Relief for Simon Crisford as trainer reveals negative flu tests

Four horses had tested positive at Newmarket yard

  • Wednesday 13 February
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Four horses from Simon Crisford’s stable that had tested positive for equine influenza have now returned negative results, the Newmarket trainer has revealed.

The British Horseracing Authority announced on Sunday night that four cases had been identified in vaccinated thoroughbreds at Crisford’s Kremlin House house.

Now, much to Crisford’s relief, the affected horses appear to be clear.

He tweeted: “Good News. All 4 horses who had previously tested positive for Flu have now returned negative results. Further testing to take place next week.”

That is a further boost to the sport, after racing resumed on Wednesday following a six-day shutdown.

And in an additional development, the BHA had good news for trainers who had runners at Ayr last Wednesday, one of the meetings at which the yard of Donald McCain was in action.

Three cases of equine flu identified at McCain’s Cheshire base led to the suspension of racing and that figure subsequently rose to six, including Raise A Spark, who ran at the Ayr fixture.

The BHA tweeted: “All 22 trainers who had runners at Ayr and were awaiting results are now cleared to run after a discussion between BHA and its vet committee.

“All horses who ran at Ayr returned negative tests and the majority of other horses from those yards were also tested & all found negative.”

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