United Kingdom racing cancelled over EI scare

United Kingdom racing cancelled over EI scare

An outbreak of equine flu has forced the cancellation of all British racing on Thursday until February 13 at the earliest, after three horses tested positive for the virus, despite having been vaccinated against it. These include the Betfair Hurdle card at Newbury on Saturday, one of the most valuable meetings of the National Hunt season.

"This approach will allow samples to be collected and assessed by the Animal Health Trust in order that a fully informed decision can be made on Monday".

The BHA conceded "the full extent of potential exposure is unknown" but is working as fast as possible to gather information about any potential spread of the outbreak.

Yards potentially exposed have been urged to ensure appropriate quarantine and biosecurity measures are in place and horse movements restricted to avoid possible further spread of the disease.

"The worst part of it is that we are starting to miss races that were part of the horses" preparation, ' he added.

"We felt clarity for the industry was the most important thing at this challenging time".

'I don't know if that will need a few more days or not.

'The results from those tests will not be known until this evening.

It is one of four meetings across the United Kingdom scheduled today that have been cancelled by the British Horseracing Authority. "The festival isn't for five weeks and we hope that the BHA's early actions will resolve this matter quickly".

Scheduled races at Chelmsford, Doncaster, Huntingdon and Ffos Las have all been abandoned today.

You should shower and wash carefully, wash your hair and put on a fresh set of clothes, including shoes, after contact with any horses who could be infected with the disease. Tens of thousands of horses can be affected by one outbreak.

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Paddy Power have not offered odds on whether the Cheltenham Festival will be cancelled or not, but it is effectively a 5/1 chance that it will, given it starts after March 1st.

The Animal Health Trust has already identified seven cases in domestically-owned horses in a month in Yorkshire, Essex, Suffolk, Cheshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.

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. After every race meeting it is a requirement to to do deep cleaning of the equine areas.

A statement from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) read, "Horses from the infected yard have raced at Ayr and Ludlow, potentially exposing a significant number of horses from yards across the country and in Ireland".

The outbreak was discussed in parliament on Thursday.

Potential risks are magnified given the amount of Irish runners overseas in recent days which could have come in contact with equine influenza.

The BHA issued a warning to racing professionals on January 19 but, until now, no cases in Britain had been confirmed from active yards in vaccinated horses.

"Equine influenza is a virus that affects the respiratory system and is very specific to horses". It is highly contagious.

The virus can also be physically carried on equipment and vehicles. The BHA consulted with its veterinary committee before making this decision.

The Jockey Club Estate's schooling grounds in Lambourn have been closed to outside horses as a precaution, a move which was reciprocated for Newmarket's gallops.

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