In its daily update on the situation, the BHA said it and the Animal Health Trust, which is doing all the testing, would be working through the weekend and the BHA still hopes to have enough analytical evidence to make an “informed and evidence-based decision” on Monday about whether racing will be able to resume at the four meetings scheduled for Wednesday.
Earlier, on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, the BHA’s chief executive Nick Rust said he was confident the authority’s quick response and a “war-room” of vets would restrict the shutdown in racing to a few weeks rather than for months.
“If we play Russian roulette with the evidence we’ve got, we could have a problem for three to six months,” he said. “And nobody would thank us for that.
“This is a serious form of flu, which debilitates horses. The welfare of our horses is really paramount, above all economics. First and foremost, we have no sport without healthy horses. The worst fears are that we don’t contain it, but we’re fairly confident we will manage to restrict it.”