Newmarket hit by new flu outbreak,  dashing hopes for swift resumption 

Newmarket hit by new flu outbreak,  dashing hopes for swift resumption 

“The Newmarket community – including licensed trainers, veterinary surgeries, farriers, racing school and all other relevant bodies – are being advised to continue to show increased vigilance in biosecurity.

“This information is being relayed to the Newmarket community immediately in order to ensure that appropriate action can be taken ahead of any morning activities. The BHA will be in further contact with Newmarket trainers tomorrow morning.

“A further update will be issued as early as possible tomorrow. This will include further details of action that is being taken off the back of this incident, and how the process will operate for the decision which will be made tomorrow evening regarding whether it is possible to resume racing on Wednesday 13 February.

The prospect of racing returning quickly has divided the sport and while there was some optimism after the positive results from the weekend, realistically many are expecting the ban to be extended.

On Radio 5 Live, former top trainer Martin Pipe voiced doubts about a quick resumption. “I think it might be difficult, it might be doubtful, it depends how they progress on the tests,” he said. “I’m hopeful it might be on by the end of the week, but that’s hope more than anything.”

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