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Racing given the green light

Musselburgh picRacing has been given the green light to resume in Britain on Wednesday 13 February after six blank days following an outbreak of equine influenza in vaccinated racehorses.

The BHA lifted the lockdown on racing late on Monday evening after a lengthy meeting of its veterinary committee with an official confirmation of a "risk managed return" coming at 11.20pm.

Plumpton and Musselburgh (pictured) will put jump racing back on track while Kempton and Southwell will do the same for the Flat on the all-weather.

The BHA also confirmed some of last weekend's cancelled big races have been rearranged.

Ascot is putting on a nine-race card on Saturday which will include the Betfair Hurdle and Denman Chase from Newbury last Saturday alongside its scheduled Ascot Chase.

The Kingmaker Novices' Chase from Warwick last Saturday has been rescheduled at Sandown on Friday.

Racing in Britain was shut down after equine flu was diagnosed last Wednesday in three vaccinated horses at trainer Donald McCain’s stables in Cheshire.

A similar late-night decision was taken by the BHA last week to suspend racing and isolate over 100 racing stables that had sent runners to three meetings where McCain had runners that day and at Wolverhampton two days earlier. A further three horses from McCain's yard tested positive for the virus on Friday.

The Animal Health Trustis in the process of analysing thousandsof equine swabs from racehorses in Britain, and over 1,000 clear results were processed over the weekend.

But late on Sunday night another four horses tested positive at Simon Crisford’s Newmarket stables over the weekend, raising concerns racing would not resume. However,the BHA lifted its suspension late on Monday evening.

12 February 2019

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