Sunday 21 July 2019

Racing in Britain to resume on Wednesday after equine flu outbreak

General view of a sign at Newcastle racecourse after the meeting is cancelled following the confirmed outbreak of equine flu Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith
General view of a sign at Newcastle racecourse after the meeting is cancelled following the confirmed outbreak of equine flu Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith
The cancellation of all race meetings until next Wednesday at least will cost the British horseracing industry millions of euro. Photo: PA
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Racing in Britain will resume with four meetings on Wednesday, following a six-day shutdown because of an outbreak of equine influenza, the British Horseracing Authority has announced.

The BHA announced the first abandonments last Thursday, after three cases of the virulent strain were found in vaccinated horses at Donald McCain's yard.

The governing body subsequently called off all British fixtures until Wednesday at the earliest - a six-day shutdown - while it carries out thousands of swab tests on more than 170 yards which might have been at risk of cross-contamination on race days.

While racing continues in Ireland, many within the sport have voiced their frustration at the BHA response.

However, the BHA's chief regulatory officer Brant Dunshea has denied that is in any way the case.

"We don't believe that it is an over-reaction," he told ITV4's Opening Show programme.

"We're being guided by our industry veterinary committee, who are made up of respected veterinary surgeons and professionals from across the industry - representing each of our stakeholder bodies.

"They are the experts, and they're providing the advice we need to make the decisions we believe are right under the circumstances."

 

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