First the Cheltenham meeting was cancelled in England, now the foot and mouth outbreak will cause Irish horses not to travel to the Grand National meeting on April 5. This is because the Irish government continues to ask the industry in the country not to ship horses or travel to the country until 30 days after the last confirmed outbreak of the highly contagious disease.
"All along we have asked for people not to travel to Cheltenham and for racing generally in England, Irish Ministry of Agriculture press secretary Paul Savage told The Racing Post
. "That has been our advice since the start of this outbreak and that has not changed."