine required in his home state after the latest Covid-19 breakout in Queensland has ended hopes of him racing.
Pike, who was going to bring his family over for the carnival said he was shattered not to be able to make the event after securing some top rides in the showcase event.
“I am extremely disappointed not to be coming to Rockhampton, I feel very sorry for the club as they have put in a lot of time and effort to make this happen,” he said.
“I would also like to thank Russell Leonard and Tony Felton for all their time and efforts and I will do everything possible to get to the 2022 Rockhampton carnival.”
The Rockhampton Jockey Club was hoping for a turnover boom over the two days thanks to Pike’s presence but will now make plans to forge on without him.
Both the Newmarket and Cup have received bumper nominations with the like of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, Tony Gollan and Chris Munce among the entries.
“Unfortunately it is what it is, we just have to deal with it at this stage,” outgoing Rockhampton Jockey Club chief executive Tony Felton said.
“We’ve been beaten by Covid unfortunately.”
Originally published asCovid-19 forced Pike out of Rockhampton carnival
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