British horse racing has been given a boost following the recent outbreak of equine flu, with no new positive cases reported, the Guardian report.
The British Horseracing Authority made the decision on Thursday to abandon all meetings across the country until Wednesday after three initial positive tests returned from Donald McCain’s yard in Cheshire.
The infected horses raced at Ayr and Ludlow on Wednesday, with the BHA suggesting that there was ‘cause for significant concern’.
Rebecca Menzies’ yard, located in Durham, also had horses showing symptoms of the disease, however, the swabs taken came back clear.
Talking after receiving the results, stable owner Menzies said:
My team here are all delighted. My grateful thanks on behalf of ourselves and all racing fans to the huge amount of work by the British Horseracing Authority in the last few days.
Undoubtedly the actions taken will ensure we are back racing as soon as possible.
174 stables will remain under lockdown across the country, however, with no new cases reported, British racing may well get back underway on Wednesday.
With the positive news coming on Saturday, racing authorities are set to make a decision on Monday regarding when racing can once again resume across the country.