Equine Flu Hits British Racing

Racing in Ireland continues.

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Horse-racing has been cancelled at all British racecourses on Thursday due to an outbreak of equine influenza.

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced the decision to cancel meetings at Chelmsford, Doncaster, Ffos Las and Huntingdon due to three animals from a single yard testing positive for the virus.

The BHA warned that horses from the yard raced at Ayr and Ludlow on Wednesday, exposing other animals, including some from Irish yards to the risk of infection.

There were multiple Irish runners at both meetings.

A card at Thurles Racecourse is the only one scheduled on these shores on Thursday.

BHA statement:

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), with unanimous support of the BHA’s industry veterinary committee, has taken the decision to cancel racing at all British racecourses on Thursday 7 February 2019.

This is following the BHA being informed this evening by the Animal Health Trust of three confirmed Equine Influenza positives from vaccinated horses in an active racing yard.

Horses from the infected yard have raced today at Ayr and Ludlow, potentially exposing a significant number of horses from yards across the country and in Ireland.