Equine flu - how the week-long drama un­folded

Gloucestershire Echo - - RACING -

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.

Don­ald Mccain

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