All horse racing across the United Kingdom cancelled on Thursday

All races have been cancelled on Thursday  Image Getty

All races have been cancelled on Thursday Image Getty

Thursday's fixtures at Huntingdon, Doncaster, Ffos Las and Chelmsford City have been cancelled. The yard in question had runners at jump meetings at Ayr and Ludlow on Wednesday.

Australia suffered an outbreak of equine influenza during 2007, which halted thoroughbred racing nationwide on August 25.

Horses that have contracted equine flu can develop a high fever, coughing, nasal discharge and sometimes swelling of the lymph nodes.

But the British Horseracing Authority has now taken the step to call off all meetings scheduled for the rest of this week and the first half of next week.

The BHA has said no definitive decisions on whether racing can take place on Friday or in the coming days will be taken until later this evening once test results return on Thursday evening.

Horses from the infected yard raced on Wednesday at Ayr and Ludlow, potentially exposing a significant number of horses from yards across the country and in Ireland.

A BHA release said the cross-over of horses at the tracks could cause infection to horses around Britain and in Ireland.

"The action to cancel racing has been viewed as necessary in order to restrict, as far as possible, the risk of further spread of the disease".

"The BHA has worked quickly to identify which yards could potentially have been exposed today and to identify the further actions required".

"The BHA is presently communicating with yards potentially exposed to ensure appropriate quarantine and bio-security measures are put in place and horse movements restricted to avoid possible further spread of the disease".

It can be airborne over reasonable distances as well as be transmitted indirectly, including via people.

"Key to our decision-making is understanding exactly the status of the horses that we know raced yesterday from the infected yard".

The Animal Health Trust are working alongside the racing industry on the matter and a further update is expected later on Thursday.

It is the most potentially damaging of the respiratory viruses that occur in United Kingdom equines and disease symptoms in non-immune animals include high fever, coughing and nasal discharge.

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