Second yard show signs of equine flu

Second yard show signs of equine flu

No further cases of equine flu have been reported since the McCain trio on Wednesday night and it won't affect the routines of any horses in yards without the virus.

Phumelela International and TellyTrack have reorganised the betting schedule and TV broadcast for today after the news from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) that racing will not resume in the United Kingdom until Wednesday at the earliest, with a decision to be taken on Monday.

"The BHA has worked quickly to identify which yards could have potentially been exposed today and identify the further actions required".

Philip Trampe of said: "The importance of British racing to the industry is reflected in the share price movements of the major betting concerns today, especially those with a large retail exposure".

A decision will be made by the BHA on Monday 11th February if racing can resume next week.

With dozens of yards in lockdown it inevitably led to the abandonment of forthcoming meetings.

Horse racing at Doncaster Racecourse has been cancelled today due to an outbreak of equine flu.

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In an attempt to limit the spread of the respiratory infection, which can be transmitted through the air and by humans, all horse racing in Britain has been cancelled until at least Wednesday, February 13, to allow the BHA to gather the information it needs from potentially infected horses.

Thurles staged the only meeting in Ireland as scheduled on Thursday, and runners from Britain will not be permitted to race in Ireland until further notice.

Donald McCain's yard was the only one represented at both tracks.

There were four meetings scheduled in the United Kingdom on Thursday at Chelmsford City, Doncaster, Ffos Las and Huntingdon along with Thurles in Ireland.

"It added that a plan to reschedule this weekend's key races will be constructed".

"The cancellation of that meeting alone could deprive the betting industry of up to £20 million in lost turnover and it looks unlikely punters switch their interest to racing from Ireland or further afield".

According to the BHA "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".

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