British Horseracing has confirmed its response to the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak as at 6pm on Monday 6th August.
A meeting was held this morning between the British Horseracing Authority, the Racecourse Association, Weatherbys and the Animal Health Trust to discuss the current Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak and British Racing’s response to it.
Following this meeting, conversations with DEFRA and having taken into account the views of veterinary experts and scientists about minimising movement within the locality of affected animals the Authority has determined that maintaining its current precautionary measures is appropriate.
Licensed trainers within the DEFRA defined Protected or Surveillance Zones are therefore temporarily unable to have runners. There is currently just one trainer affected by this measure.
This position is being reviewed continuously in liaison with DEFRA.
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Detailed information on the outbreak can be obtained from www.defra.gov.uk
The position of the Turf Club and France Galop remains unchanged.
For further information please call Paul Struthers, PR Manager, on 07966 590105 or Will Lambe, Communications Manager, on 07816 914409.