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2 months 2 weeks ago - 2 months 6 days ago #751424 by Mac
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2 months 2 weeks ago #751425 by Bob Brogan
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All meetings in Britain scheduled for Thursday have been cancelled following three confirmed cases of equine influenza, all from vaccinated horses in an active racing yard.

Meetings at Huntingdon, Doncaster, Ffos Las and Chelmsford will not go ahead after the BHA announced the emergency measure in a statement released late on Wednesday evening.

The statement read: "The BHA, with unanimous support of the 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. 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."

Cases of equine influenza had been reported in recent weeks, originally in France but spreading to Ireland and Britain. The BHA issued a warning to racing professionals on January 19 but, until now, no cases in Britain had been confirmed from active yards in vaccinated horses.

The statement continues: "The BHA has worked quickly to identify which yards could have potentially been exposed today and identify the further actions required. 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 full extent of potential exposure is unknown and we are working quickly to understand as much as we can to assist our decision making. The BHA is working closely with the Animal Health Trust and will issue a further update tomorrow. We recommend that any trainer who has concerns about the health status of any of their horses should contact their veterinarian."

Equine influenza is an airborne infection and can travel over fairly large distances and even be transferred through humans, so the prospect of it spreading can be high.

Outbreaks are rare, but one such incident in Australia in 2007 brought racing to a halt nationwide on August 25 and, while the Melbourne spring carnival took place under strict bio-security measures, racing in Sydney did not resume until December 1 of that year.

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2 months 2 weeks ago #751428 by Muhtiman
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......no loss for most punters.....kak racing at this time of year....:whistle:

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2 months 2 weeks ago #751429 by Bob Brogan
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Wrong!

UK racing is a big part of SA punting

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2 months 2 weeks ago #751431 by Muhtiman
Muhtiman replied the topic: Equine flu cancels British racing Thur 7 Feb
....that may be.....but only those that enjoy or are hooked on jumps and awt.....not my bag at all (and other purist punters).....poor quality like when we go through that spell in August.....:dry:

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2 months 2 weeks ago - 2 months 2 weeks ago #751433 by Garrick
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Still better than Flamingo Park, Durban poly, PE poly & Scottsville.
Is that the 'purist' racing you are referring to?
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Get used to it - SA racing is plummeting downhill.
Phum shares declined to R10 this morning.
As they always say in racing : Respect the money........
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2 months 2 weeks ago #751434 by Muhtiman
Muhtiman replied the topic: Equine flu cancels British racing Thur 7 Feb
.....rapidly losing interest in all those SA venues you mention.....but also UK
......thankfully Singapore and Hong Kong are keeping my interest alive....;)

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2 months 2 weeks ago #751437 by Sylvester
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very sorry for them. hope they contain ASAP

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2 months 2 weeks ago #751448 by Over the Air
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I remember very clearly the Equine flu outbreak here in Gauteng ( then the Transvaal ) circa 1986 when there was no racing here for about 3 or 4 months and we carried on racing elsewhere. Then there was a second outbreak in 2003 where bizarrely horses at Vaal and Randjes were affected but those at Turffontein were initially not - this led to a racemeeting where only Turffontein horses raced, I think that was the first and last meeting in SA where only horses from one centre raced. After that meeting the flu hit them and that was the end of Gauteng racing for a while

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2 months 2 weeks ago - 2 months 2 weeks ago #751451 by Steckenpferd
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If the horses that ran from the affected yard yesterday test negative for equine flu today, then racing is likely to resume very quickly, but if one of them tests positive, then we could be in for a long stoppage.
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2 months 2 weeks ago #751454 by Muhtiman
Muhtiman replied the topic: Equine flu cancels British racing Thur 7 Feb
....that 2003 outbreak was believed to have been spread from the Cape Town quarantine station from UK imported horse/s of which was sent to Rantjiesfontein.....:ohmy:.....at the time there seemed to be a big cover up as some were trying to protect the integrity of quarantine protocols.......:S

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2 months 2 weeks ago #751459 by chicken n chips
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33 days to Cheltenham and if this goes on for two or three weeks i doubt very much if the owners of those top class Irish horses will risk bringing them over to Britain.:(

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2 months 2 weeks ago - 2 months 2 weeks ago #751468 by chicken n chips
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You say no loss yet people will lose money as the caterers at the rack will lose out, function rooms are booked out even its the middle of winter, TV revenue will be down due to no viewers thus no ads get paid for, on course staff lose a days pay etc etc, Horse racing is not only for the punter muti
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2 months 2 weeks ago #751469 by Muhtiman
Muhtiman replied the topic: Equine flu cancels British racing Thur 7 Feb
......of course not.....but count your lucky stars it did not happen in peak racing season when an epidemic like this can/could wreak more damage to all those functions jobs and people we/you feel sorry for....but it is always the smaller end of the food chain , the battlers that cannot compete in season that will get the hardship at this point in time.....there may be respite in that this may be contained due to colder weather ....however it seems to be a viral strain that is not addressed by current inoculations as some horses affected have had flu shots....:unsure: .

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2 months 1 week ago #751471 by chicken n chips
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Unfortunately it’s not cold today muti, a warm 3 so I doubt if that would help and yes if it happened in the summer then that would be a major disaster for all who work in the industry and the knock on affect would be huge for the companies that supply them

At least there is Meydan today although some rather small fields

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2 months 1 week ago #751475 by Muhtiman
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....and if the flu is not contained.....no more UK horses will be able to travel to Dubai......:huh:

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2 months 1 week ago #751477 by chicken n chips
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Muhtiman wrote: ....and if the flu is not contained.....no more UK horses will be able to travel to Dubai......:huh:


that will be very bad although i think that at least 60% of the horses that will be running in Dubai are there already.

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2 months 1 week ago #751489 by chicken n chips
chicken n chips replied the topic: Equine flu cancels British racing Thur 7 Feb
No UK racing this weekend for sure and maybe most of next week at least as there are 6 stables who are now on lock down already with others still to be checked out.

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2 months 1 week ago #751491 by Bob Brogan
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Earliest date they can race again -13th FEB

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