August 23, 2007 at 15:42 #4922
There are cases of equine influenza in Japan and now Australia.
Oz quarantine authorities say a horse currently in quarantine at Eastern Creek, in Sydney’s west, is showing clinical signs consistent with equine influenza.
As a result, all 52 horses at the Eastern Creek facility are to remain in quarantine for 30 days before they are proven free of EI.
All 27 horses in a similar facility at Spotswood, Victoria, will remain in quarantine for the same period of time because some of the horses in Spotswood travelled to Australia with the horses in Eastern Creek.
"The extended quarantining of a number of Australia’s top stallions will have a serious effect on the horse breeding industry as the breeding season was due to start on September 1.” Federal Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran said.
Among those affected by the delay are nine of Coolmore Stud’s stallion roster including Encosta De Lago, who is due to serve champion mare Makybe Diva next month, Rock Of Gibraltar, Choisir, Danehill Dancer and newcomer Holy Roman Emperor.
Darley Stud has been even harder hit with 17 of its team quarantined including Elusive Quality and Exceed And Excel and Arrowfield’s Snitzel.
Australia also has an outbreak of Hendra Virus in Brisbane which has seen several horses destined for here, go into an extended quarantine before being cleared to fly out.August 23, 2007 at 17:13 #112301rainbow-promisesMember
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at least it hasn’t effected any the horses from the national stud i’m going there to work in october! but it’s not good and it shouldn’t have happenedAugust 24, 2007 at 02:33 #112365
Oh coolllllllllllllllll – you’ll have a great time!August 24, 2007 at 14:44 #112405
Oh oh there’s now suspected cases at Centennial Park riding complex which is just across the road from Randwick.
NSW Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald reported on Friday evening that stables at Centennial Park, Sydney, had been quarantined after a veterinarian reported ill horses to the NSW Department of Primary Industries.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“In the wake of news today of a suspected case of equine influenza at Eastern Creek we are taking a precautionary approach to the Centennial Park situation,Ã¢â‚¬ÂAugust 24, 2007 at 15:28 #112409
Very bad news for Sydney racing with EI confirmed.
Tests taken from horses at an equine complex at Centennial Park in Sydney have returned positive to equine influenza.
Concerns were raised when about eight horses were found to be suffering from respiratory distress today.
The Centennial Park complex is situated just a stone’s throw from the Randwick racecourse which houses a number of the country’s top racehorses.
It comes at a time when the Australian breeding industry was turned on its ear with news some of the country’s top shuttle sires would be in quarantine for at least another month.
Saturday’s Sydney meeting was to have hostedblack type racing as in the Warwick Stakes, Toy Show Quality, Silver Shadow Stakes, Show County Quality and Up and Coming StakesAugust 24, 2007 at 17:31 #112420rainbow-promisesMember
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not so good, they need to be very careful it’s so contagious! and just not a very pleasant experience for any horse to be in could have been something a lot worse i suppose, isn’t it 30 days before the stallions can come out of quarentine?August 25, 2007 at 02:52 #112456
They are in crisis mode in Australia ALL racing and harness racing across the board has been cancelled.
Race meetings in Victoria and South Australia have been called off in the wake of the equine influenza scare which has already shut down racing and all horse movement in NSW.
Queensland has also called off today’s race meetings.
The move follows the shutdown of all race meetings in NSW including today’s Randwick meeting due to an outbreak of the highly infectious equine influenza (EI).
Queensland Racing Limited’s chief operations manager Malcolm Tuttle said seven country meetings throughout the state as far north as Townsville had been called off while harness meetings at Albion Park and Rocklea in Brisbane today also would not go ahead.
Today’s Doomben race meetings along with the Gold Coast and Toowoomba were earlier called off
11 horses stabled at Centennial Park which has halted all horse movement and shut down racing in the state.
The horses in question are not racehorses, but some are believed to have travelled to country shows in the past few days.
A five kilometre exclusion zone is in place around the Centennial Park stables, taking in nearby Randwick Racecourse where some 700 thoroughbreds are trained.
"Later this morning, the exotic diseases committee made up of the chief veterinary officers of every state and territory will be meeting, and they will be making decisions about how each of their different jurisdictions will respond," Mr McGauran told Sky News today.
"We’ve never had an introduction of influenza in the equine population of Australia ever before, and now eleven horses have provenly tested to influenza A, and if it ws to escape beyond the stable of the horses in centennial park it would have a devastating effect on the horse population."
The first case of EI in Australia was detected in a stallion at the Eastern Creek quarantine station west of Sydney on Thursday.
Mr McGauran said the infection was not harmful to humans but it could be spread through human to horse as well as horse to horse contact.
It was not yet known whether a vaccination was available, he said, adding a nationwide immunisation of horses could be considered.
He said veterinary, horse racing and government officials were viewing the outbreak "extremely seriously … there could be no more serious situation to be frank".
today due to bad weather and concerns over track safety following a week of rain.
However, Tuttle said the three venues would have been included in the shutdown had the meetings not been called off due to the weather.
"Doomben and the other meetings would have been locked down as well if it wasn’t for the wet," Tuttle said.
Federal Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran says state and territory veterinary officials will meet later today to co-ordinate the response to the outbreak of equine influenza (EI)
Racing officials are in crisis talks with the NSW government to try to identify the source of EI found
"Across (NSW) all horse movements will now be restricted, racing will not occur anywhere … for at least today and possibly for a period.
Mr McGauran also did not rule out implications for this years’ Melbourne Cup in November.
"All horse racing and the thoroughbred and horse industry across Australia, in all of its sectors and components, could be affected in the worst case scenario," Mr McGauran said.
"But we won’t allow ourselves to even consider the worst case scenario because we are working to contain it otherwise the worst case scenario will eventuate."August 25, 2007 at 03:12 #112457
Every single horse and pony in Australia is now in official government ordered lock down for the next 72 hours. Loads more tests being done.
A$70 million loss of turnover due to 72 hour lockdown
Tabcorp reported on Saturday on the impact that the three-day shutdown of the thoroughbred and harness racing industries in Australia will have on race betting.
"Tabcorp estimates that the impact of the three-day shutdown on race betting (NSW and Victorian TAB consolidated turnover) to be $70 million.
"Tabcorp is fully supportive of actions taken by the respective governments and the racing industry in dealing with Equine Influenza. Tabcorp is committed to utilising its wagering outlets and Sky Channel to achieve the best outcome for the racing industry during this difficult period."
All them cwazy punters will have to bet on the dishlickersAugust 30, 2007 at 08:36 #112997
I know it doesn’t affect UK racing (well except for Luca Cumani leaping up and down saying the authorities have overreacted and that it’s spoiling his chances of winning a Melbourne CupÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ yeah dream on Luca ) but 8 thoroughbreds are positive to EI at Randwick racecourse and they now won’t race at Sydney’s premier track probably until December.
All the Randwick carnival horses (Waterhouse, Cummings, O’Shea etc) are in lockdown and won’t be running in the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate etc etc and any hoping to go to Hong Kong won’t be either.
488 horses are now confirmed as positive in NSW, one older has died and 1646 are awaiting test results.
6 yearlings that were transported to Victoria from NSW before the transportation embargo was implemented have symptoms as well.
Pretty bad news for NSW Racing they’ll be a few licking paint off the walls in the next few months.
Greg Rudolph, the general manager of racing and commercial operations at Racing NSW, said it was impossible to put a figure on the likely industry losses.
"If we were to shut down for about a month, which has been mooted, turnover on the NSW tote alone is about $220 million (and) there’s loss of prize money to the industry of $13 million over the spring carnival in the next month."August 30, 2007 at 14:55 #113028Black Sam BellamyMember
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Eight Anthony Cummings horses have been diagnosed.
Caufield Carnival has been postponed also. Massive shame; we’ll miss the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield – Haradarsun versus Miss Finland versus El Segundo.August 30, 2007 at 15:04 #113029
Caulfield is fine (Well it was about 15 minutes ago )
11 races on the card
First race at 11.25am. Last race at 5.15pm
Race 8: $200,000, Group II, WFA Memsie Stakes (1400m)
1 BLUTIGEROO Colin Little Danny Brereton 1 59 (115)
2 EL SEGUNDO (NZ) Colin Little Luke Nolen 12 59 (120)
3 LAD OF THE MANOR (NZ) Roger Hoysted Sebastian Murphy (a) 7 59 (117)
4 FALSTAFF (IRE) Lee Freedman 6 TBA 59 (108)
5 NICONERO David Hayes Brad Rawiller 8 59 (114)
6 MAYBE BETTER Brian Mayfield-Smith Corey Brown 4 59 (112)
7 ACTIVATION (NZ) Dale Sutton Stephen Baster 9 59 (112)
8 HARADASUN Tony Vasil Damien Oliver 13 58.5 (116)
9 EFFICIENT (NZ) Graeme Rogerson Steven Arnold 11 58.5 (115)
10 TIPUNGWUTI Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 10 58.5 (96)
11 ZUPAONE John Symons & Sheila Laxon Chris Symons 2 58.5 (102)
12 CINQUE CENTO Peter G Moody Craig Newitt 5 56.5 (114)
13 MISS FINLAND David Hayes Craig Williams 3 56 (119)September 5, 2007 at 08:47 #113666
Three studs in the Hunter Valley have had horses return positive to EI. This will have a devastating affect on the beeding industry as the cream of the crop are in the HV and mares are foaling down left, right and centre this time of year.
Vets have said the mortaility rate among foals can be as high as 40%September 24, 2007 at 21:57 #116280VenusianParticipant
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EI has now been confirmed in Brisbane.September 25, 2007 at 07:43 #116291
QLD in lockdown mode but fortunately we’ve just been cleared of it here after a bit of a scare on the weekend.September 25, 2007 at 11:15 #116320carvillshillParticipant
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A friend of mine is a horse vet in Queensland and they are due to start vaccinating this weekend, but there’s no racing till February. Vaccination is the only way forward and should have been done before now- the horse population is so internationally mobile now that keeping EI out of anywhere is well-nigh impossible. I reckon all the Oz horse population will have to be vaccinated and the Kiwis will have to follow suit sooner or later.
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