UK equine flu: 4 new positives

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UK equine flu: 4 new positives

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London – Four new positive tests for equine influenza have been returned from vaccinated thoroughbreds at trainer Simon Crisford’s yard in Newmarket, the British Horseracing Authority has announced.

The news comes less than 24 hours before the sport’s governing body is set to decide whether racing in Britain will resume on Wednesday following a six-day shutdown over the flu outbreak.

The quartet of positives takes the total confirmed number to 10, after six horses from the Donald McCain yard were last week found to have contracted the virus.

The new cases appear to be unconnected to the McCain positives, since the two trainers’ horses have not recently run at the same meeting.

The BHA statement read: “The affected yard is that of Simon Crisford, who has been named in order to ensure that the Newmarket community is aware of the yard at which an infection has been identified.

“This yard is one of the 174 which has been required to undergo testing due to the fact that runners from the stable competed at the fixture at Newcastle on February 5, which had been identified as a potential risk fixture. At the moment the affected horses are all contained within this yard.”

The Newcastle fixture last Tuesday was identified as a risk because horses from the Rebecca Menzies yard, which reported a “suspicious” case, had run there. However, all the horses at Menzies’ yard subsequently tested negative for equine flu.

The statement continued: “The Newmarket community – including licensed trainers, veterinary surgeries, farriers, racing school and all other relevant bodies – are being advised to continue to show increased vigilance in biosecurity.

“A further update will be issued as early as possible on Monday. This will include further details of action that is being taken off the back of this incident, and how the process will operate for the decision which will be made on Monday evening regarding whether it is possible to resume racing on Wednesday, February 13.” – www.racingpost.com

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