• Cases discovered in swabs from trainer Simon Crisford’s yard
• BHA meets on Monday to consider Wednesday resumption
Racing was rocked by late-night bad news for the second time in five days when it emerged that horses at a second stable, this time in Newmarket, have tested positive for equine influenza. Four cases of the highly contagious disease were discovered among the swab samples provided by the trainer Simon Crisford, throwing into jeopardy the hoped-for resumption of racing this week.
No racing has taken place since Wednesday when news broke that horses at Donald McCain’s yard had been found to have EI. However, hopes had steadily risen that the problem might be confined to his Cheshire base as the days ticked by without a positive finding elsewhere. By Sunday afternoon the British Horseracing Authority confirmed 1,500 tests from yards around Britain had all returned negative, bar the initial six from McCain’s.
Four cases of equine flu discovered at second stable, in Newmarket