Star jockeys Kerrin McEvoy and Tommy Berry won’t ride at the Gold Coast Magic Millions carnival

Star jockey Kerrin McEvoy has put Queensland’s rich Gold Coast Magic Millions carnival in the “too hard basket” and will remain in Sydney as he is not prepared to quarantine.

And he isn’t the only multiple Group 1 winning Sydney-based jockey to give next month’s Gold Coast Magic Millions the swerve, with Tommy Berry also choosing to remain in Sydney.

Queensland’s hard-line border restrictions in the wake of Sydney’s coronavirus outbreak mean that Sydney jockeys have to quarantine for two weeks on arrival in Queensland or base themselves out of Sydney in a non-hotspot area for a fortnight before coming to Queensland.

It is something that McEvoy, who won the 2019 Magic Millions 2YO Classic on Exhilarates to give Godolphin its first win in the rich race, simply isn’t prepared to do.

“I’m staying in Sydney, it (the Magic Millions) is in the too hard basket for me with the quarantine requirements,” McEvoy said.

The only way McEvoy will ride on Gold Coast Magic Millions day is if the Queensland Government opens the borders in the next couple of weeks and he secures a late ride.

Kerrin McEvoy celebrates after riding Exhilarates to victory in the 2019 Magic Millions. Pic: AAP.Source:AAP

While Magic Millions will be robbed of star power without McEvoy and Berry, top jockeys Hugh Bowman and James McDonald were riding at Gosford on Tuesday but were then set to base themselves outside of Sydney for a fortnight so they could ride on Magic Millions day on January 16.

Tommy Berry is staying in Sydney rather than riding on Gold Coast Magic Millions day. Pic: Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

Several Sydney trainers such as Bjorn Baker and Gary Portelli are doing likewise so they can attend the Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sales.

“I was in the Hunter Valley for a couple of days and now I’m spending 12 days at Kingscliff (far northern NSW),” Baker said.

Bjorn Baker is currently staying at Kingscliff in northern NSW so he can attend the Gold Coast Magic Millions Sales and raceday next month. Pic: Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

Meanwhile, Nash Rawiller has been booked for Magic Millions 2YO Classic contender Baby Wong which is a $9 chance after finishing runner-up behind Alpine Edge in the Bruce McLachlan Stakes at Eagle Farm last Saturday.

Rawiller will arrive in Queensland later this week to take his first rides of the summer carnival at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Rawiller lives in Sydney but can arrive in Queensland without doing a quarantine period as he has recently been based in Melbourne where he has been riding since December 2.

Nash Rawiller has been booked for Baby Wong in the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic and will take his first rides for the Queensland summer carnival at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Pic: Racing Photos via Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

On Saturday, Rawiller will ride Black Duke for Richard Litt in the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate, Athiri for Godolphin in the Listed Nudgee Stakes and Hilo the Godolphin in The Buffering.

Glen Boss sticks with last-start winner Soxagon in The Buffering.

Originally published asToo hard basket: McEvoy gives Magic Millions the swerve

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