The British Horseracing Authority has confirmed three cases of equine influenza, triggering the cancellation of all racing in Britain for the next several days and the shutdown of training yards across the country. According to the Racing Post, trainer Donald McCain said his stable was the source of the outbreak.
More than 100 trainers have placed their training yards into quarantine as BHA vets discuss with them the risk of any further spread in the horse population.
Wolverhampton is one of three racecourses doing a “deep clean” in the coming days. Equine influenza is highly contagious and thousands of horses can be affected in a single outbreak. Horses remain infectious for about a week.
The BHA is expected to announce on Monday plans for resuming racing but for now, racing has been halted until at least next Wednesday, Feb. 13.
“We are temporarily closed down as we had two runners at Wolverhampton on Monday evening,” trainer Jamie Osbourne told the Racing Post. “So my whole team are being swabbed and we're being very vigilant with temperature taking.”
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