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Aussies Fear EI Outbreak

There is no need to fear or panic...well, maybe just a little need, as the arriving shipment of overseas horses to the now infamous Eastern Creek Quarantine facility in Sydney revealed a health risk Sept. 24.

Record Covers In Australia

The upcoming years in Australia will be effected in many ways following the devastation that was equine influenza, in particular on the racetracks. For instance, while Victoria remained, astonishingly, EI free for the duration of the crisis in Australia, broodmare owners in Victoria had no option but to send their mares to Victorian based stallions. As a result we now have a set of statistics that defy belief.

EI Shipping Lockdown Starts to Ease

EI Shipping Lockdown Starts to Ease

The interstate shipping of horses in Eastern Australia is just beginning again, four months after an equine influenza outbreak shutdown racing and delayed the breeding season in New South Wales and Queensland. The horses were mostly yearlings entered in the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearing sale

EI Outbreak Affecting Yearling Sale

EI Outbreak Affecting Yearling Sale

The aftermath of Australia's equine influenza outbreak is aggravating an already tense rivalry between Victorian and New South Wales Thoroughbred breeders. Victoria breeders are asking that all yearlngs prepped in New South Wales for the Inglis Premier Sale in March be kept out of the sale. Australia currently has a ban on interstate horse transport. NWS breeders have said all vaccinated horses should be allowed to be shipped to the sale.

EI Oubreak Affecting Yearling Sales

EI Oubreak Affecting Yearling Sales

The aftermath of Australia's equine influenza outbreak is aggravating an already tense rivalry between Victorian and New South Wales Thoroughbred breeders. Victoria breeders are asking that all yearlngs prepped in New South Wales for the Inglis Premier Sale in March be kept out of the sale. Australia currently has a ban on interstate horse transport. NWS breeders have said all vaccinated horses should be allowed to be shipped to the sale.

EI Inquiry Shows Procedural Flaws

Three months after Australia's first-ever outbreak of equine influenza, an independent inquiry into the history and management of the outbreak is uncovering troubling flaws in the government's quarantine procedures, according to recently published inquiry transcripts.

Japanese Quarantine Agreed Upon

Japanese Quarantine Agreed Upon

Quarantine protocols will be enacted to enable Japanese horses to compete in the 2007 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races.

Queensland Declares EI Natural Disaster

Queensland Declares EI Natural Disaster

The Queensland racing industry is in ruin, so Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has declared the horse flu crisis a "natural disaster." She has placed the state's Disaster Management Group in charge of handling the outbreak and announced an emergency relief package for people directly employed in the racing industry.

Hits Keep Coming Down Under Because of Virus

Magic Millions, which conducts the largest movement of yearlings in Australia with its eight-day sale each January, has acknowledged the sale won't take place as previously advertised because of the equine influenza outbreak.

Warwick Outbreak Forces Rosehill to Cancel Meet

New South Wales racing was to return Sept. 22 to Sydney's Rosehill Gardens, with 12 races planned and more than 210 horses engaged. The morning of the meeting, that all changed. Horses at Warwick Farm, a track that had previously been clean of equine influenza, came down with the virus. Rosehill officials were forced to scrap the meeting, as many horses set to compete had been trained at Warwick.

Vaccinations Could Help Salvage Australian Breeding Season

Vaccinations Could Help Salvage Australian Breeding Season

Most of the New South Wales breeding season could be salvaged if the Australian government approves a vaccination program to help stem the spread of equine influenza, according to representatives of the William Inglis & Son sale company who are in Kentucky for the Keeneland September yearling sale.

'Bleak Day for Breeding' in Australia

For the embattled, almost crippled breeding industry in New South Wales, the major Thoroughbred nursery in Australia, the news seems to worsen every day. Now wind is driving equine influenza to imperil 15,000 newborn foals.

Viva Pataca Could Be Hong Kong's First BC Runner

The equine influenza outbreak in Australia has had an unexpected positive implication for the Breeders' Cup World Championships, as Hong Kong-based Viva Pataca is now scheduled to compete at Monmouth Park and become Hong Kong's first runner on racing's biggest day in the United States.

Number of EI-Infected Horses Continues to Grow

Number of EI-Infected Horses Continues to Grow

The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries said 835 horses on 119 properties across the state were infected with equine influenza as of Sept. 3, with another 2,900 horses on 319 additional properties considered suspect of having EI.

Horse Tests Positive; New South Wales Locked Down

Horse Tests Positive; New South Wales Locked Down

The chances of the New South Wales lockdown being lifted at the end of the coming weekend took a dramatic turn for the worse when a Thoroughbred in training returned a positive for equine influenza Aug. 30.

Victoria to Race But Virus Outbreak Far From Over

Victoria  to Race But Virus Outbreak Far From Over

Racing Victoria has breathed a huge breath of fresh air into the Thoroughbred industry in Australia by going against the recommendations of its sister states in the wake of an equine influenza outbreak, but the problems is far from resolved.

Racing Suspended; Stud Farms Start Breeding Mares

Racing Suspended; Stud Farms Start Breeding Mares

Racing in New South Wales was suspended indefinitely Aug. 27 in the wake of the escalation of the equine influenza crisis in Australia, and some stud farms began the breeding season early.

Official: Virus Could Be Major Risk in Australia

Official: Virus Could Be Major Risk in Australia

The suspected diagnosis of equine influenza in a quarantined stallion is potentially the biggest risk ever faced by the billion-dollar Australian Thoroughbred industry, federal Agricultural Minister Peter McGauran said.

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