Thursday races in Britain cancelled over equine flu
Thursday races in Britain cancelled over equine flu
UK racing cancelled over EI scare
08 February, 2019, 14:43
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Trainer Lawney Hill told BBC World: "It is damaging but it's showing how quickly the British Horseracing Authority and the Animal Horse Trust have moved to contain the virus, by stopping the movement of horses and stopping racing - it's the only thing to do to control the virus". It leaves trainers on tenterhooks with next month's renewal of the most important meeting of the year on the horizon.
Three jump meetings had been due to take place in Britain today at Huntingdon, Doncaster and Ffos Las as well as an all-weather Flat meeting at Chelmsford. These include the Betfair Hurdle card at Newbury on Saturday, one of the most valuable meetings of the National Hunt season.
Equine flu is a highly infectious disease which affects horses, mules and donkeys.
The BHA said in its latest statement: "Humans are not at risk from the virus though can be transmitters of the virus".
It is the most potentially damaging of the respiratory viruses that occur in United Kingdom equines and disease symptoms in non-immune animals include high fever, coughing and nasal discharge.
The early precautions being taken over the last couple of days will incubate the industry as a whole against equine influenza.
Veterinarians worked around the clock on Thursday testing thoroughbreds for equine influenza - but results will not come back until Sunday evening at the earliest.
In 2007 there was an outbreak of equine flu in New South Wales in Australia.
Horse racing across the United Kingdom has been banned today, Thursday, in a bid to stop the spread of a serious disease.
Irish trainers Gordon Elliott, John Carr, Shane Nolan, Stuart Crawford, Ronan McNally, Caroline McCaldin and David Christie have had the runners they had in Britain on Wednesday quarantined, away from their stable.
"They are then going to be driven to the Animal Health Trust at Newmarket, where they will be analysed".
The authority added: "While no further positive tests have been received, at least three more days are required before it will be possible to make a decision about whether it is safe to resume racing".
Ayr and Ludlow confirmed the BHA had ordered a "level 2 deep clean" which requires the racecourses to disinfect all facilities where horses were prepared pre- and post-racing. "But at this stage, we can not know if the infection came from recent arrivals or from horses returning from racing".
Gordon Elliott, John Carr, Shane Nolan, Stuart Crawford, Ronan McNally, Caroline McCaldin and David Christie had runners at Ayr or Ludlow on Wednesday but were able to divert them to isolation yards.
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