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Equine flu: Trainers welcome racing return after six-day shutdown

Horses at Simon Crisford’s Newmarket stables – one of two yards with infected animals Trainers have welcomed the return of racing on Wednesday after a six-day shutdown because of equine flu. Four meetings will take place after the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) gave the go-ahead late on Monday night. There are afternoon jumps fixtures at Plumpton in Sussex and Scottish track Musselburgh, plus all-weather fixtures at Southwell and at Kempton Park (Surrey) in the evening. The first race on British soil since 6 February will be at Southwell. The apprentice…

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Equine flu: British horse racing to resume after shutdown over virus

Horse racing in Britain will resume on Wednesday after a six-day shutdown following an outbreak of equine flu. Two scheduled jump racing fixtures will go ahead at Musselburgh and Plumpton, alongside the all-weather fixtures at Southwell and Kempton. Racing was suspended after three cases of equine flu at Donald McCain’s Cheshire stables. Three further cases were later reported at his yard. A total of 174 racing stables had been placed in lockdown. The decision to resume racing in a “controlled, risk-managed manner” was unanimously supported by an industry veterinary committee,…

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Equine flu: BHA to decide on Monday if racing can return on Wednesday

Equine flu: Inside the Newmarket laboratory that detected the outbreak The British Horseracing Authority will make a decision on Monday evening whether racing can resume on Wednesday following an outbreak of equine flu. All racing has been off since Thursday while the BHA tests horses nationwide. Four new positive tests were returned in vaccinated thoroughbreds at the Newmarket yard of flat trainer Simon Crisford on Sunday. The BHA said the decision will be released after 22:30 GMT on Monday to weigh up the most recent evidence. It will take into…

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Equine flu: Four new positive tests returned at Simon Crisford’s Newmarket yard

Equine flu: Inside the Newmarket laboratory that detected the outbreak Four new positive tests for equine flu have been returned in vaccinated thoroughbreds at the Newmarket yard of flat trainer Simon Crisford. Racing is on hold until at least Wednesday while the British Horseracing Authority tests horses nationwide. The suspension came after the discovery on Thursday of six cases of equine flu at Donald McCain’s Cheshire stable. Crisford’s yard was named so “the Newmarket community is aware” where the infection has been found, the BHA said. The yard is one…

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Equine flu: What is the cost to horse racing?

Image copyright Getty Images Horse racing is facing its biggest health – and financial – crisis in 18 years, with the industry forced to close down in the UK due to an outbreak of equine flu. More than 100 stables remain on lockdown, with six days of meetings cancelled, as the authorities work to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious illness. The industry, which is worth an estimated £3.5bn to the UK economy a year, and the wider sector employ close to 100,000 people (with about a fifth directly…

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Equine flu: 174 stables in lockdown – what now for horse racing, Cheltenham and jockeys?

Equine flu: Inside Newmarket laboratory which detected outbreak Meltdown. Lockdown. The headlines tell a tale, but what is likely to be the real impact for British horse racing of the equine flu crisis? A six-day shutdown of race meetings has been ordered and 174 stables are in quarantine as the sport’s rulers try to contain the highly contagious disease. So what could happen next? When might racing resume? What are the odds on the showpiece Cheltenham Festival taking place next month? Could other areas be affected? And are there any…

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Horse racing: Cheltenham concerns after equine flu outbreak

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s horse racing industry was on tenterhooks on Friday following an outbreak of equine flu with next month’s showpiece Cheltenham Festival the focus of attention. FILE PHOTO: Horse Racing – Cheltenham Festival – Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain – March 16, 2018 Richard Johnson on Native River celebrates after winning the 15.30 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers/File Photo All race meetings in Britain have been canceled until Wednesday and three more cases of equine flu were confirmed on Friday at the stables of…

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Equine flu: Three more horses diagnosed as positive

Three more cases have been confirmed at the stables of trainer Ginger McCain as British horse racing is shut down by an equine flu crisis. One of the horses, Raise A Spark, ran at Ayr races on Wednesday and had shown no symptoms of the highly contagious virus beforehand. That takes the total of cases to six at McCain’s Cheshire stables, and a separate suspicious case elsewhere is also being investigated, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said. As part of a six-day racing shutdown, all meetings have been cancelled in…

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Bets off for Britain’s bookies after horse flu outbreak

LONDON (Reuters) – A shutdown in British horse racing due to an outbreak of equine influenza is costing the bookmaking industry tens of millions of pounds, Betfair said on Friday, and could get much worse if the outbreak is prolonged. Horse Racing – Kempton Park – Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, Britain – February 8, 2019 General view of a horse being ridden at the racecourse after the meeting is cancelled following the confirmed outbreak of equine flu Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley Race meetings will be postponed in Britain…

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Equine Flu: British horse racing cancelled until at least 13 February

Doncaster was one of the fixtures called off on Thursday Horse racing will not resume in Britain until Wednesday, 13 February at the earliest after an outbreak of equine flu, the British Horseracing Authority has announced. All fixtures on Thursday were called off by the BHA after three vaccinated horses tested positive for the disease. Trainer Donald McCain has confirmed the horses came from his Cheshire stables. Horses from the infected yard raced on Wednesday, potentially exposing a significant number of horses. “This precautionary approach is intended to ensure we…

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