Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Equine flu outbreak causes Newbury races to be cancelled

Equine flu outbreak causes Newbury races to be cancelled

The BHA has since confirmed six horses from McCain's yard have now returned positive tests for equine flu.

"This precautionary approach is meant to ensure we put the health of the horse population and control of the virus first, and avoid any unnecessary risk that might come from returning to racing too quickly", said a BHA statement.

The sport's ruling body said it had identified yards that could have potentially been exposed today.

"The Festival isn't for five weeks and we hope that the BHA's early actions will resolve this matter quickly".

One of the horses, Raise A Spark, ran at Ayr races on Wednesday and had shown no symptoms of the highly contagious virus beforehand.

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.

Officials are now facing millions of pounds in lost revenue in what could become the biggest shutdown in British horse racing since the 2001 foot and mouth epidemic.

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Stuart Williamson of Newmarket Equine Hospital is one of a large number of vets, all decked out in protective clothing, involved in taking nasal swabs from horses in the yards under temporary closure.

On Saturday, Lingfield, Newbury, Uttoxeter, Warwick and Wolverhampton were on the schedule, with Exeter and Southwell hosting events on Sunday.

The action to cancel Thursday's races was taken with unanimous support of the BHA's industry veterinary committee and will affect meetings at Huntingdon, Doncaster, Ffos Las and Chelmsford. If racing is back on by the end of next week, key races may be rescheduled at Ascot.

"The full extent of potential exposure is unknown and we are working quickly to understand as much as we can to assist our decision making".

Equine flu is easily passed to other horses, and considering McCain had runners earlier this week, they could have potentially been carrying the flu. 11th February, as to when racing will resume here, although it continues in Ireland, but without any British participation.

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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