Horse flu takes toll on Northern Rivers racing

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The New South Wales Northern Rivers Racing Association has been hard hit by the horse flu outbreak that has forced the cancellation of several race days.

Spokesman Fred Worrod says that sadly Ballinas’ Broadwater Cup had to be cancelled, along with other meetings along the north and mid-north coast.

Mr Worrod says that is a tough break for local trainers and jockeys, as well as a blow for the communities that stood to benefit from the race meetings.

“The Northern Rivers area’s been pretty hacked up with this equine influenza outbreak,” he said. “So all Northern Rivers’ meetings and all NSW meetings have been cancelled up until a review takes place.”

Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald commented: “We now have 835 horses infected with Equine Influenza on 119 confirmed properties across NSW. More than 2900 horses are suspect on a total of 319 locations around NSW. The State is still obviously in the grip of horse flu and the ban on the movement of horses must stay in place to stop the disease spreading further.”

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