Horse racing to resume following equine flu outbreak

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Horse racing in Britain will resume on Wednesday following a six-day shutdown because of an outbreak of equine flu.

The British Horseracing Authority says racing will begin again with four meetings on Wednesday.

The sport has been on hold since last Thursday, after the highly-contagious virus was identified in six horses at the yard of Grand National-winning trainer Donald McCain in Cheshire.

The BHA says after consultation with its veterinary committee, and based on the latest tests conducted by the Animal Health Trust, the body’s chief regulatory officer Brant Dunshea confirmed racing could resume 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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