The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said on Monday that horse racing in Britain, halted last week after several cases of equine influenza, will resume on Wednesday.
While the BHA's regulatory officer Brant Dunshea admitted there were some risks associated with returning to racing, those risks had been assessed and deemed acceptable as long as biosecurity measures are employed. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.
His yard was one of the 174 required to undergo testing due to the fact that runners from the stable competed at Newcastle on February 5, which had been identified as a potential risk fixture.
The British Horseracing Authority was yesterday deliberating on a resumption in the United Kingdom and tweeted late last night: 'This evening's veterinary committee meeting has been extensive in order to ensure that a thorough risk assessment has been carried out.
The all weather fixtures at Southwell and Kempton will go ahead tomorrow, alongside the two scheduled jump fixtures at Musselbrugh and Plumpton.
Speaking on Tuesday's edition of After The Last, the Racing Post scribe said participant sentiment toward the sport's governing body remained mixed despite the BHA announcing a risk-managed return to racing will take place from Wednesday nearly a week after racing was halted.
Both were placed under lockdown but racing has been allowed to continue in Ireland. We will observe closely those horses who are taken to the racecourse and will intervene as a precaution to prevent a horse running or accessing a racecourse if we believe it might put other horses at risk of infection. "This is not a typical endemic period and it was essential that precautions be taken to protect the horse population".
The cancellation of race meetings raises significant concerns for United Kingdom bookmakers, as the blow to gambling income will subsequently result in the reduction of contributions paid to the industry via the betting levy.
Also on the card is the Betway Handicap Chase (for the Harry Dufosee Memorial Trophy); a race steeped in history, and held in memory of the late, great Harry Dufossee who played a pivotal part in ensuring racing continued at Wincanton after WWII by buying the land with a group of friends.
Equine influenza produces symptoms similar to the human flu, including a cough and high temperature.
The authority also confirmed that testing had been carried out on the remaining 27 horses from the yard of Rebecca Menzies - where testing of three suspected cases came back negative on Saturday.