Melbourne Cup 2021: Owner of winner Verry Elleegant tests positive for Covid, raising fears of superspreader event



Melbourne Cup-winning horse owner Verry Elleegant has tested positive for Covid-19. Photo / AP

Melbourne Cup-winning horse owner Verry Elleegant has tested positive for Covid-19.

Ozzie Kheir is believed to have tested positive on Friday and is in isolation.

Initial reports from several outlets suggest that he, his family and several friends had been tested.

NCA NewsWire has reached out to Kheir for comment.

There are now fears of a superspreader event after Kheir was reportedly among those who tested positive after lavish celebrations at a Melbourne venue that has hosted personalities from the racing world.

It comes after the Victoria Racing Club (VCR) said two people present at the races tested positive for coronavirus.

The VCR said on Friday that a contractor who worked at the racetrack on Derby Day and Melbourne Cup Day, and a customer who attended the latter, had tested positive.

The two people are fully vaccinated and the two cases are not related.

“The VRC is working closely with the Department of Health which has been very supportive of the organization of the club’s Covid-safe events and the management of the two cases and the conduct of the Covid-safe event of the Melbourne Cup Carnival”, the club said in a statement.

“The entrepreneur who tested positive worked two full days at The Arbor in the purple area on the ground floor of the club booth.

“The Department of Health has informed the HRV that customers and staff who attended The Arbor on the day of the cut are considered low risk.

“Based on this, clients and staff are advised to monitor their health and get tested if they develop any symptoms.

“The client who tested positive went to the green zone bar on the day of the cut and the Department of Health is in direct contact with the client and his two close social contacts, who are also fully vaccinated.

“Customers who attended the deck bar on Cup day are contacted directly via SMS by the VRC and staff have also been contacted.”

About 10,000 people attended the Melbourne Cup.

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