All UK horse racing cancelled 'costing industry £150m in lost revenues'
All horse racing in the UK has been cancelled for a minimum of six days because of an outbreak of equine flu, in a move that is estimated to be set to cost the industry more than £150 million ($194 million) in lost revenue, according to the UK’s Daily Express newspaper.
The British Horseracing Authority is due to make a further assessment on Monday of when racing can resume, amid fears that the lucrative Cheltenham Festival, due to begin in five weeks’ time, on 12 March, could be affected.
The highly contagious virus has been detected at the yard of trainer Donald McCain.
Over 100 stables which might have come into contact with infected horses have been put into lockdown.
The BHA said in a statement: “The disease can take up to three days before symptoms are visible, meaning it will take until Sunday at the earliest before the BHA can gather all the information required, so a fully informed decision can be made on Monday.”