Following the publication on Friday 23rd February of precautionary measures to be taken by those involved in the training and racing of racehorses, a meeting was held this morning at Portman Square, attended by representatives of the British Horseracing Board, Jockey Club, Racecourse Association, the National Trainers Federation and racehorse transporters.
Dr Peter Webbon, the Jockey Club’s Chief Veterinary Adviser, and Dr James Wood of the Animal Health Trust, who were also in attendance, provided an up to date briefing on the Foot and Mouth outbreak, including the latest reports from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF).
The meeting considered additional measures which should be taken by the industry in the run-up to and at forthcoming fixtures in order to further minimise the already very low risk of the virus being spread. These will be published later today on the BHB and Jockey Club websites (www.bhb.co.uk and www.thejockeyclub.co.uk).
It was agreed that, in view of its dynamic nature, the situation would remain under constant review. The latest detailed information discussed at the meeting will now be conveyed to the Directors of BHB and the Stewards of the Jockey Club.
Paul Greeves, BHB’s Racing Director, said: “Regrettably, the position is developing hour by hour, and we will act accordingly.”
For further information, please contact:
Paul Greeves, BHB, 020 7343 3306
Alan Delmonte, BHB, 020 7343 3318
John Maxse, The Jockey Club, 07785 243232 after 2.30pm