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07 February 2019 09:31

Thursday’s race meetings cancelled across Britain after equine flu outbreak

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Horse racing meetings in Britain all CANCELLED after disease outbreak

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) made the decision on Wednesday night after the Animal Health Trust confirmed three positives tests from vaccinated horses in an active racing yard. In a statement, the BHA reported horses from the infected yard raced on Wednesday at Ayr and Ludlow, adding identification of the virus in vaccinated animals presented a "cause for significant concern". The BHA statement added: "The action to cancel racing has been viewed as necessary in order to restrict, as far as possible, the risk of further spread of the disease. The governing body's statement added: "The BHA is presently communicating with yards potentially exposed to ensure appropriate quarantine and biosecurity measures are put in place and horse movements restricted to avoid possible further spread of the disease. 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.

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The decision by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) comes after three vaccinated horses in an active yard tested positive for the disease. The British Horseracing Authority said: "The fact that the cases have been identified in vaccinated horses presents a cause for significant concern over welfare and the potential spread of the disease and the action to cancel racing has been viewed as necessary in order to restrict, as far as possible, the risk of further spread of the disease," the BHA said in a statement. Camera Icon Kementari is favourite to win first-up in the Orr Stakes, Picture: AAP But the Sixers, who also beat Thunder last week, will have the right of reply in Sunday night's blockbuster with Melbourne Stars, the last match of the home-and-away season. Perth ($3.25) and Victory ($3.25) share top billing in TAB's premiership markets, ahead of Sydney FC ($4), Melbourne City ($9) and Adelaide ($12). MELBOURNE City ($2.15) will start favourite to beat Adelaide United ($3.30) at AAMI Park despite back-to-back losses to Sydney FC and Wellington.

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Taking the shorts on the Hurricanes and Stars to get the job done in the Big Bash and Melbourne United to complete a season-sweep of the Sydney Kings. All of Thursday's racing at British racecourses was cancelled late on Wednesday night because of an outbreak of equine influenza, the first time such drastic action has been taken since the foot and mouth crisis in 2001. Three horses in an active racing yard tested positive for the highly contagious disease, and the British Horseracing Authority took the extreme measure to call off meetings at four UK tracks in a bid to prevent it spreading further. The BHA said horses from the affected yard had raced on Wednesday at Ayr and Ludlow, which raised the potential for several yards across the country and in Ireland to have become infected. 'The fact that the cases have been identified in vaccinated horses presents a cause for significant concern over welfare and the potential spread of the disease and the action to cancel racing has been viewed as necessary in order to restrict, as far as possible, the risk of further spread of the disease,' the BHA said in a statement.

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The BHA said they had the unanimous backing of their industry veterinary committee to cancel racing on Thursday, which was due to take place at Huntingdon, Doncaster, Ffos Las and Chelmsford. All horse racing across the UK today has been cancelled due to an outbreak of equine flu. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) made the decision after three vaccinated horses in an active racing yard tested positive for the disease. The BHA said horses from the infected yard raced at Ayr and Ludlow yesterday, potentially exposing a significant number of horses from yards across the country and in Ireland. The BHA said: "The fact that the cases have been identified in vaccinated horses presents a cause for significant concern over welfare and the potential spread of the disease and the action to cancel racing has been viewed as necessary in order to restrict, as far as possible, the risk of further spread of the disease.

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British horse racing was plunged into a sudden crisis on Wednesday night as it emerged that three horses in an active yard, believed to be that of Donald McCain, have tested positive for equine influenza, despite having been vaccinated against it. 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. The fact that the cases have been identified in vaccinated horses presents a cause for significant concern over welfare and the potential spread of the disease and the action to cancel racing has been viewed as necessary in order to restrict, as far as possible, the risk of further spread of the disease.