Last Updated: 11/02/19 11:32pm
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) have announced a “risk-managed return to racing” will take place from Wednesday following a six-day shutdown because of equine influenza.
Racing in Britain, which has been on hold since Thursday, will resume with two jump meetings at Musselburgh and Plumpton, alongside the all-weather fixtures at Southwell and Kempton.
The sport was rocked last Wednesday after three cases of the highly-contagious virus – subsequently rising to six – were identified at the yard of Grand National-winning trainer Donald McCain in Cheshire.
Hopes of a resumption this week appeared to fade on Sunday night when it was revealed four further positive tests had been discovered at Simon Crisford’s stable in Newmarket.
But the BHA said in a statement on Monday night: “After consultation with its veterinary committee, and based on the latest tests conducted by the Animal Health Trust, the BHA’s chief regulatory officer, Brant Dunshea, tonight confirmed that racing could resume, but only with strict biosecurity controls in place.
“This decision to return racing in a controlled, risk-managed manner was unanimously supported by the industry veterinary committee.”
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