Equine flu - how the week-long drama unfolded
AN outbreak of equine influenza shocked racing to its core over the past week - here is how it all unfolded.
» 11.30pm Wednesday, February 6
THE British Horseracing Authority issues a press release stating all racing in Britain on Thursday is cancelled because of three cases of equine flu found in a racing yard.
» 9am Thursday
THE BHA provides an update, announcing widespread testing is being carried out and that a decision on Friday’s racing will be made in the evening.
» 2.10pm Thursday
DONALD Mccain confirms he is the trainer at the centre of the outbreak.
» 4.10pm Thursday
THE BHA announces there will be no racing in Britain until Wednesday at the earliest - and that a decision will be taken on Monday as to when the shutdown may end.
» 1pm Friday
TRAINER James Tate, a qualified vet, is the first to announce his whole string has tested clear of the virus.
» 2.25pm Friday
NEWS breaks that Raise A Spark, a Mccain runner at Ayr on Wednesday, has tested positive - one of three more to do so at the yard.
» 6pm Friday
NEW guidelines are published in Ireland, where racing continues without British runners, that all horses must have been vaccinated within eight weeks of their race.
» 8pm Friday
REBECCA Menzies announces she has a horse with “suspicious” symptoms.
» 8am Saturday SEVERAL leading trainers take to the papers, voicing their displeasure at the shutdown and calling it an over-reaction.
» 2.15pm Saturday
BHA reports no more new positives tests, and all those tested at the Menzies yard are clear.
» 4.35pm Sunday
AROUND 1,500 horses have been tested. All, apart from the six at Mccain’s stable, have returned negative samples.
» 10.40pm Sunday
THE BHA reveals four horses at Simon Crisford’s Newmarket yard have tested positive.
» 2pm Monday
TESTS continue, with the scheduled announcement regarding the possible resumption of racing not expected until 10.30pm at the earliest.
» 4pm Monday
THE Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board announces the ban placed on British runners has been lifted.
» 4.20pm Monday
THE BHA arranges a London press conference for 8am on Tuesday, with all the major players.
» 11.15pm Monday
RACING gets the green light to resume on Wednesday from a veterinary committee.