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, said the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

“Clearly there is some risk associated with returning to racing,” said the BHA’s chief regulatory officer Brant Dunshea.

“This risk has been assessed and, based on the evidence – and ensuring biosecurity measures are in place – the level of risk is viewed as acceptable.”

More to follow.

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