Horseracing returns after equine flu scare caused lockdown of the sport

HORSE racing is resuming in Britain tomorrow (Feb 13) after shutting down for six days following an outbreak of equine flu.

The virus had threatened Uttoxeter racecourse’s biggest meeting of the year, the Midlands Grand National, on Saturday, March 16.

Two scheduled jump racing fixtures are going ahead tomorrow at Musselburgh and Plumpton, together with the all-weather fixtures at Southwell and Kempton.

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) took the precautionary decision to suspend all racing after three cases of the equine virus were reported at Donald McCain’s Cheshire stables last Thursday, where a further three cases were later reported at the yard.

As a result a total of 174 racing stables across Britain were placed in lockdown.

The decision to resume racing was taken by the BHA late last night, but strict ‘risk-managed’ procedures will be in place to avoid any further outbreak of the virus.